Christmas Cooking Recipes – Roast Turkey
For this instalment of our Arboretum Cookery Corner, we are choosing the classic Roast Turkey. Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete in our house without the traditional roast turkey. I’ve tried to experiment a few times and shake things up, but we always end up coming back to the traditional.
This is a very straight forward and easy to follow Roast Turkey recipe that you can add your own spin to by wrapping in streaky bacon toward the end of your cooking time.
What you’ll need:
1 18lb Whole Turkey
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1.5l turkey stock
8 cups prepared stuffing
Salt & pepper to season
What you’ll need to do:
First, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 165°C and be sure your rack is placed to the lowest position in the oven.
Once the turkey has been washed out (don’t forget to ensure you’ve removed the giblets), pat dry with paper towels and place the turkey on a rack in a deep roasting dish, breast side up.
Pour roughly 2 cups of stock into the bottom of the tray
Loosely fill the cavity of the turkey with stuffing, smear the outside of the turkey with your softened butter, season well and create a tin foil tent surrounding the turkey before placing in the oven.
Baste all over approx. every 30 minutes with the juices from the pan. As the juices evaporate, add another 2 cups of stock as required
After about 2.5 hours, you can remove the foil from the turkey and return for a further 1.5 hours.
Remove from the oven and place on a large serving platter for 20-30 mins, then carve and serve.
I hope you enjoyed our Christmas recipes and will return again in the new year with some varied dishes and show how to make the most of your dishes from what we can grow in the garden.
Happy Christmas & New Year from the Arboretum family.
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