Buttered turkey

Buttered turkey


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About this recipe: This is a simple way to prepare a turkey without stuffing. The secret ingredient is butter - it enhances the bird's natural flavour. When the turkey is done, the juices may be used to prepare a gravy by adding cornflour 1 tablespoon at a time until the gravy begins to thicken.


Serves: 10 

  • 1 whole turkey
  • 100g butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 250ml water

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
  2. Place turkey breast down in a roasting tin. Insert half of the butter inside the turkey. Place remaining butter in several pieces around the turkey. Season turkey liberally with salt and pepper. Pour water into the tin.
  3. Cook covered in the preheated oven 3 to 3 1/2 hours until the internal temperature of the thigh has reached 80 C.

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Reviews (4)


Altered ingredient amounts. Made this for the in-laws....they were surprised. I didn't use as much butter as the recipe called for....but wow what a difference. I also added a sprinkling of poultry seasonings to the skin....which made it delicious. Also, I rubbed some butter between the skin and the flesh. I have found that really makes a difference. Thanks for helping me to impress my in-laws....appreciate it. - 15 Sep 2008


Cooking the turkey upside down does help keep the meat moist. I like to use a cooking bag too because it cooks faster and seems to retain more juice. - 15 Sep 2008


This was my first turkey. It turned out great!! So juicy and tender! I stuck little pices of butter between the breast and the skin. It was delicious. My husband cant get enough of it. - 15 Sep 2008

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