Classic cook’s Christmas turkey

Recipe from: 4 November 2013
recipes turkey roast festive

Ingredients 7
Servings 2
Minutes 00:35


Serving Change
  • 1
    large turkey - defrosted, about 5kg
  • 4
    lemon zest - grated
  • 125
    PnP butter
  • 4
    cloves PnP garlic - crushed
  • 1
    pinch salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 125
    Robertsons paprika
  • 2
    chicken stock


Preheat oven to 220°C.

Rinse turkey under cool running water and dry with kitchen paper. Bring to room temperature before cooking.

Place lemon zest, butter, herbs, garlic and seasoning into a small saucepan and melt over a low heat.

Stuff neck flap with your choice of filling. Season cavity and stuff with lemon quarters.

Truss legs and wings with butcher’s string.

Calculate cooking time by weighing stuffed turkey (cook for about 20 minutes per 500g).

Place turkey in a roasting tray, add stock and cover with foil.

Roast for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 180°C.

Continue roasting for three quarters of cooking time.

Remove foil and cook, basting frequently for remainder of cooking time.

Test if turkey is cooked by inserting a metal skewer into the thickest part of the thigh. If the juices run clear, the bird is cooked.

If there is any pink in juices, return turkey to oven for 15-20 minutes or until cooked.

Rest for 30 minutes and carve.

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