This recipe has been my favorite way to serve turkey on Thanksgiving Day. I know that the title is a mouthful but this turkey is spicy, full flavored and powerful. You won’t find your typical butter and herbs flavored bird; this is a jazzed up and jiving turkey infused with the flavors of New Orleans.
What makes this Creole Roasted Turkey stand out from the rest is not only the Creole Seasoned butter rub but also the simple vegetable stuffing. I took what you generally find as the start to most of New Orleans’ iconic dishes, the Trinity, and amped it up with ‘da pope‘ and the ‘Hot Nuns‘. Of course, you know that da pope is garlic. The Hot Nuns are the pickled pepperoncini that infuse this Holy Trinity Stuffing with a zing that you won’t find in any other turkey stuffing.
A day or two before I cook the Creole Roasted Turkey, I start to prepare the Holy Trinity Stuffing; I dice the vegetables and mix in the hot pepperoncini and store it in the fridge until I’m ready to use it. While the Trinity sits, the vegetables and the pepperoncini start to mesh together. This bonding time causes the vegetables to take on the heat of the pepperoncini and become hotter and hotter the longer that it sits. It’s not required to prep the Holy Trinity Stuffing a day or two in advance, it just adds to a more robust flavor.
How can I prove to you that this Creole Roasted Turkey recipe is amazing?
In 2014 I submitted this recipe to the food magazine Taste of Home for their annual Thanksgiving recipe contest. And this turkey recipe finished in 2nd place! I was told of my second-place finish in the summer of that year. A little after that announcement, they mailed me a complimentary copy of the magazine. I’m still extremely proud of the fact that my recipe finished that high in a contest and made it into a food magazine.
The real kicker came in the form of an email as Fall rolled in. One of the editors of the magazine, who was a taste-testing judge in the competition, emailed me to not only congratulate me but to let me know that she absolutely loved the recipe and choose it to make for her family at home. Now that’s some major kudos there.
If you save your Taste of Home magazines, this is the issue (Thanksgiving 2015) and the wonderful photo they took of the turkey after they made it is on page 69.
For this Thanksgiving, try my runner-up, almost a winner, Creole Roasted Turkey with Da Pope and the Hot Nun! When you do, please let us know what you thought about it in the comment section below. Take pictures of you and your family enjoying the turkey and share it on social media – and don’t forget to tag me on it using #RedBeansAndEric!
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