Herb Roasted Christmas Turkey
Recipe created by Chef Jimmy Boswell
- 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.