Old Style Braised Whole Turkey

Turkey is not a bird native to Philippines unlike chickens and ducks which are readily available. Maybe I’ll try to substitute this recipe with those birds if ever i will have a chance to cook it because turkey are expensive even locally grown. This is an old recipe dating back in the Spanish era which you can try if you have a special occasion.

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To cook braised whole turkey; Debone the turkey and rub it inside out with butter, salt and pepper. Dredge with flour inside out. Prepare the stuffing: In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork, ham, raisins, olives, shallots, pork sausage, cheese and eggs. Mix well and season to taste. Add a little wine and bay leaves. Stuff the bird with this mixture and truss the bird. In a large pan or deep fryer, heat oil. Brown the whole turkey to a light golden color to seal the meat and its juices. Set aside. In another large pan, heat the stock. Lower the turkey into the simmering stock and bring to a boil, continuously braising until the bird is cooked for at least 1 or 1 1/2 hour. Do not let the stock dry up. Add more water or soup stock if it dries up. When cooked, put the turkey in a large serving tray. Keep it warm in an oven. Add remaining wine to the remaining stock and simmer. Serve as a sauce for the turkey. To see the complete recipe with lists of ingredients in exact measurements, continue reading.

 

How to Cook Old Style Braised Whole Turkey
 
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Recipe type: Turkey Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Serves: 24 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pc 8 kilo whole young turkey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ kilo ground pork with fat
  • 500 grams ham, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons raisins soaked in wine or brandy
  • ½ cup sliced green and black olives
  • 100 grams shallots, chopped
  • 500 grams pork sausage, cubed
  • 50 grams cheese, grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup red wine or sherry
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 to 5 liters poultry stock
Instructions
How to cook Braised Whole Turkey:
  1. Debone the turkey and rub it inside out with butter, salt and pepper. Dredge with flour inside out.
  2. Prepare the stuffing: In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork, ham, raisins, olives, shallots, pork sausage, cheese and eggs.
  3. Mix well and season to taste. Add a little wine and bay leaves. Stuff the bird with this mixture and truss the bird.
  4. In a large pan or deep fryer, heat oil. Brown the whole turkey to a light golden color to seal the meat and its juices. Set aside.
  5. In another large pan, heat the stock. Lower the turkey into the simmering stock and bring to a boil, continuously braising until the bird is cooked for at least 1 or 1½ hour.
  6. Do not let the stock dry up. Add more water or soup stock if it dries up.
  7. When cooked, put the turkey in a large serving tray. Keep it warm in an oven.
  8. Add remaining wine to the remaining stock and simmer. Serve as a sauce for the turkey.

 

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