Southwestern Turkey in Brine ( Funky Bird) Recipe

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Southwestern Turkey in Brine ( Funky Bird)
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  1. In a large non reactive container (we usually use a white trash bag-heavy duty or doubled sacked), combine lemon juice, orange juice, kosher salt, light brown sugar, yellow onions, oranges, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin and oregano with 1 gallon water.
  2. Stir, squeeze, or shake up to dissolve brine the sugar & salt.
  3. Put the turkey under cold running water and rinse.
  4. Add the turkey to the brine, cover and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.
  5. Essence:.
  6. Mix ingredients well and store in an airtight container or jar. Yields about 2/3 cup.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°FF.
  8. Remove the turkey from the brine and put it breast side up in a large heavy roasting pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  9. Rub the turkey with vegetable oil.
  10. Sprinkle all sides with 1- 3 tablespoons of Essence.
  11. Roast until deep golden brown and an instant thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F., about 1 hour and 45 minutes for breast, and a whole turkey takes about 20 minutes per pound.
  12. Transfer to a platter and let stand for about 15 minutes before carving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 234.93 Kcal (984 kJ)
Calories from fat 25.88 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.88g 4%
Cholesterol 28.34mg 9%
Sodium 5480.29mg 228%
Potassium 594.23mg 13%
Total Carbs 43.64g 15%
Sugars 33.43g 134%
Dietary Fiber 2.55g 10%
Protein 10.91g 22%
Vitamin C 47mg 78%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Calcium 87.9mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 113.52 Kcal (475 kJ)
Calories from fat 12.51 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.39g 4%
Cholesterol 13.7mg 9%
Sodium 2648.22mg 228%
Potassium 287.15mg 13%
Total Carbs 21.09g 15%
Sugars 16.15g 134%
Dietary Fiber 1.23g 10%
Protein 5.27g 22%
Vitamin C 22.7mg 78%
Iron 0.9mg 11%
Calcium 42.5mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 4.4
  • 6

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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