Amanda's Spicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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This is my favorite turkey for thanksgiving. It’s savory and delightful. The onions, shallots, carrots and celery infuse the turkey and the juices in the bottom of the pan with a wonderful flavor. I personally like spicy food – that’s why I use garlic, chili powder, and paprika to make my turkey. The paprika on top also adds a nice coloring to the bird when it finishes. Be sure to reserve all the juices at the bottom of the pan for one great gravy!

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Servings: 16


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Clean out the turkey's cavity. Remove the innards and disregard (I usually cook mine and feed them to a pet).
  2. Mix butter, garlic powder, chili powder, and 2 tablespoons paprika. Separate the butter mixture into four equal parts.
  3. Place your six stalks of celery (I recommend using the large outer pieces) and carrots in the bottom of a roasting pan. Place turkey in a roasting pan on top of the celery and carrots.
  4. Stuff the turkey with the cut onions and shallots.
  5. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put one part of the butter mix under the skin over each breast. Use the rest of the reserved butter to spread over the whole outside of the turkey.
  6. Season the top of the turkey with salt and pepper. Use the remaining paprika to sprinkle over the top of the turkey.
  7. Cover with foil, and bake in the preheated oven 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 293g
Recipe makes 16 servings
Calories 351  
Calories from Fat 114 32%
Total Fat 12.78g 16%
Saturated Fat 5.9g 24%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 243mg 10%
Potassium 875mg 25%
Total Carbs 6.23g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 7%
Sugars 2.35g 2%
Protein 50.63g 81%
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  • ShaleeDP
    November 25, 2015
    Awesome turkey dish! I like it spicy too!
    • John Spottiswood
      October 24, 2008
      Phenomenal. We'll definitely try this over the holiday season and post our results here!

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