Cooking the Perfect Roast Turkey

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A roast turkey is one of the quintessential holiday dishes so with Easter on the horizon, it’s time to learn how to roast a turkey to perfection! There are various stuffing recipes and turkey cooking times however we have included our steps for preparing a traditionally festive turkey.

Ingredients (to serve 8):

  • 4.5kg turkey
  • 75grams butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 400g premium sausages
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • Grated rind of 2 lemons
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100g white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Heat 25grams of butter in a frypan, add the onion and cook until softened. Remove from heat.
  2. Remove the casing from the sausages and break the meat into a bowl. Add the cooked onion, parsley, thyme, egg, breadcrumbs and half the lemon rind. Stir to combine.
  3. Preheat oven to 170’C while stuffing mixture cools.
  4. Wash and dry the turkey cavity before filling it with the sausage stuffing. Place the turkey into a roasting pan and run the breast with some butter. Cover with foil and roast for an hour.
  5. Combine the honey, 30grams of butter and the remaining lemon rind in a saucepan over a low heat. Simmer until butter melts.
  6. Remove the turkey from the oven and brush all over with the lemon and butter mixture.  Season turkey with salt and pepper and place ½ cup water into the base of the roasting pan.
  7. Cook for another 1 ½ hours before removing the turkey and sitting to cool for 15minutes. Note that turkey cooking times will vary depending on the size of the turkey.
  8. Carve and serve.

With these 8 simple steps you can impress the family with a delectable roast turkey this Easter! Just make sure you vary the turkey cooking times depending on the size of turkey you purchase for the family.

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