Roasted Turkey with Puerto Rican Flavors



1/4 c olive oil

1 tsp achiote seeds

6 Cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp powdered cumin

2 tbsp sea salt

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

1 14-lb WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or frozen, thawed

1/2 c golden raisins

1/4 c golden rum

10 plantains, very ripe

8 oz butter

1/2 c water

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 Cinnamon stick

For garnish Chili peppers

For garnish Orange slices




Gently heat olive oil and add achiote seeds. Steep for 10 minutes and allow oil to turn a bright red/orange color. (Do not fry seeds or the oil will become bitter.) Strain.


Mix garlic with cumin, salt, pepper and thyme. Stir in achiote oil until it forms a paste.


Pat turkey dry with paper towels.

Rub turkey with a thin layer of the spice rub. Cover and marinate turkey in the refrigerator for about 10-15 hours.



Plump raisins in the rum.

Peel and cube the plantains. Melt butter in a skillet and sauté plantains.

Add water, sugar and cinnamon stick.

Cook until the plantains are soft, about 25 minutes. Add rum and raisins and cook for 10 more minutes.

Remove cinnamon stick. Slightly mash plantains. Let cool.

Loosely fill turkey cavity with the plantain stuffing.


Fold turkey wings under the back of the turkey and return legs to the tucked position.

Place turkey on rack, and set in large shallow roasting pan. Roast turkey in a 325 degree F oven, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Roast for approximately 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 175 degrees F in the thigh and the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F.

Loosely tent the turkey with foil and allow turkey to rest for about 15-20 minutes prior to carving.

Place on a platter and garnish with chili peppers and orange slices.


Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 1010

Calories from Fat 440

Total Fat 49 g

% Daily Total Fat 75

Saturated Fat 19 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 95

Cholesterol 280 g

% Daily Cholesterol 93

Sodium 1470 mg

% Daily Sodium 61

Total Carbohydrates 56 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 19

Dietary Fiber 4 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 16

Sugars 29 g

Protein 84 g

% Daily Protein 45

% Daily Vitamin C 45

% Daily Calcium 10

% Daily Iron 35