Turkey Mercedes Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: April 1, 2020 Modified: October 29, 2020
Turkey Mercedes Recipe

This Turkey Mercedes recipe gives Thanksgiving turkey a Cuban twist! We celebrate this American holiday by preparing a turkey marinated with the flavors of Cuba. The recipe is foolproof and the turkey is the best you’ll ever taste!

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This turkey recipe puts a lovely Cuban twist to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey.

Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 5 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 40 mins
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  • 3 heads garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp salt , to taste
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 12 oz frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 whole turkey


  1. Crush the peeled garlic cloves, and place into a large bowl.
  2. Season with pepper, cumin, oregano, and salt.
  3. Pour in lemon juice, wine, and orange juice concentrate; whisk together until well mixed.
  4. Using a sharp paring knife, pierce the turkey breast, thighs, and legs; creating holes for the marinade to penetrate.
  5. Pour the marinade over turkey, and into the holes.
  6. Finally, stuff garlic pieces into the holes.
  7. Cover the turkey well, and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
  8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  9. Roast turkey in the preheated oven for about 5 hours until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F.

  10. Baste the turkey every 30 to 45 minutes.
  11. Once the breast has browned, cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent it from becoming burnt.
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