Amazin’ Cajun Roasted Turkey

Passed to your plate by Megan Mudman

This was my first “Friends giving” Turkey. It was a big hit my friends and gave people something a little different to try. I doubled this recipe and it turned out great for a 17 lb bird. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did! Gobble Gobble.

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Megan Mudman
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2.5 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Cajun Spice Rub
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper fresh cracked
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon parsley dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika smoked
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
Turkey Cavity Filling
  • 1 apple crisp
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cajun spice rub
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme dried
Turkey Base
  • 1 carrot medium
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1/2 onion medium
Other Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or canola oil
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2.5 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Cajun Spice Rub
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper fresh cracked
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon parsley dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika smoked
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
Turkey Cavity Filling
  • 1 apple crisp
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cajun spice rub
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme dried
Turkey Base
  • 1 carrot medium
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1/2 onion medium
Other Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or canola oil
Instructions
Prep
  1. This recipe is for an 8-10 pound turkey. Cajun Spice Rub makes about 3 TBSP. For a larger bird, double or triple the Cajun Spice Rub.
  2. Remove turkey from packaging.
  3. Locate and set aside neck and giblets package from inside the turkey cavity. (Gross)
  4. Rinse turkey with cold water and completely pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  5. Roughly chop carrot, onion and celery for turkey base.
  6. Arrange vegetables in the bottom of roasting pan.
  7. Place turkey on top of vegetables, breast side up.
Prepare The Cavity Filling
  1. Cut apple into large pieces, seed and cut jalapeno into strips, dice green onion and halve garlic cloves.
  2. Add one teaspoon oil to saute pan over medium heat and add all ingredients. (Will smell AMAZING).
  3. Toss to coat and saute just until fragrant and tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. With tongs, remove ingredients from pan and insert most of the mixture into body cavity and a small amount into neck cavity.
  5. Tuck wings under turkey to secure neck flap.
  6. Tie legs together with butcher string.
Season The Turkey
  1. Tuck wings under turkey to secure neck flap.
  2. Melt butter and brush all exposed area of the turkey.
  3. Generously coat turkey with spice rub mixture.
Roast The Turkey
  1. Place seasoned, filled turkey into a preheated 325(F) oven for 2.5 hours or about 15 minutes per pound.
  2. Turkey is done when thermometer inserted into the meatiest part of the thigh reads 170(F). Take care not to touch the bone with thermometer, as this temperature will read higher than the meat itself.
  3. Allow bird to rest 10 minutes or more before carving.
  4. A spicy gravy can be made with roasting pan juices.
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