Roasted Turkey in Tomato Chipotle Sauce and Cinco De Mayo

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There are days when even those of us that make a living off of food don’t feel like cooking. There I said it. Those days may also include not wanting to reach for your camera, forget about trying to setup a nice setting in which to photograph the food. On those days you may even turn down the offer to go out for dinner because the idea of putting yourself together for the outside world seems like too much work.

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On those very same days that I don’t feel like cooking, but still have to put an edible healthy meal on the table, I look for as many healthy shortcuts as possible. Often times for me those shortcuts involve roasting something. Roasting is perfect because it takes minimal work to throw ingredients together, put them in the oven, and forget about it for an hour or so. That is exactly what I did for this recipe. I rummaged through my refrigerator and cupboard, threw stuff in a blender, poured it over the meat, tossed it in the oven and didn’t think about dinner for nearly 3 hours. Oh, yeah and there were way fewer dishes to wash than on normal nights. Isn’t that great?

Initially I was not planning on photographing and sharing this recipe. As the turkey was roasting I kept being drawn to the kitchen by the smell. After the roasting time was up I took a taste and knew it had to be shared. But since we were starving I literally had but a couple of minutes to quickly set up the light and snap a few photos. Don’t let the horrible photos fool you, it was quite a tasty meal.

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Roasted Turkey in Tomato Chipotle Sauce
2 turkey drumsticks, 880 g or nearly 2 lb
1 can chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp canned chipotle salsa/sauce, or adjust to your taste
4 cloves garlic
1 small white onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 large bay leaf, broken up
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 220c or 428 f, have a small baking dish ready. Score the drumsticks and if you like you can also remove the skin. I left it on since there is no other fat used. Place all remaining ingredients into a blender and blend until the tomatoes have broken up into a thick sauce. Place the drumsticks into the baking dish and pour the sauce over them.

2. Roast in center of oven for 2.5 hours. Check on the drumsticks from time to time and scoop the sauce over them. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with Mexican rice, beans and tortillas on the side. (Recipe for rice can be found here: Arroz ala Mexicana for Bicentennial Celebrations )

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Cinco de Mayo (5th of May, Mexican Holiday) is in a few days, I thought I’d share some authentic Mexican recipes to inspire you to celebrate. Enjoy and Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!

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Tacos Al Pastor, The Best Tacos In The World!
Cochinita Pibil, The Easy Way
Fish Tacos
Chorizo Stuffed Chiles, No Ordinary Chile Relleno
Calabacitas con Maiz or Mexican Zucchini with Corn

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Taquitos
Chicken Tinga Tostadas
Bean Burritos
Queso Fresco
Watermelon Feta Salsa with Fresh Horseradish, Euro-Mexican Fusion
Cinco de Mayo and Guacamole
Mexican Salsa ~ Salsa Fresca ~ Pico de Gallo

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Zanahorias en Escabeche or Mexican Spicy Pickled Carrots
Palomitas con Salsa or Popcorn with Hot Sauce
Micheladas – Beer Cocktail

And if you have room for dessert why not try Pastel de Chocolate Mexicano or Mexican Chocolate Cake

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Comments

  1. says

    These are some seriously awesome recipes, just getting back from the Southwest and had just about everything in the Mexican restuarants on the menu here … so happy to get these just in time for Cinco de mayo to try…. I did miss out on one thing on my vacation, I love and the fried ice cream… not a clue how to make that one. Going to try the guacomole so beautiful and I love it! all your pictures are inspiring me to make it all! Have a great rest of your week and day!

    • says

      Hi Claudia,

      Thanks! Sounds like you had a great trip. But you know Southwest or Tex-Mex food is quite different from authentic Mexican food. For instance fried ice cream does not exist in Mexico. Anyways, it’s all still good food:)

  2. says

    What a great meal to eat on Cinco de Mayo, I love it. Sorry I missed the round up this month I will try to be in next month. Hope you are doing well, have a nice rest of the week.

  3. says

    I’ve never used or seen turkey drumstick selling in store, but I can try this sauce with chicken. I love the idea of leaving for 2-3 hours. Usually week day we’re in and out for kids activities and nearly stay for 3 hours, but occasionally we stay home for a couple of hours on weekends and this will be so handy on those lazy weekends. I like that most ingredients are easy to find. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!

  4. says

    Thank you so much for these recipes… I am looking forward to going through them. It is hard to find nice mexican recipes and ideas here in Australia. Especially the Turkey one. I totally agree that some days its herd to muster the enthusiasm to cook after a day working at it….

    • says

      Thanks Tania. I hope you can try a few of these authentic recipes. I can relate to the lack of ingredients and restaurants, so that’s why I make my own:)

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, this all looks so good. I could seriously eat any one of these things every day. Sluuurrrrpppp. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!! : )

  6. says

    Happy Cinco de Mayo Nancy!! All that food looks so delicious, I especially loved the Calabacitas con Maiz. I am going to try that very very soon!

  7. says

    I know what you mean when you say you don’t want to cook… I feel that way sometimes… well a lot of the time. :) Some days I cook 2-3 dishes for the blog and then I need a break to recharge my batteries. This roasted turkey looks gorgeous!! My husband would be thrilled if I whipped this up on days I didn’t feel like cooking. Well done! :)

    • says

      Specially now that the weather is warmer and sunnier, it can be such a distraction away from the kitchen. Wow, you cook that many dishes in one go? You’re my hero ;) Thanks Ramona!

  8. says

    Yo cuando me entra el espíritu anti-cocina no hay quien me lo saque y nos vamos a la calle a comer, quien como tu que aún sin ganas se saca de la manga un platillo tan apetitoso como éste.

    No soy big fan del pavo, pero éste pavito con chipotle y tomate me hace ojitos :)

    Bueno, TODAS la recetas mexicanas que haz seleccionado para éste 5 de Mayo se ven exquisitas. Abrazo

  9. says

    That is some meal for a “I don’t feel like cooking” dish :) Love the flavors here, and any of these dishes would be perfect for any day of the week!
    Hope you had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo!

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