Middle Eastern Inspired Turkey - Spatchcocked

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Oct. 27, 2016

Turkey is flavored with a delicious Middle Eastern spice blend and that's not all! This Turkey is spatchcocked. This means the spine is removed and the bird is flattened for easier cooking!


Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Water 4 Liter
Lemon slices 5
Lime slices 5
Cayenne 2 Tablespoon
Sumac 2 Tablespoon
Coarse salt 3 Tablespoon
Pepper 1 Tablespoon
Fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon
Garlic flakes 2 Tablespoon
Onion flakes 2 Tablespoon
Olive oil 10 Tablespoon
Pomegranate molasses 4 Tablespoon
Turkey 12 Pound
Onion 1
Green bell pepper 1
Mushrooms 6



If your bird is frozen, defrost it according to the package instructions and remove the neck, giblets etc from the cavity.

Prepare a brine by dissolving the salt and sugar into 4 litres of water with Lemon & Lime slices.

Immerse the bird in the brine and leave in the fridge covered for 24 hrs.

Drain all the brine, especially out of the cavity and dry the bird using paper towels.

If Spathcocking the Turkey, use a sharp kitchen scissors to cut along one side of the spine

Turn the bird around and cut the other side, freeing the spine.

Jab the inside of the breast bone, turn the bird over and press down on the breast with your hands to flatten.


Prepare the spice blend by mixing together the Paprika, Cayenne, Sumac, Garlic powder, Onion flakes, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil and Pomegranate Molasses.

Divide the paste into 3 and add chopped Parsley to one of them.

Try to lift the turkey skin very carefully and spread the Parsley mixture under the skin.

Use one third of the marinade to smear all over the Turkey and place in roasting pan

Add the onion, green Pepper and the mushrooms to the bottom as well as the Turkey neck and gizzards.

Roast covered at 375 degrees for 40 mins covered and another 1.5 hrs open to brown the skin.

Baste with reserved marinade in between


      15. Serve with your favorite sides & Enjoy.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Bit Difficult
Cook Time: 140 Minutes
Ready In: 140 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 2722Calories from Fat 1267

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 141 g216.9%

Saturated Fat 34 g170%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 16309 mg679.54%

Total Carbohydrates 69 g23%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 39 g

Protein 284 g568%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet