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Cranberry Christmas Turkey

Cranberry Christmas Turkey Recipe

An easy main dish for your Christmas Lunch takes only 10 minutes to prepare and the oven will do the rest!

Cook: 3 Hours 10 Mins | Serves: 12
Ingredients:
  • 7 Kg Free-range Turkey
  • 100g My Organics dried Cranberries
  • 60g fresh thyme
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 12 rashes of smoked bacon

Method:

  • Remove the turkey from the fridge 1 hour before cooking to let it come up to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7. Finely chop the My Organics dried cranberries, then pick the leaves from a few thyme sprigs and mix with the butter, seasoning with a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Gently push a rubber spatula between the skin and the breast meat of the turkey to create a pocket, then push in half the butter and smooth it down with your fingers (see tip). Rub any excess butter from your hands over the skin, getting into all the nooks and crannies, then stuff half the remaining thyme sprigs into the cavity.
  • Place the giblets in a large roasting tray with the remaining thyme, then sit the turkey on top and cover the bird snugly with tin foil. Place the turkey in the hot oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes per kilo for a higher-welfare bird, or 35 to 40 minutes per kilo for a standard bird.
  • After 2 hours 40 minutes, remove the foil and spoon some fat from the bottom of the pan over the bird. Carefully dip the bacon in the meat juices and drape or weave over the bird. Return the turkey to the oven for the remaining time, or until golden and cooked through. To check if it’s cooked, stick a knife into the thickest part of the thigh – if the juices run clear and the meat pulls apart easily, it’s cooked. If not, cook it for a bit longer then check again. Use heavy-duty tongs to lift up your bird so all the juices run from the cavity into the tray, then transfer the turkey to a platter, cover with a double layer of foil and a tea towel, and leave to rest for up to 2 hours. Reserve the tray of giblets and juices to make my Chestnut gravy.

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