Roast Christmas turkey

    3 hours 45 min

    This makes a perfect roast turkey. When the bird is divided into crown and legs it enables the meat to be cooked thoroughly but accurately, without overcooking the extremeties.


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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 (9.5kg) turkey, crown and legs separated
    • 100 g butter, softened
    • 1 large orange
    • 1 handful of whole cloves
    • salt

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr30min  ›  Extra time:45min resting  ›  Ready in:3hr45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 160 C fan / Gas 4.
    2. Push butter under the skin of the breast.
    3. Press cloves into the orange and place in the neck end of the bird. You can also use stuffing if you prefer.
    4. Sprinkle plenty of salt on the skin of both the crown and the legs. Use wooden skewers as necessary to tuck in the skin around the carcass.
    5. Tie the legs together neatly with butcher's string.
    6. Place both joints in a large baking tray and wrap each in aluminium foil, using extra foil to protect the bonier parts, wings, legs and breast bone.
    7. Roast in a pre-heated oven for 1.5 hours then raise the heat by 10 C and roast for 1 more hour. At some point in the last hour remove the foil from the breast and leg joints but leave the extra foil on the bony bits.
    8. Remove from the oven after 2.5 hours. The juices should be running clear when a skewer is inserted at the thickest part of the breast.
    9. Carve and serve with gravy and all the trimmings.

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