Recipe: Traditional Roast Turkey with Festive Stuffing

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celebrate the family meal of the year with this succulent roast turkey and festive savoury stuffing


  • 12 lb. (5.4kg) turkey, oven ready
  • 1 onion, large
  • 3 tbsps. oil
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • one and a half pints (825ml) turkey stock
  • festive stuffing (see hookery cookery festive stuffing recipe)
  • 8 oz. cocktail sausages
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Wipe the turkey inside and out, remove any giblets, and dry with kitchen paper
    2. Take enough of the festive stuffing mixture to nearly fill the neck cavity of the turkey, then replace the neck flap
    3. Shape the rest of the stuffing into balls
    4. Peel the onion and place in the body cavity of the turkey then tuck the turkey wing tips under the body to secure the flap
    5. Tuck the ends of leg bones into the body cavity or secure them with elastic bands
    6. Place the turkey in a large roasting tin and pour the stock around it
    7. Brush the turkey with oil, season then cover loosely with greased foil
    8. Cook in a pre-heated oven (350F, Gas Mark 4, 180C) fro three hours
    9. Remove the foil and baste the turkey
    10. Arrange the stuffing balls around the turkey and cook for a further 45 minutes, basting occasionally
    11. Also place the cocktail sausages in a tin and bake at the bottom of the oven for the last 40 minutes of roasting time
    12. Test the turkey with a skewer to see if cooked, then transfer to a warmed serving plate, arranging stuffing balls and sausages around it
    13. Cover with foil and leave for 10 minutes before carving


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