Abuela’s Mojo Turkey can you transport you back to childhood. We think the mojo turkey is symbol of our families planting roots in this new country. The Mojo Turkey is the way our Abuelas and all the other families that came here from Cuba made this holiday their own.
The Mojo Turkey was their way of injecting Cuban flavor into an American tradition and creating something new. I love when food does that. When it takes two completely different cultures and fuses them together to make something delicious.
This specific Mojo Turkey is the best one because the recipe calls for fresh mojo and we happen to have the best mojo recipe in the game. No bias, of course. For our Abuela’s Mojo Marinade click HERE.
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Abuela’s Mojo TurkeyCourse: EntreeCuisine: CubanDifficulty: Moderate
1 10-12 pound turkey
2 cups of Cuban Mojo
6 carrots, cleaned, peeled and left whole
3 onions, quartered or sliced in medium rings
2-3 tablespoons of Sazon
2 tablespoons of kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper pepper
1/4 – 1/2 cup of extra Virgin olive oil
1 lemon cut in half or quarters
I bunch of parsley, rinsed and dried
- Set up your roasting pan with a rack or use the sliced onions and carrots as the base. Drizzle the veggies with 1/4 cup of olive oil and salt and pepper.
- Pat your turkey dry once you’ve cleaned it properly.
- Spread the mojo marinade all over the turkey. Marinate overnight or up to 2 days.
- Season your bird with salt and pepper and the Sazon rub INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the turkey!
- Fill the cavity with 1 bunch of parsley and lemon. (If you have extra onions, garlic or other herbs you can fill the cavity with them too)
- When you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 425 degrees and take out the turkey from the fridge for at least two hours so it is not so cold.
- Drizzle turkey with a little more olive oil and put turkey in oven for 1 hour at 425 degrees
- Then drop heat to 350 degrees. If you feel that parts are getting too much color cover those parts loosely in foil.
- A turkey should be cooked for a total of 12 to 14 minutes per pound. (A 12 pound turkey will roast for about 2 hours and a half)
- Once it’s fully cooked and golden brown, let the turkey rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.
- I like to add some green or fresh herbs to the veggies at the bottom that will become a natural pan sauce for your turkey.
- **** if you love the butter taste add 1/2 a stick as the turkey is almost cooked. I don’t like to add to the beginning because it makes the turkey skin soggy.