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Roast Turkey with Pasta Tatters
Purica s mlincima

This is a very well-known Croatian specialty served on special occasions. Croatians in North America will often serve turkey in this manner on Christmas, thus putting their own ethnic touch on the holiday. The turkey should be served sliced on a bed of mlinci (pasta tatters) on a heated platter. Coleslaw is a good side salad to serve with this dish as is stewed red cabbage.

Serves 6 to 8
1 turkey, about 12 pounds
salt and pepper to taste
1 apple
3/4 cup oil or butter
1 pound mlinci (pasta tatters see pg 74)

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a roasting pan liberally with oil or butter.

Salt the cleaned turkey and place a whole apple inside the body cavity. Coat the whole turkey with oil or butter and place into the liberally greased roasting pan and add a bit of water to the bottom of the roaster.

Place in oven and roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, basting periodically with the oil or
butter. When the turkey is almost done, add the scalded mlinci and roast for another
20 to 30 minutes in order for the mlinci to soak up the drippings in the pan.

Source: The Best of Croatian Cooking

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