Christmas Recipe Feature – Roast Turkey

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The festive season is upon us again and we thought we’d share a rather delicious looking Roast Turkey Recipe with our readers, looks good don’t you think?

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 whole turkey
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 carrot, halved lengthways
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Rinse cavity of turkey with cold water and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Fill front and back cavities of turkey with prepared stuffing. Secure legs with kitchen string. And neck flap tightly with a poultry pin or small skewer. Rub skin with oil.
  3. Dice carrot and celery and scatter over base of a large roasting pan. Sit turkey on top of vegetables. This will make the pan juices more flavoursome for the gravy.
  4. Bake turkey for 3½ to 3¾ hours. To test if turkey is cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg. If juices run clear the turkey is cooked. If juices are pink cook a little longer.
  5. Transfer turkey to a chopping board, cover and stand for 15 minutes, before carving.

Roast Gravy 


  1. Drain off pan juices (leave 2 tbs in pan) with vegetables to a food processor and cool. Process until smooth. Place roasting pan with reserved juices over a medium heat. Sprinkle flour over and whisk until smooth.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Slowly add pureed mixture and stock, stirring constantly.
  3. Return to heat and whisk until mixture comes to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes or until gravy thickens.
  4. Strain through a sieve into a gravy boat. Slice turkey and serve with stuffing, roast vegetables and cranberry sauce.

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