World's best roast turkey

World's best roast turkey


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About this recipe: This roast turkey recipe will ensure that your bird is deliciously moist.


Serves: 16 

  • 1 whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 125g butter, cubed
  • 2 apples, cored and halved
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 bottle champagne

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr30min  ›  Extra time:20min  ›  Ready in:4hr10min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
  2. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, and insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place apples inside the turkey's cavity. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place turkey in a roasting bag, and pour champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting tin.
  3. Roast turkey 3 to 3 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature is 74 degrees C when measured in the meatiest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from bag, and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.

Cooking turkey tips

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Turkey tips

For fail-safe tips and turkey cooking times see our guide to cooking turkey. Also don't forget our turkey gravy recipes.

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- 25 Jul 2010

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