Suya spiced Thanksgiving turkey it is! I said to Apostle (le hubs)! That’s what he requested when I asked how we should have our Thanksgiving turkey this year. I couldn’t agree more. After enjoying suya spiced chicken thighs, suya spiced chicken salad, and suya spiced prawn skewers, I made over the past couple of months, my brain still couldn’t forget how tasty anything seasoned with my homemade suya spice truly is.
What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving season
Thanksgiving is one of the feasts I celebrate because it’s all about gratitude, contentment and being thankful for those ‘little things’ that God has blessed me with. There’s so much to be thankful for my lovelies that I do not even know where to start. This season, I am so thankful for where I am in my life right now. I think I should write a separate post about this or?
How to cook suya spice Thanksgiving Turkey
Unlike normal chicken, turkey does take some time to cook and it requires ‘heavier’ seasoning and longer marinating time. So make sure you thaw your turkey in the refrigerator days before your oven-grill it. Mine was a small one, just about 3 kilograms or about 5 pounds. I thawed it for a day and then marinated it with homemade suya spice. The trick here is to exaggerate the salt and seasoning a bit before brushing your marinade in and outside of the turkey. Then, let it marinate again in the fridge overnight before the d-day.
Stuffing Thanksgiving turkey
I had the idea of stuffing my Thanksgiving turkey while watching a food show on food network. The general stuffing for Thanksgiving turkey is savory and a little sweet, warm and soft but a little crunchy on the outside, most often a combination of apples, sausages, and green leafy herbs. Some people use Irish potatoes as well. The idea behind stuffing the turkey is to create a side dish for the turkey while introducing more flavor during grilling. Also, stuffings are always cooked before inserting it into the turkey. But you guys know that there are no rules in my kitchen. Ha!
I stuffed my turkey with raw veggies, some ginger, garlic and fresh thyme just to enhance the flavor. Again, that’s just me! So feel free to follow the traditional methods if you please.
Grilling your Thanksgiving Turkey
This turkey takes looooooooog to cook. It’s a 3-hour cooking process. That’s if you want to obtain fall-off-the-bone extra juicy and tender turkey this Thanksgiving. It is a process of continuous grilling and brushing. You will have to take out the turkey from the oven and brush it with your marinade, the juices that is oozing out of the turkey to your baking tray and some melted butter. Butter will give it that golden brown color and crispy skin.
I enjoyed this turkey with a side of broccoli, cauliflower and green beans which were first steamed and the stir-fried for a min in butter. The ultimate low-carb/keto combo. Yum!
Now that the festive season is around the corner, you just might want to save this recipe for Christmas too. Great right? I know!!! So without further ado, let’s get cooking. If you try this recipe, I would sincerely love your feedback in the comments area below. You can also twit, Facebook or Instagram me a picture because as always, I love to see your own creation. Have another recipe for chicken? Please share!
Suya-spiced Thanksgiving Turkey
A super spicy Thanksgiving turkey made using homemade suya spices cooked until tender and juicy.
For the turkey marinade
- 3 kg turkey thaw, clean and dry with a kitchen towel
- 8 tbsp suya spice homemade or store-bought
- 50 ml olive oil extra virgin
- 20 ml water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp seasoning chicken or vegetable bouillon
- crushed pepper optional
For the stuffing
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 thumb-size ginger
- 10 garlic cloves
- 6 small charlottes
- 3 fresh thyme sprigs alternatively, use 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- salt & seasoning to taste
Marinate your turkey
Thaw turkey overnight, clean and strain so that all the water drains off.
Mix suya spice with water, oil or butter, salt, and seasoning very well.
Brush or rub a generous amount of suya spice on your turkey making sure to brush some into the cavity as well.
If you have a cooking syringe, use it to inject more spice into the turkey's breasts and thighs for added flavor.
When turkey has been fully covered with suya spice, cover in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight for perfect seasoning.
Prepare your stuffing
Chop or slice bell peppers and charlottes into chunks
Peel and slice ginger and garlic
Mix all ingredients with salt, seasoning, and oil.
Insert vegetables into the turkey's cavity when you are ready to roast in the oven.
Oven-grill your turkey
Preheat your oven to 200°
Line baking tray or pan with parchment paper and place your turkey on top.
Brush some butter or oil on top of your turkey and oven-grill for 3 hours, removing every hour to brush some more marinade and/or butter on top of you turkey.
Serve turkey with steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or any other non-starchy low-carb and keto approved vegetable.
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