Simple roast turkey

Simple roast turkey


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About this recipe: A simple, back to basics roast turkey recipe that really lets the turkey shine.

Robin C.

Serves: 16 

  • 1 whole turkey
  • 75g butter
  • 1L boiling water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:5hr  ›  Ready in:5hr30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Remove the giblets from the turkey, if included, or you can add these to roasting tin if they are anyone's favourites. You can also use them in a turkey gravy.
  2. Place turkey in a roasting tin. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 1/2 of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.
  3. Combine the water with the stock cube, and sprinkle in the parsley flakes and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle poultry seasoning over the turkey.
  4. Cover with aluminium foil and bake in preheated oven for 4 to 5 hours, until the temperature of the thigh meat reaches 74 degrees C. For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.

Cooking turkey tips

For easy tips and step-by-step instructions, see our Cooking turkey article, and don't forget our turkey gravy recipes.

Turkey tips

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Hi, used this to cook my turkey, missed out the onion and used plain sausage meat for stuffing, a chicken stock cube an orange and lemon to fill the cavities. basted at last hour and left open to crisp for last half, came out perfect. Thanks so much - 25 Dec 2013

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