The Family Trillos Colombian Christmas Turkey, Stuffed with Rice, Fruit, & Nuts

The best stuffing on earth!

The best stuffing on earth!

This is a recipe from my dear friends and second family, the Trillos.  It invariably becomes everyone’s favorite stuffing after they try it.


1 medium turkey

-to marinate & baste:

4 stalks of celery

1 large onion, grated

1 Tbs. cumin

2 cans of beer

Salt & Pepper to taste


4 cups cooked white rice

6 strips of bacon, cooked and diced

12 pieces of salami, diced

¼ cup dried apricots, diced

¼ cup prunes, diced

¼ cup green olives, sliced

¼ cup slivered almonds

¼ cup pine nuts

* you can add any dried fruits or nuts that you like



  • 48 hours in advance, mix the basting ingredients together and marinate the turkey.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 48 hours, basting constantly
  • On the day of, preheat the oven to 350°
  • Mix the stuffing ingredients in a large bowl
  • Stuff the turkey with the mixture and reserve most of the basting liquid
  • Place stuffed turkey in the oven, baste constantly until internal temperature reaches 180°


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