Pavochón: Puerto Rican-style Turkey

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Puerto Rico / Cocina Criolla / Radio

Pavochón Thanksgiving feast. (Photo: Marin Watts)

Pavochón Thanksgiving feast. (Photo: Marin Watts)

Originally broadcast on NPR’s Latino USA on November 27, 2013.

When reporter Von Diaz was a girl celebrating Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico, her abuela ruled the kitchen. Each year she created a magical dish called a pavochón, a turkey cooked like a traditional Puerto Rican pork roast. This year, she tries to recreate the dish with her grandmother’s help.

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The Author

Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds.

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