World's best roast turkey

    4 hours 10 min

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

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    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.

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     -  25 Jul 2010


    QUESTION PLEASE: as somebody else inquired, do we cut slits in the bag, per instructions on the box of cooking bags? The recipe doesn't say. Thank you for responding!  -  13 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have made this for thanksgiving two years in a row and everyove raved about it! It comes out unbelievably juicy and simply delicious! I cubed two apples and stuffed the cavity to have enough to serve with the turkey. I also took the turkey out of the roasting bag about 2/3 of cooking time to prevent the skin from sticking to the bag and basted every twenty minutes after that until it was brown and crispy. I highly recommend this recipe!!! The flavor is amazing and it's so easy to prepare! The apples and the champagne really follow through in this recipe, you won't be disappointed!  -  20 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)