The Best Way To Cook A Turkey

18:42' 11-12-2017
Turkey is widely known as a “traditional” Christmas dinner, but it is not often done at home, because few people are sure how to cook turkeys properly. This recipe, by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, is probably the easiest you will find.



    Turkeys are very large birds, so make sure your oven is big enough for the job. The ideal companion dish is roast vegetables, so there needs to be room for a vegetable tray as well.


    This recipe will serve up to eight people, and takes about 3½ hours to cook. To estimate the time, allow about 30 minutes for each kilo, and add 20 minutes at the end.


    • 5-6 kg turkey

    • 2-4 clementine oranges or mandarins

    • rosemary, fresh thyme and bay leaf

    • 150 g butter

    • 2-3 carrots

    • 3 onions

    • 2 celery stalks


    • Preheat the oven to 260°C.

    • Finely chop the carrots, onion and celery.

    • Chop rosemary and thyme.

    • Mix them thoroughly into the butter.

    • Use a tablespoon to gently separate the skin from the body of the turkey, through the cavity up towards the breastbone.

    • Push half of the butter and vegetable mixture between the skin and the flesh. Massage it so that the butter is spread evenly.

    • Smooth the rest of the butter mixture over the outside of the turkey.

    • Use a skewer or rosemary sprigs to fasten the cavity, so the skin doesn't slide.

    • Cut up the clementines or mandarins, and place in the cavity.

    • Stuff the neck of the bird with as much stuffing as possible.

    • Turn the oven down to 180°C.

    • Baste the turkey with its juices every 45 minutes.

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