A Different Take on Turkey for Red Wine Lovers

Turkey Roasting in Oven Bokeh BackgroundIs there another turkey in your future this holiday season? Want to spice it up a bit?

Jennie-O is a dependable source of quality frozen turkeys, and this recipe comes from the Jennie-O kitchens.

Try this preparation with a classic American wine — Zinfandel — or with an Italian red.

This recipe yields 12 servings.



  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • ¾ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 Jennie-O Premium Basted Young Turkey (10 to 12 pounds), thawed, giblets and neck removed


  1. In a bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and red pepper.
  1. Stir in water to make a paste.
  1. Rub spice mixture on turkey.
  1. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Roast until timer pops up and turkey is fully cooked, 180°F as measured by a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. (Note: Always confirm doneness with a meat thermometer. Juices should run clear.)
  1. Let turkey stand 20 minutes before carving.
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