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A Bayou State Thanksgiving

CAJUN SPICED TURKEY

MAKES 10 TO 12 SERVINGS

Rubbed with butter and a homemade Cajun spice blend, this turkey will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner.

1 (12- to 14-pound) whole turkey, giblets and neck discarded
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 tablespoons Cajun Spice Mix (recipe follows), divided
2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 1 large onion)
1½ cups chopped celery (about 3 stalks celery)
1 cup chopped green bell pepper (about 1 medium bell pepper)
¼ cup olive oil

Line a large roasting pan with foil. Place a V-shaped roasting rack over foil, and spray with cooking

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