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WRLL 1450 AM  |  November 2023

Thanksgiving Day Turkey

Chef José Mondragón

Thanksgiving is one of the most important and traditional holidays in the United States and Canada, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November for Americans and the second Monday of October for Canadians.

It is a day to give thanks for the blessings received during the year and to share a great meal with family and friends. The main course on the menu  for this celebration is stuffed turkey, which is usually accompanied by cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, “green beans” cornbread and pumpkin pie. Below we are going to show you,  Our Música and Sazón friends how to prepare the best stuffed “pavito” for Thanksgiving, following a simple and delicious recipe that will delight all your guests.

Thanksgiving turkey is a dish that you can also choose for Christmas. The key to this recipe is to be able to have a large turkey and have a stuffing and other ingredients. Below we are going to list all the necessary ingredients and then, the step by step preparation.


  • A whole turkey of about 14 or 16 pounds cleaned and without organ meats.
  • Salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage and bay leaf to taste.
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter.
  • 2 large onions, peeled and quartered.
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks.
  • 4 celery stalks, washed and cut into chunks.
  • 2 green apples, washed and quartered.
  • 2 oranges, washed and quartered.

For the filling:

  • 1 pound stale bread, cut into small cubes.
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped.
  • 4 celery stalks, washed and finely chopped.
  • 4, 5, 6 or 7 tablespoons butter.
  • 2 eggs, beaten.
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage.
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth


Once you have all the ingredients ready, follow these steps to prepare the stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a large baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix the bread, onions, celery, butter, eggs, parsley, sage, thyme, pepper and broth until smooth, moist. This will be the stuffing for the turkey. BE CAREFUL: you can also add ground beef and nuts
  • Pat the turkey dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on the inside and outside.
  • Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the bread mixture, loosely packing.
  • Close the opening with wooden chopsticks or kitchen twine.
  • Place the turkey on the baking sheet, chest side up, and tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Brush the turkey with the melted butter and sprinkle with thyme, rosemary, sage and bay leaf to taste.
  • Surround the turkey with the onions, carrots, celery, apples, and oranges, which will add flavor and juiciness.
  • Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and bake for about 3 1/2 hours, watering the turkey with the pan juices every half hour. Remove the foil and bake for another half hour, until the turkey is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 180 F
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving. Serve the turkey with the stuffing and roasted vegetables and fruits, and garnish with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread, and pumpkin pie.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day Turkey! And don’t miss Música and Sazón from Monday to Friday from 12 to 1 PM on your station 1450 AM and 98.3 FM.

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