Lemon butter roast turkey

Lemon butter roast turkey

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Delicious twist on the traditional meal served on a Sunday with the family. This meal will certainly have people asking questions and wanting more. Simple to prepare and usually takes no longer than cooking a chicken.

Try it out by following this simple recipe.

Preparation time:  
10 minutes
Cooking time:  2 hours 10 minutes
Serves: 6


1 x 3kg RSPCA Assured labelled turkey
75g butter, softened
zest and juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
250g RSPCA Assured labelled streaky bacon


Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5.

Stuff the neck of the turkey with your chosen stuffing and secure with cocktail sticks.

Calculate the cooking time of the turkey by allowing 20 minutes per 1kg, plus 70 minutes.

Mix together the butter, lemon zest and juice. Spread the butter over the turkey.  Arrange the bacon in a criss-cross pattern across the turkey breast – this will help the turkey to remain moist.

Place the turkey in the roasting tin & cover with the foil, leaving a large gap between the turkey & the foil to enable the air to circulate.

Roast in the oven, basting occasionally. 30 minutes before the end of cooking time, fold back the foil & return to the oven to brown.

To test if the turkey is cooked, pierce the thickest part of a thigh with a skewer – the juices should run clear, not pink or red.

Remove turkey to warmed serving plate, cover with  foil & leave to stand in warm place. 

Resting allows the juices to settle and redistribute around the meat, making the bird more succulent and easier to carve.  You can leave your turkey to rest for up to an hour, which  frees up the oven and give you lots of time to cook the trimmings.

Tip: Always make sure your turkey is at room temperature before you cook it, otherwise cooking times given may not be accurate.

 Remove wishbone before roasting to make the turkey easier to carve when cooked. Sit the turkey on a cutting board. Pull skin back towards breast to expose wishbone. Using a sharp knife cut wishbone free & remove it.

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