Roast turkey

Amazing Roast Turkey

Recipe by Fintan

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Cook Time

210 Minutes

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Total Time

255 Minutes

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  • 1 free range turkey (5kg will feed 8)
  • 50g butter
  • Seasoning
  • 1 pack of streaky black bacon



Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.


Spread butter all over the turkey and season with salt and pepper.


Place turkey in a roasting tin, breast side up, and roast for 40 minutes per kilo for the first 4 kilos then 45 minutes for every kilo over that weight. For a turkey of this weight, the cooking time should be 3½-4 hours. The turkey will continue to cook and the temperature will rise more while it rests.


Top tip Don’t forget about your giblets.Remove them from your turkey and cover with water. Add a peeled onion, carrot, celery stick, bay leaf and a glass of red wine. Then simmer for 40 minutes, strain and you'll have the perfect stock to deglaze your turkey roasting tin.


Remove the turkey from the oven and rest for 30 - 45 minutes, this is key to ensuring your turkey is nice and moist. Don’t cover the turkey too tightly if you want the skin to stay crisp but keep it warm.


Before serving your turkey, check that the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible and when you cut into the thickest part ofthe meat, the juices run clear. To test if it's done, make sure the juices run clear when you pierce the thigh where it meets the body. If not, put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes, then test again