Thanksgiving Turkey Injected with Homemade Seasoned Broth

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My family has been eating clean since late 2012.  One of the biggest challenges is staying on track around the Holidays.  I want to maintain the diet but still want to enjoy the holiday season.  So, my husband and I put our heads together to come up with a clean alternative to the injectable seasonings that contain synthetic chemicals we don’t want to eat.  This year was our first attempt, and I must say it was a complete success.  Not only was it delicious, it was the best turkey I’ve ever tasted!

Ingredients:

  • Hormone & antibiotic free, humanely raised turkey (we used a 12-lb turkey we found at our local grocery store)
  • 1 Habanero pepper (seeded and rinsed to reduce spiciness)
  • 2 Jalapeno peppers (seeded and rinsed to reduce spiciness)
  • 2 Serrano peppers (seeded and rinsed to reduce spiciness)
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups of organic chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp organic butter
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning plus extra for rubbing on the turkey
  • 1 medium-sized foot of garlic
  • 2 -3 tbsp of olive oil to rub on the outside of the turkey (you may or more or less, depending on the size of your turkey)

Directions:

  • Bring broth, peppers, butter, garlic and Cajun seasoning to a boil, then simmer on low for 30 minutes
  • Rub olive oil all over the turkey
  • Rub Cajun seasoning all over the turkey
  • Once broth mixture has cooled to lukewarm, use a meat injector to inject the seasoning into the breast, legs, thighs, etc.
  • Bake for 2 hours at 400 degrees
  • Inject the turkey again in several places
  • Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake until center is 180 degrees
  • When fully cooked, remove from the oven, inject again, and let the turkey cool
  • Carve and enjoy!

To me, this wasn’t really spicy despite the peppers.  If you want it super-spicy, I suggest leaving the seeds and not rinsing the inside of the peppers.  If you don’t like spicy or are sensitive to peppers, you could try using only one of each type or not using the Habaneros, since they are spicier than the other peppers.  If you don’t want spicy at all, try bell peppers.  That will give you the pepper flavor without the spice.

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