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Roast Peruvian Turkey

Rated as 4.79 out of 5 Stars

"This is one of the juiciest and most flavorful turkeys I've ever made! The rub forms a crust that locks in all the juices, even in the driest part of the breast meat. I served some of it plated up with sweet potato chunks and black beans and some of it covered with rich pan gravy."
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5 h 15 m servings 841
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 whole roast turkey)


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  1. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Loosen skin over each side of breastbone with a spatula inserted beneath skin.
  2. Place cumin, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, garlic, paprika, black pepper, smoked paprika, and oregano into a blender. Blend spice rub into a thick paste, about 1 minute. Set aside 1/2 cup of rub in a bowl for a later step; pour remaining rub all over turkey and use a spatula to work about 2 tablespoons of mixture beneath the loosened skin on each side of the breast. Rub the mixture over every nook and cranny of turkey. Let turkey stand for 1 hour at room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Fold a piece of aluminum foil into a rounded piece about the size of the turkey breast; set foil aside.
  4. Place turkey onto a rack set in a large roasting pan. Tie legs together at the bottom with a piece of kitchen twine. Spread 1/4 cup of reserved wet rub into cavity of turkey; retain remaining 1/4 cup for later. Sprinkle entire top and sides of turkey with kosher salt.
  5. Roast turkey in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours; place foil tent on turkey breast. Return to oven and continue to roast for about 1 hour and 15 more minutes. Combine remaining 1/4 cup of spice rub with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and water in a small bowl. Brush mixture over turkey's top, legs, and sides. Roast until until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, not touching bone, reads 170 to 175 degrees F (75 to 80 degrees C), about 30 more minutes. Transfer turkey to a serving platter and let rest for at least 20 minutes, reserving drippings in roasting pan.
  6. Place creme fraiche, chicken broth, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour excess grease out of turkey roasting pan, pour in creme fraiche mixture, and place the roasting pan over a burner set over medium-high heat. Scrape the browned pan drippings into the sauce mixture, bring to a boil, and cook until gravy is reduced by half and thickened, about 10 minutes. Whisk often to prevent lumps. Season gravy with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Carve and serve turkey with pan gravy.


  • Please note differences in ingredient amounts when following the magazine version of this recipe.
  • Cook's Note:
  • Roasting time is about 15 minutes per pound, or a total of about 3 hours for a 12-pound turkey. Mine was about 13 pounds.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 841 calories; 47.3 7 93.5 292 1267 Full nutrition

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I tried this recipe this last Thanksgiving and oh myyy, it was amazing. My entire family absolutely loved it. I'm 20 years old, my parents this year were working all day so my mom wasn't able t...

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Helllooo cumin!! Wowza! The cumin completely overtook the entire thing. Next time I will just use a pinch. I tested this out on a 5lb whole chicken to make sure it is something we could use f...

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I tried this recipe this last Thanksgiving and oh myyy, it was amazing. My entire family absolutely loved it. I'm 20 years old, my parents this year were working all day so my mom wasn't able t...

Please don't be afraid of the ingredients list. This turkey is amazing. I've made it twice now and my BF drools and begs every time he walks into the kitchen which smells absolutely amazing. ...

Don't be afraid! I was looking for something different to do with a roasted chicken and this was unbelievably delicious! We skipped the jalapenos and creme fresh due to dietary restrictions. ...

This is the best turkey I have EVER had in my life!!!! It was better than the Peruvian chicken at well known city restaurant. Hubby even brought the left overs to work AFTER Thanks Giving and it...

Wanted Something different for Thanksgiving and did a trial run last week with a chicken. This recipe was awesome, using it again today with the turkey.

I make this all the time! Sometimes we just buy a turkey breast and it works well for that as well. My whole family loves it and always request it when we host a family dinner. I highly recommen...

This thanksgiving I made my first turkey!! Let me tell you this recipe was a huge success!!!! My bird was 25lbs I doubled the recipe and had rub and gravy to spare! Everyone loved it! I am Peruv...

Outstanding. Do not skip the creme fraiche gravy.

Tried this recipe this weekend. It was delicious! extremely flavorful; received many compliments. the gravy was amazing too, would go well with almost anything!