Super Easy Roast Turkey
If it’s your turn to cook the Christmas dinner this year, keep calm! We’ll be adding new recipes to our blog throughout the festive season to help you keep it simple and stress-free.
Today we’re talking turkey. Follow our recipe to find out how to cook a tender and juicy turkey that’s full of flavour!
- 5kg Over Farm turkey
- 150g salted butter
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- Parsley and thyme chopped (save the stalks)
- 2 lemons, cut in half
- Salt and pepper
- Start the process early for best results, at least 12 hours before you are planning to cook your turkey. Use 2 tbsp of salt to season the bird, rub all over. Place back into the fridge on a baking tray.
- Take the turkey out of the fridge at least an hour and a half before you are going to cook it, this will help it warm up to room temperature.
- Pre-heat the oven to 240°c (220°c fan).
- Soften the butter in a pan or in the microwave. Stir in the garlic, herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice and heat for a further 1 minute until melted.
- Lift the turkey out of the baking tray, put a roasting rack or ovenproof cooling rack underneath.
- Use a pastry brush to smear the seasoned butter over the whole turkey, including under the skin. Leave approximately 2 tbsp of the butter for later. Stuff the turkey with the lemons and herb stalks. Season further with salt and pepper.
- Place the turkey into the oven, reduce the temperature to 180°c (160°c fan).
- Cook the turkey for 1 hour, remove from the oven and baste all over with any juices. Brush on more of the butter mixture. Put back in the oven and repeat 30 minutes later.
- Once the turkey has been in the oven for 2 hours in total, it should be ready to eat. If you have a probe thermometer, the thickest part of the breast should be 65°c.
- When you’re sure the turkey is fully cooked, leave to cool on the rack for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the turkey to a board, leave to rest for at least 25 minutes before carving.
Turkeys and all the trimmings are available to pre-order from the Over Farm website, so get prepared this Christmas and order in advance!
Stay tuned for our next easy peasy festive recipe…