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El Centro, California (NAPSI) - An increasing number of Americans are finding that a holiday  tradition long popular in the South gets a warm welcome from family and  friends everywhere:

a succulent turkey, deep-fried in 100 percent peanut oil the  second most popular way to cook the bird.

To stick to the Southern flavor, try using the same oil to turn out hush  puppies, fried okra, sweet potato fries, and veggie chips, since the flavors  won’t transfer with the oil. Peanut oil can safely be reused three or  four times before it needs to be replaced. Just let the oil cool completely  after use, strain it, and store in a cool place.

Peanut oil has a high smoke point and slightly nutty flavor and the whole  process takes about half the time it does to roast a turkey in the oven.

The oil is also trans fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in saturated fats,  and high in unsaturated fats, to benefit heart health. The American Heart  Association considers peanuts a heart-healthy food and research suggests that  peanut oil can even improve cholesterol levels and prevent chronic diseases  such as diabetes and heart disease.

Here’s a recipe to try:

Crispy and Juicy Deep-Fried Turkey

1 whole turkey

1 tablespoon of salt

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 tablespoons of your favorite dry  rub

3 to 4 gallons of 100% peanut oil  (just enough to cover the turkey)

Directions:

1. Wash bird inside and out and  allow it to drain.

2. Rub turkey with the salt,  pepper, garlic and dry rub.

3. Allow turkey to sit at room  temperature for 1 hour or until completely thawed and dry.

4. Preheat peanut oil in an outdoor  or countertop turkey fryer to 350º F.

5. Make sure there is no moisture  on the skin and carefully lower turkey into hot oil either in a fryer basket  or using a sturdy tool inserted into the chest cavity. Submerge the turkey  completely.

6. Fry turkey for 3 minutes per  pound plus 5 minutes per bird. Internal temperature should reach 165º F.  

7. Remove turkey from the oil and  let sit 20 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Learn More

To view recipes from celebrity chefs, instructional videos and nutritional  information on deep-frying in peanut oil, visit www.turkeyfrying.net.