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Classic Roast Turkey



SERVING: 10-12

TIME: 3.5hrs


Nothing says Christmas quite like a Classic Roast Turkey, perfect for sharing with family and friends over a long lunch or dinner. Get the recipe now and you’ll enjoy a meal packed with flavour and juices while keeping it easy and fuss-free. Easily serves between 10-12 guests and will go well with a generous side salad, see our recipe inspiration here.


  • 120g unsalted butter
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • Salt and pepper to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.
  3. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry.
  4. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic.
  5. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.
  7. Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil, letting it rest for 20 minutes.
  8. Slice the turkey and serve.