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How to Cook Old Style Braised Whole Turkey

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Turkey Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Manny


  • 1 pc 8 kilo whole young turkey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 kilo ground pork with fat
  • 500 grams ham coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons raisins soaked in wine or brandy
  • 1/2 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


    How 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.