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Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Cranberry-Walnut Mole


In small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 1 tablespoon each ground black pepper and Schnucks garlic powder and 1 teaspoon Schnucks ground cumin.

Remove giblets from 1 thawed Schnucks fresh or frozen turkey (12 to 14 pounds); discard liver. Prepare turkey as package directs; place turkey, breast side up, on rack in deep roasting pan. Blot moisture from turkey. Sprinkle inside cavity and outside of turkey with chile powder mixture. Place 1 quartered medium onion and 2 coarsely chopped celery ribs into turkey cavity. Tie legs together with kitchen string; tuck wing tips under turkey to hold in place. Place giblets around turkey in pan; add 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) less-sodium chicken broth. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Roast turkey in oven at 325°F for 1-1/2 hours or until turkey starts to brown.

Baste turkey with 1/2 pound melted Schnucks unsalted butter and roast 30 minutes. Baste again; tent with foil. Roast turkey 1 hour longer or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 160°F in thickest part of thigh, making sure thermometer doesn’t touch bone, basting every 20 minutes. Transfer turkey to platter; loosely cover with foil.

Remove rack from pan; skim excess fat from drippings. Strain drippings through fine-mesh strainer into small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 coarsely chopped medium onion to a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and cook 3 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped Schnucks walnuts, 2 seeded, chopped medium serrano peppers and 6 chopped garlic cloves; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 1 teaspoon Schnucks ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 can (15 ounces) Schnucks traditional tomato sauce, 1 cup dried cranberries and drippings, and heat to simmer. Stir in 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips; cook 3 minutes. Transfer chocolate mixture to blender; blend until smooth. Carve turkey and serve with mole.

Cook’s Wisdom
If you don’t have a roasting rack, place giblets in roasting pan, then place turkey directly on giblets.