Pepper Stuffed Turkey



10 servings



2 sticks butter, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2-2/3 tbsp. salt
1-1/3 tbsp. cayenne
1 cup onions chopped
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
2 tbsp. garlic, chopped
8 to 10 Cajun Chef Brand sport peppers
3 tbsp. pickle juice from the pepper jars
1 (10) turkey


Preheat oven to 400°F. Put the butter slices in the bowl and season with 2 teaspoons of the salt and 1 tablespoon of the cayenne. Freeze for 30 minutes. Combine 4 teaspoons of the salt and 2 teaspoons of the cayenne in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine onions, bell peppers, garlic, sport peppers, the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt, and the remaining 1 teaspoon cayenne with pickle juice. Prepare a work surface, either a large tray or cutting board, topped with a large clean towel to prevent the turkey from sliding around while you work. Remove the neck, gizzards, and livers form the cavity of the turkey. Rinse the turkey under cool water and pat dry with paper towels.

Place the turkey, breast side up, on the work surface with the cavity facing you. Lift the skin flap and make 2 to 3 slits on either side of the breastbone, inside the cavity, with a sharp pointed knife, without piercing through the skin. Insert 2 to 3 slices of the frozen butter into each slit. Next, spoon about 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and cayenne mixture into the slits. Insert about 1 teaspoon more, if you can, of the vegetable mixture into each hole, pushing with your fingers. Gently pull the drumstick forward and outward to expose the inner thigh. Pull the skin away form the meat. Make a slit following the bone lines from the top of each leg. Use your index finger to make a path and repeat the stuffing procedure described above. Where the skin has been loosened on the inner thigh, spoon in about 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and cayenne mixture. Turn the turkey breast side up, with the neck opening facing you. Lift the skin flap and make a slit down each wing from the shoulder, again following the bone lines. Repeat the stuffing process on both wings. Season the outside of the turkey with any remaining salt and cayenne mixture. Place any leftover butter or vegetable mixture inside the cavity. Secure the wings by folding the lower half back over the top of the wing. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.

Place the turkey in a large deep roasting pan. No fat or cooking liquid is required. Roast at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes to get the browning process going. Lower the temperature to 350°F . Cover the lid and bake for 3 to 3-1/2 hours, or until juices run clear. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Lift the turkey out of the pan and carve. Serve warm with pan juices.

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sonnyliston reviewed Pepper Stuffed Turkey on November 23, 2007

this is emeril lagasse's recipe, by the way. it is delicious. i made this on a lark for a big family christmas. there was already a ham and a pork roast. i showed up with this and it was gone in 15 minutes. since 2004, i've had to make two of these every thanksgiving and christmas.