Dried banana: Turkey recipe for Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving is a date in which it is usual to thank for all the material goods that we possess, as well as to thank the love and support that our loved ones offer us every day and we can do it with a variety of recipes, where some include dried banana.

This tradition was born as a celebration to the harvest; when the pilgrims arrived in the United States they did not know the plants they could harvest in this country, so many of them died during the first winter. During the following year, the Indians helped the pilgrims and taught them how to hunt and techniques to achieve successful harvests in this territory so they organized a banquet of gratitude to the Indians for having helped them to survive. With the spring and summer season over, it was time to prepare for a long, cold winter, but having food in shelter guaranteed their survival during the winter. For this reason, many of the ornaments have to do with elements of planting and harvesting such as scarecrows, pumpkins, crops, turkeys, among others.

Nowadays, for many families it is no longer necessary to have a good harvest to survive during the winter, so in today’s society it has become a date to share blessings and good wishes with family and friends. Despite the great distances, families travel from all over the country to spend Thanksgiving with family or friends. Although the tradition has changed a bit, it still maintains its essence, which is to be grateful for all the good things that we have. Sometimes, with the rush of daily life, work and many things to do we do not value what we have and we come to think that it is a fact and it always be there, but it is not like that and in a second it can change our whole life. Therefore, it is important to take a second, stop and realize all the wonderful things we have in our lives and appreciate and thank them.

One of the most emblematic foods of this season is the turkey and there are thousands of ways to cook it. In this post we want to share with you a recipe to prepare the turkey using dried fruits like dried banana. To prepare this recipe we will need:

  • 1 turkey of minimum 17 pounds.
  • ¼ ground beef
  • 0.33 pounds of ham
  • 0.33 pounds of bacon
  • 0.33 pounds of butter
  • 1 cup of croutons
  • 1 cup of celery (chopped)
  • 1 cup of white onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups with nuts; and should contain raisins, nuts, peanuts, dried peaches, pears and dried banana (all of them chopped)
  • 2 liters of pear juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of flour

You need a tray and a bag to put the turkey in the oven, if you do not have a bag you can use aluminum to cover the turkey with the tray. The preparation time is long so it is recommended to buy the turkey with time in advance.

The first thing you have to do is defrost the turkey. To do this, put it in the refrigerator until it warm up (it is recommended to buy the turkey in advance so that you have time to thaw it with this procedure), it should not be defrosted out of the refrigerator. When defrosted, it must be washed and cleaned inside.

In the tray that you will use to put it in the oven, you must empty the two liters of juice, and soak the turkey in it for the whole night and turn it around periodically so that the whole turkey has the desired flavor.

The next day, with butter, fry the bacon and ham and separate them in another container. In the same pan fry the onion and ground meat (you can include pork if you wish). When the meat is fried add the white wine, celery, raisins, nuts, peanuts, dried peach, pears, dried banana, croutons and add the meat of the bacon and ham and wait until all the wine has evaporated and the flavors of the filling. When the filling is done, you should let it cool to fill the turkey.

While the filling is cooling, place in a bowl the melted butter with salt and pepper. Spread the turkey inside and out. Later, when the filling is cold fill the turkey and close it.

If you are going to use a baking tray, fill it with butter and sprinkle it with flour so that the turkey does not stick. If you use a baking bag place the flour in the bag and spread it throughout the interior so that it does not stick. Put the turkey and close the bag or cover the tray with aluminum and make in the aluminum or bag 3 little holes so that the turkey is juicy.

Calculate that depending on the weight of the turkey is the time it has to be in the oven; for every 2.2 pounds you need to calculate half an hour. In addition, the juice that the turkey releases will serve to make delicious gravy. This dish is ideal to serve with mashed potatoes or a salad and surely everyone at the table will be happy and satisfied with dinner.

In Instantia, we want to be part of your daily life with healthy and excellent quality food. Among our products we have dried banana, dried apple, apple powder (ideal for making purees and gravy), dried pineapple, dried mango, among others. We invite you to contact us; we are at your service.

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