Pavo al Horno

Peruvian Baked Turkey

  1. Peruvian Pavo al Horno Recipe
  2. How to Prepare Baked Turkey
  3. Ingredients
  4. Method
  5. Tips and tricks
  6. Additional information
    1. Christmas in Lima

Peruvian Pavo al Horno Recipe

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happiness! It is one of the songs that is most listened to in the month of December in many Peruvian homes around the world while the turkey in the oven is cooking to delight us. I hope you like the Peruvian-style baked turkey recipe that I leave you below. Say no more and cook!

How to Prepare Baked Turkey

Christmas Baked Turkey Recipe
Christmas Baked Turkey

The Christmas Baked Turkey in Peru is the main dish of many tables in Peruvian homes during Christmas.

🔪 Prep Time30 minutes
🍲 Cook Time3 hours
⏲️ Total Time3 hours 30 minutes
🍽️ Servings8 servings
🔥 Calories350 calories


For the filling:

  • 2 large red onions, diced
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced or minced preferably
  • 200 g of minced pork
  • 2 and a half cups of bacon
  • 100 g of ham
  • 200 g of beef
  • 100 ml of red wine
  • 100 g of almonds
  • 100 g of dried plums
  • 100 g dried apricots
  • 2 and a half cups chopped parsley
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 slices of crustless sliced ​​bread
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Turkey:

  • 1 whole turkey of 7 kg about
  • 100 g chicken or turkey liver
  • 50 g panca chili
  • 20 g of mustard
  • 50 g of yellow chili
  • 100 g ground garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 100 g of all the following herbs: oregano, rosemary and thyme
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • Salt and white pepper


For the filling:

  1. We are going to prepare the filling for the Turkey in the oven. Heat a pan with a little oil and add the onion, garlic and fry for a minute to brown but not burn. Then add the pork and mix.
  2. Before the pork is completely fried add the two and a half cups of bacon, the ham and the beef. Fry everything well and mix. When everything is fried add the red wine, the parsley, the almonds, the cherries, the apricots, mix it and reserve it.
  3. In a bowl or container, beat 3 eggs and add 6 slices of crustless bread. Mix everything until you get a dough, add salt and pepper. Then add the meat preparation, mix well and stuff the turkey.
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For the Turkey:

  1. In a bowl place the liver, crush it and mix it with the panca pepper, yellow pepper and mustard until you get a paste. Then with this paste smear the turkey all over the outside.
  2. In another bowl mix the other ingredients: ground garlic, lemon, mustard, touch of honey, oregano, rosemary, thyme, orange juice, white wine, salt, white pepper. Once you have everything mixed, also smear the turkey, but be very careful not to remove the first layer of the liver paste and peppers.
  3. Let the turkey rest for 3 or 4 hours with the preparation.
  4. After the time has elapsed. Heat the oven to 200 degrees and when you put the turkey in, lower it to 180. More or less it is half an hour per kilo of turkey. That is to say for a turkey as in our example of 7 kg. It would be 3 and a half hours. Of course it all depends on the type of oven and how strong it is. So you have to pay close attention so it doesn't burn. It is very important so that the turkey does not remain dry that you spray it with your own juices every 15 minutes.
  5. You can accompany the turkey with mashed potatoes or apple or if you prefer with a delicious Russian Salad.

Well, well, it made me hungry while writing this recipe. I'm sure you will too, but wait, that's not all. I have TWO SUPER TIPS FOR BAKED TURKEY . Advantage!

Tips and tricks

  • For the Baked Turkey to better absorb the ingredients, I recommend that you leave it in salted water for at least two hours before adding the first layer of liver paste. Then, apply the two preparations and if possible do not prepare it the same day, but leave it ready the night before.
  • Now, so that the turkey is not too dry, squeeze two oranges and with a syringe inject the juice into the breast and thighs of the turkey. She tries to spread all the juice throughout the turkey.
  • If you wish, you can also mix it with half a cup of wine.
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Additional information

In Peru - for those who read us from other countries - Christmas is in summer, therefore the typical image of films with snow and shelter are very foreign to us and have nothing to do with our Christmases.

In Peru at Christmas it is hot, which helps us and encourages us to have a better time.

Christmas in Lima

There are many traditions and I personally know those of Lima, if someone who reads wants to comment on how it is celebrated in their city or town, I encourage them to leave their comment at the bottom.

Well, as I was saying, In Lima, like every capital, the Christmas atmosphere is spectacular, the houses decorated with lights . The wonderful births, some larger than others, the trees that, although they are not natural (as in Europe); however, they are so well decorated that you can be mesmerized by their play of light.

In Peru we have dinner at midnight and we prepare throughout the day to show off our best outfits and be ready to celebrate in style. The typical thing is to see the mother very busy during the day preparing the turkey in the oven, the father finalizing all the details of the birth, the tree, wrapping the gifts and helping the lady of the house in everything he can.

While the little ones explode their rockets and different fireworks, which nowadays it seems to me that they are prohibited and I think that it is good because there were always many accidents. There is some less dangerous type of pyrotechnics and it is always recommended to be in the company of an adult.

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