Turkey Mercedes Recipe

Turkey Mercedes is a very popular Thanksgiving recipe. Learn how to make/prepare Turkey Mercedes by following this easy recipe.
Turkey Mercedes Recipe
Difficulty Average
Rating 10.0 / 10 (2 votes)
Recipe Type Non Veg.
  • 1, 16 Pound turkey
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Heads garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 Cups fresh lemon juice made from about 8-12 lemons
  • 1 Cup dry white wine
  • 12 Ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
How to make Turkey Mercedes:
  • Wash turkey, discard innards, pat it dry and place in a roasting pan.
  • Crush peeled garlic cloves and put in a bowl.
  • Add the pepper, cumin oregano and salt to it.
  • Whisk in the lemon juice, wine and orange juice concentrate until well mixed.
  • Pierce the turkey breast, thighs, legs and underside, creating many holes for the marinade to penetrate.
  • Pour the marinade over turkey and into the holes.
  • Stuff the garlic pieces into the holes as possible.
  • Cover turkey will with foil, refrigerate and let marinate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Remove foil and place turkey in the middle of oven.
  • Roast until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 F, about 5 hours.
  • Baste the turkey with the pan liquids every 30 to 45 minutes using a turkey baster.
  • Be careful not to let the juices puddle in the bottom of the pan or the lower part of the turkey will get soggy.
  • Cover turkey breast with foil the last hour of cooking so it won't burn.
  • Let the turkey rest at least 20 minutes before carving.
  • Turkey Mercedes is ready.