Poblano and Cilantro Roasted Turkey

There’s just something about the crispy seasoned skin, tender juicy meat that’s just filled with seasoning and bursting with flavor, a Thanksgiving Turkey that practically melts in your mouth.

poblano turkey

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year, I love the food, the smells, the flavors and the fact that most people stop and give thanks for their blessings.

Y’all know that after discovering brining last year, I am convinced that it’s the trick to a ridiculously moist and flavor packed Turkey.  Whether you fry – YUM – or roast or grill, I seriously suggest brining that Turkey.

For my Poblano Roasted Turkey I used Apple Cider and Water for my brining liquid

poblano turkey brine

To that I added fresh ground peppercorns, brown sugar,  kosher salt, jalapenos and crushed garlic.

Mix everything together and pour it into your container: lots of you suggest using small coolers, I have a VERY large pot that I use, add your Turkey to the brine and refrigerate and brine for 12 to 24 hours.

After your Turkey is done with its brine bath, remove it from the brine, pat it dry and choose your seasonings.

poblano turkey rub

I used brown sugar, cayenne, fresh ground peppercorns, oregano, cumin, sugar and crushed garlic — and that’s just the rub.  That rub right there, makes me wish for scratch and sniff internet, so y’all could smell that little bowl of heaven.

Using your fingers, gently separate the skin from the flesh and massage the rub all over the flesh.  Rub the skin with olive oil and whatever rub you have left-over.

Now, comes the fun part, stuffing the turkey with delicious vegetables and fruits  and herbs that will impart an amazing flavor to the turkey from the inside out.

poblano peppers

I am a HUGE fan of poblano peppers, as y’all well know; so I chose them to be one of my ingredients for this Tonguegasmic Turkey.

I stuffed my Turkey with Sliced Poblano Peppers, Garlic, Gala Apples, Cilantro and Oranges.

I placed my turkey, breast side up, wings and legs tucked, on a roasting rack in my roasting pan and I put, 2 sliced poblanos, 1 sliced apple and 1 C vegetable broth in the bottom of the pan.

My Turkey was 12.2 pounds so I cooked it for a total of 3 1/2 hours.

poblano turkey Holy deliciousness.  Nathan has declared this to be the best Turkey ever.

I used the drippings from the Turkey, 2 of the roasted poblanos and more vegetable broth and flour to make a ridiculously amazing gravy.

poblano turkey with gravy2

I am so grateful to Butterball for sharing their knowledge with me (stay tuned.. next week I am going to share the interview that I had with Mary, the director of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, and for providing me with a Turkey Check to pay for this Tonguegasmic Turkey.

Poblano and Cilantro Roasted Turkey

Poblano and Cilantro Roasted Turkey

Poblano, Citrus and Cilantro Roast Turkey with a Poblano Gravy.

Ingredients

  • 12 lb Butterball
  • Turkey Brine
  • 1 gallon, water
  • 1 gallon, apple cider
  • 3 jalapenos, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 C kosher salt
  • 1/2 C fresh ground peppercorns
  • Turkey Rub
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper (you can use less if you’re pepper sensitive)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • Inside Flavor Packings
  • 4 poblano peppers, quartered
  • 2 gala apples, quartered
  • 1/2 bunch, fresh cilantro
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • Additional
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Flour

Instructions

    To Brine
  1. Combine the brine ingredients
  2. Remove neck and giblets from turkey cavity
  3. submerge turkey in brine and soak, refrigerated, for 12 to 24 hours
  4. remove from brine, pat turkey dry and set aside.
  5. To Season The Turkey
  6. Combine Rub ingredients
  7. using your fingers, gently separate the skin from the flesh and massage the rub into the turkey under the skin.
  8. rub some olive oil over the skin and massage any leftover rub into the skin
  9. For the Inside
  10. prepare your inside ingredients:
  11. Stuff the cavity with 1/2 of the poblanos, 1/2 of the apples, all of the cilantro and the orange quarters.
  12. To Cook
  13. Put the remaining poblanos and apple into the bottom of a foil lined roasting pan. Pour in 1 1/2 C vegetable broth
  14. Put in a pre-heated 325 degree oven, check your Butterball Turkey guide that came with your turkey for how long to cook.
  15. I cooked mine for 3 1/2 hours. At 2 1/2 hours, I took the turkey out, covered it with a foil tent and placed it back in to finish cooking.
  16. After the Turkey is done cooking, allow to rest 15 minutes before carving so the juices can go back in to the turkey and it’ll be the juiciest, most delicious turkey imaginable :-)
  17. Gravy
  18. Pour drippings from pan into a 4 Cup measure. Strain the fat off the drippings and put in a skillet over medium heat.
  19. Chop up 2 of the poblanos from the roasting pan and add to the skillet.
  20. Stir 1/2 C flour into the fat and poblanos and stir until smooth, gradually blend in drippings.
  21. Cook and stir the gravy until it comes to a boil and thickens over medium heat. (if you need to add vegetable broth to the gravy to thin it, add it a little at a time)
  22. Continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes
  23. Season with Salt and Pepper, if desired
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Congrats to Lisa and JeNae! They won the Butterball Turkey Checks!

