Turkey Escabeche recipe

escabeche_orientalThis a traditional turkey escabeche recipe.  A true tradional meal in the Yucatan peninsula.  This particular turkey escabeche recipe has been handed down from generation to generation.  To achieve that intoxicating fragrance and flavor, a small, whole trussed turkey is simmered in seasoned water, but before it’s done it’s whisked off the stove, cooled a bit, thoroughly massaged with recado de bistec (Yucatan’s peppery spice paste), taken outdoors and plopped onto a hot grill.  On the grill the turkey’s skin is browned first on the back and then turned over to the front, finally turning twice more to brown each side, all the while basting generously with more recado de bistec. Only when the turkey is brown and crispy fully cooked is it taken off the grill.  Every Christmas Eve this will be being prepared in homes all over Cancun and the Yucatana peninsula. Continue reading

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