The Christmas turkey

Enjoy a great meal this Christmas with our traditional recipe for turkey and gravy. It'll feed the whole family with some spare.

Main courses
Roast turkey with cranberries
  • Preparation time 45 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 3 hours 15 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 8


  • Turkey 4-5kg
  • Butter 200g
  • Streaky bacon 250g
  • Pepper and salt
  • Sunflower oil 2 tablespoons
  • Plain flour 2 tablespoons
  • Wine 1 glass


  1. Remove any giblets and simmer gently in a large pan for the gravy.
  2. Gently ease the skin away from the flesh of the turkey and tuck butter underneath. Carefully lay the skin back and season.
  3. Put the oil into a large roasting tin and place turkey on top.
  4. Cover the bird with a lattice of streaky bacon.
  5. Make a loose tent of foil to enclose all and put in a preheated oven (200c, gas 6) for 3 hours or until juices run clear.
  6. Baste every hour.
  7. Remove foil and leave in oven for 10 mins to brown the meat.
  8. Place turkey onto a large platter and cover with double foil to keep warm and rest.
  9. To make the gravy add 2 tablespoons plain flour to a little of the fat in the roasting pan and heat until a roux is formed. Gently add the giblet stock and season. A glass of wine enhances the flavour. Strain and serve in a warm jug.

Any leftover meat should be refrigerated as soon as possible.