I received a Butterball turkey check to pay for my Turkey.  The turkey recipe, ideas, opinions and etc.. are all mine.  I had this recipe already in my head to make… Butterball just ended up being a bonus, for me AND 2 of y’all! 

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Comments

  1. Amanda from KY says

    What’s your favorite way to prepare a Turkey/Turkey Recipe? I made my last turkey in the crock pot, which it was a small one it but it was delish!! Had it with a cranberry dressing. YUM!

  2. says

    I love to cook and experiment all the time, but for turkey there is only one way to me. Bells seasoning. Its a northern seasoning, I am from New England, and I have to beg to get it most of the time down here. It’s a sage heavy flavor and a match met in heaven for turkey.

  3. Secret Agent Mama - Mishelle Lane Photography says

    Oh Em Gee, I love a good ole fashioned southern deep fried turkey. But, personally, I just love to herb it up. Oh and Liquid Smoke!

    I would be so blessed to win a turkey! I hope I do!

  4. indynene says

    Deep fried – all the way baby. It’s the easiest way to cook a turkey. Just remember to deep fry it outside.

    Your recipe look amazing. I just might have to change things up this year and try it.

  5. says

    Last year I discovered the best turkey brine ever – and it also had apple cider in it. It was the most amazing turkey! I also made a rub that I mixed with butter and put under the skin. It was so good! Some day I want to try a fried turkey because I’ve heard they’re fantastic.

  6. says

    So I too have discovered the wonders of brining {courtesty of an Alton Brown episode} & that is the first step my husband & I take when roasting our turkey. With the actual roasting part, I go very simple-EVOO & seasonings all over the turkey. For the first part of the roasting I tent the turkey with foil & then take it off for the turkey to crisp up. Brining makes the turkey so moist & delish.

  7. says

    One of my most recent favorite Thanksgiving memories {and there’s lots} happened a couple of years ago. We were at my in-laws for dinner & had my husband’s Aunt’s family there as well. The Aunt was in charge of the turkey. My bro-in-laws had previously cooked up a cornish game hen, offered to de-stuff the turkey, placed the hen inside the turkey, and gave it back to my Aunt. My Aunt then took the turkey to make sure it was completely cleaned out & found this “baby turkey” inside. Apparently the next day, she called the butcher and told him about the “baby turkey” {not getting that her nephews had punked her}.

  8. says

    Wow, Rachel. I am so glad I clicked over to your blog today. Didn’t know you and Butterball had such a great giveaway – Thanks! But, better yet – this poblano – cilantro “tonguegasmic turkey” sounds awesome. It sounds so great, I had to read the recipe out to my hubby – who agrees it sounds like the BEST TURKEY EVER!! I WILL be making your turkey. Thanks for sharing all your great cooking tips and recipes. I have never used a brine – but I am now a believer. :-)

  9. Shirley says

    My most favorite turkey recipe in the whole universe is Layered Turkey Nachos from the Saving dinner cookbook. It’s AMAZING and such an awesome dish that everyone actually eats it and we rarely have leftovers anymore!
    Shirley´s most recent brilliance ..Whoa!

  10. Shirley says

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is every Thanksgiving after I was in Kindergarten. That year, for our project, we made turkeys out of lunch bags and construction paper. That year, my little turkey sat as the centerpiece on my grandmother’s table. Afterwards, it was placed atop the buffet where grandma kept her ‘special’ dishes. Every year, it was placed as the center piece, until the year my grandmother passed away. I’m considering having my Sunday school class make some this year, so I can have 3 turkeys on my table!
    Shirley´s most recent brilliance ..Whoa!

  11. says

    My mouth is literally watering– looks AMAZING!! I made my first turkey last year and couldn’t believe how easy it was. My mother always made it sound like the most complicated thing in the world— ha!

  12. Paula says

    OMG! This turkey looks soooo good. It is one of my favourite meals and I could eat leftover turkey ’til is came out my ears (white meat only however). I’ve never brined a turkey but you have gotten me curious to do so.

    My sister always roasts her turkeys upside down. She swears it makes them even moister and she hasn’t cooked a dry one yet!

    Hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend coming up.
    Paula´s most recent brilliance ..Snowman Cookies

  13. Erica Best says

    i remember the last thinksgiving my dad was alive it was the best one ever we did not even have a turkey but it was the best

  14. MommyNamedApril says

    Mmmmm…. that looked awesome!

    I do mine with Aunt Cora’s Soulful Seasoning as the under-skin and cavity rub, then I stuff it with quartered apples, sweet onions and whole garlic cloves. I roast breast side DOWN so it stays crazy moist, and I cook it in my domed covered roaster so it steams cooked and takes SOOOO much less time.

    OMGOOODNESS, you’re making me want turkey!!!
    MommyNamedApril´s most recent brilliance ..What- You Dont Have Mullet Parties

  15. says

    I love deep frying our turkey but that is usually done by the guys in the garage. When I make Turkey dinner for my family, I rub with melted butter & paprika to season the skin. Very simple yet really delicious.

    I’ve never done a brine before…I’m inspired to try that soon!

  16. says

    One of my best Thanksgiving memories is having a wonderful turkey dinner with all the fixings in a one room hunting camp with no running water. The camp is very sentimental in our family and we roughed it in honor of those loved ones who worked so hard to obtain it and keep it in the family. It really makes me appreciate the basics I often take for granted!

    A special tree was planted that day too!
    Bunky´s most recent brilliance ..Hunting Widow Series Day 1 Rochester Play!- Love Notes- and Beyond!

  17. says

    I would have to say that my favorite Thanksgiving memory is the year that I lived in Pittsburgh and we all played flag football before we ate. Not only did we have an absolute ball, but after dinner (and a nap of course) we went to watch a new movie at the cinemas. It was such great fun having everyone together, paricipating in the holiday, with no drama. Truly everyone was just being thankful that day.
    Ginger @ Crock Pot Recipe Exchange´s most recent brilliance ..Slow Cooking Saturdays Recipe Swap Orange Marmalade Glazed Carrots Recipe

  18. says

    Also: My favorite Thanksgiving memory: I came home from college one year for Thanksgiving and my dad and I got up early and started cooking. (My mom, who can be… ummm… difficult… has always been a late sleeper.) So we prepped a bunch of stuff and then sat down and watched a football game. That one ended, we checked the food, we watched another game. We were on our third game when it was time to eat, and we had to wake my mother for dinner. She was really mad at us, which for some reason struck us as completely hilarious. We are mean, I guess. But we had a nice day being couch potatoes and then a really yummy meal! :)
    Mir´s most recent brilliance ..Traveling is always an adventure

  19. Mindy says

    My favorite way to make a turkey….have my mom make it! I’ve never made a turkey! Each year we go to my aunt’s house with the entire family (my mom’s 8 siblings and my cousins). We have about 40 people each year and spend the entire day eating and laughing.

    :)

  20. says

    Darn you…now I want Turkey. Because I have the smallest house I don’t get a chnce to prepare it for the family, like ever…but I do, once a year, prepare one anyway (because leftovers rock), and invite the neighbor over for a Christmas/Thanksgiving combo.

    The way I love to prepare it is a simple herb & butter mix. I stuff pats of butter between the skin and flesh…then I mix my herbs….usually basil, sage, oregano, salt & pepper and rub them in between the flesh with the butter and them over the skin. Then I roast it, stuffing inside. That usually makes it deliciously moist.

    I want to try brining, though…and you’ve made me want to try it more…yum yum.
    Sarah´s most recent brilliance ..Weekly Winners – Indian Summer Edition

  21. susitravl says

    We like to smoke our turkey, but sometimes we fix it the old fashioned way, with a thick coating of butter on the outside, just like my grandma used to fix turkey.

    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Mari says

    Has anyone ever tried deep-fried turkey? My dh is a good ‘ol southern boy, and his mom made the best turkey. She would use thyme, oregano, peppercorns , bay leaves and garlic powder for the rub.

    One day I will be brave and try to make it myself.

  23. says

    I have never brined a turkey but I’ve heard it’s totally the way to go! I’m going to check out doing it this year. I actually STINK at making turkeys! I never know which way they go in the over, I detest washing it and taking out it’s innards (I totally want to wash my hands just thinking about it!). So I’m up for any and all tips about turkeys! I do usually make a couple throughout the year as they are inexpensive and they get used for casseroles and other stuff.
    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy´s most recent brilliance ..Booger Pie

  24. says

    I cannot WAIT to try this!! :) I may have to put your phone number on speed dial for that day! :) Seriously… this looks awesome! And how cool of YOU to put step by step…. your blog is my new cookbook! :) Funny AND delicious! :)
    Jo Hilton´s most recent brilliance ..Eve of December 1st

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