10 Incredibly Delicious Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes


7. Southwestern Rubbed Turkey

  • Cuisine: American;
  • Category: Main dish;
  • Serves: 8-12;
  • Prep Time:20 min;
  • Cook time:4 hr;
  • Nutrition Per Serving: 415;


  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon plus 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 (12-pound) turkey, giblets removed
  • 2 tablespoon smoke-dried paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Heat up the oven to 350 degrees F. Blend ground cumin, salt, cinnamon, pepper and paprika in a little pot, add 2 tablespoons of water to get a paste. Brush the composition all over the turkey. Set the bird breast-side down on a frying grid in a big frying pan. Add 2 cups of water to the pan. Fry approximately 1 1/2 hours. Take the bird out from the oven and upturn it. Keep frying, watering at times with pan juices, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours, till an instant-read thermometer placed into the thickest part of the hip reaches 180 degrees. Cover the turkey with foil while it’s still roasting if the bird is browning too deeply. If there are no more juices left, add about 1/2 cup of water, remove any browned bits, and take this liquid for watering. Leave it on a carving-board for half an hour before cutting.