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Cuban-Style Turkey

Add a Cuban twist to your turkey
Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

Season the normal turkey that you would serve to your family with Cuban flavors to add a new and different taste. 

This recipe is by Judy Hevrdejs was originally published in the Chicago Tribune

Ready in
4 h and 30 m
30 m
(prepare time)
4 h
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


Make sure to marinate the turkey overnight. 


  • 1 large head garlic, separated into cloves, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon each of ground black pepper, ground cumin, ground allspice, dried oregano, salt
  • 1 Cup fresh bitter orange juice or equal parts orange and lime juice
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 12 to 15 Pounds turkey
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 6 half-ripe plantains, unpeeled, each cut in 3 pieces
  • 6 sweet potatoes, quartered


Puree garlic, pepper, cumin, allspice, oregano, salt and juices in a blender.

Add 3 tablespoons olive oil.


Set aside 1/4 cup adobo mixture for basting; mix it with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

Rub remaining seasoning mixture all over the turkey.

Use your fingers to gently loosen skin around the breast and thighs, inserting some seasoning mixture under the skin.

Place turkey in glass or plastic container; cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate overnight.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Transfer turkey to a deep roasting pan.

Add broth to pan.

Cover with aluminum foil; roast 2 1/2 hours.

Remove foil; arrange plantains and sweet potatoes around the turkey.

Replace the foil; roast, 30 minutes.

Remove foil; continue roasting, basting frequently with the reserved adobo mixture and pan juices, 1 hour.

Add water to the pan if needed.

The turkey is ready when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees.

Use remaining pan juices to make gravy.