Emeril's Funky Turkey

A New Thanksgiving Alternative

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Emeril's Funky Turkey absorbs moisture and seasoning during the overnight brining process, which ensures a moist, flavorful bird that doesn't require basting. You're just not going to believe how tender and juicy this turkey is!


  • 1 turkey breast (about 6 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 jalapenos, minced, with their seeds
  • 2 oranges, cut in half
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano or regular dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Emeril's Original Essence
  • Cooking Directions

    Put the turkey in a large colander and rinse under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside.

    To make the brining liquid, combine the first set of ingredients above (everything except the vegetable oil and the Emeril's Essence) with 1 gallon of water in a large non-reactive container or a large glass bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.

    Place the turkey breast in the non-reactive container with the brining liquid. If you don't have a large non-reactive container, place the turkey breast into a large plastic or ziploc bag. Carefully pour the brining liquid into the plastic bag with the turkey breast. Place the plastic bag (with the turkey breast and the brining liquid) inside a large container in the refrigerator in case it should leak or drip. Refrigerate at least 12 hours, and up to 24 hours. Turn the turkey periodically to ensure that the turkey is evenly marinated.

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the brine and put it in a large, heavy roasting pan, breast side up. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub the turkey with the vegetable oil, and sprinkle the outside and the cavity of the turkey with the Emeril's Essence. Roast until deep golden brown, and an internal temperature registers 165 degrees F. on an instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and let stand in the roasting pan or on a serving platter for 15 minutes before carving.

    Optional: Try serving this with Emeril's Poblano Chocolate Mole for a really amazing flavor combination.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: jalepenos, cilantro, cumin, mexican oregano

    Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course

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