Herb Roasted Christmas Turkey

Herb Roasted Christmas Turkey

Herb Roasted Christmas Turkey

Recipe created by Chef Jimmy Boswell

Servings 8-10


  • 1 x 6-7kg turkey, giblets and neck removed, at room temperature for 1 hour
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 1 1/12 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tbsp unslated butter, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp +1 tbsp Lemon Myrtle infused Macadamia Oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 cloves whole garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tbsp fine diced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 1 lemon, quartered


  • Preheat oven to 220°C.
  • Set a rack inside a large roasting pan. Pat turkey very dry with paper towels and rub bird inside and out with salt and pepper and then using a pastry brush coat the outside with 3 tbsp Lemon Myrtle infused Macadamia Oil and rest covered for 1 hour.
  • Place turkey on the rack in the pan.
  • Using a food processor combine butter, minced garlic, lemon zest, rosemary, sage, and thyme until its smooth and then add the 1 tbsp Lemon Myrtle infused Macadamia Oil. Rub the herb butter over top of turkey and inside cavity.
  • Place onion, whole garlic, thyme sprigs, orange and lemon inside turkey cavity. Tuck tips of wings under bird (this prevents them from burning during the long roasting time). Pour 4 cups water into pan. Roast turkey, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 165°C. Baste turkey with pan juices; add more water if needed to maintain at least 5-7mm of liquid in the bottom of roasting pan.
  • Continue roasting turkey, basting every 30 minutes and tenting with foil if skin is turning too dark, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 74°C (juices should run clear when thermometer is removed), about 2 3⁄4 hours total.
  • Transfer turkey to a platter and tent with foil and let rest for 1 hour before carving and make a gravy from the pan juices.
  • If carving dress the bird with some fresh sprigs of thyme and rosemary and a sprinkling of Cranberries for colour.
Herb Roasted Christmas Turkey

Brookfarm Products Used


Posted on

February 10, 2016

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