Bring the Big Game Tailgate Home and Deep-Fry a Turkey!

Jan 31, 2012

Football fans are scoring high at Game Day parties  this year with deep fried turkey.  Special new recipes such as the grilled turkey and  pineapple sandwich with smoked mozzarella, the Latin@style turkey tostada salad  with spicy peanut dressing, and the Monte Cristo del Rio Grande sandwich are sure  to make everyone cheer.  

Deep-fried turkeys in peanut oil are now the second most preferred way to prepare turkey, but take much less time than a traditional roasted turkey and is very similar  from a nutritional standpoint. A 4-ounce serving of roasted turkey has 241 calories  and 12 grams of fat while a 4-ounce serving of turkey deep@fried in peanut oil comes  in at 253 calories and under 14 grams of fat, a very subtle difference. 

Peanut oil is traditionally used to prepare a deep@fried turkey because of its great  taste and high smoke point.  It is naturally trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and low in  saturated fats. Many are not aware that frying in 100% peanut oil is allergen-free as  well.  Peanut oil is high in unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fat.  It is  also a source of vitamin E and phytosterols, which benefit heart-health.

Visit to get great fried turkey recipes created by the Culinary  Institute of America, including creative ways to use your fried turkey in sandwiches  and salads.  After your turkey has fried, the peanut oil can be reused to prepare side  dishes or anything else on your game day menu.  The Peanut Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting nutrition research and educational  programs that contribute to healthful lifestyles.