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Day 27 – The perfect festive turkey

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It’s Day 27 of The Inspiration Challenge and, as it is soon coming to an end,  I thought I’d use this post to inject you with some Christmas culinary inspiration.

Obviously everyone is starting to think about what they are going to cook on the day – and while many chefs throw around ideas of breaking away from tradition – I am one who likes to stick firmly to it.

I have cooked the Christmas lunch for my family pretty much every year since I was about 13 or 14 and I absolutely love it! It’s exhausting, but for me, it’s the most satisfying meal to cook for the year. Everyone comes together, and sits down together for this huge feast. There is nothing I love more than everyone coming together – and I guess that’s why, fundamentally, I love food so much. We all gotta eat – so lets eat together.

This year is going to be a little different as Matt’s family have invited me to spend Christmas lunch with them. His mum is an absolutely fantastic cook and she, like me, always cooks Christmas lunch. I’m really looking forward to spending this special day of the year with them. I haven’t gotten to spend a Christmas with a lot of kids around (Matt has four gorgeous nieces and nephews) – and so I am looking forward to seeing their happy little faces on the day! I also hope Matt’s mum will let me lend a helping hand in the kitchen too!

The night will be spent with my family, relaxing at my mum’s house while we enjoy the Christmas spirit out the front, in the glow of her amazing display of Christmas lights – which are my mum’s passion for the year. She is an amazing lady (and slightly crazy LOL) – the work she puts in to decorating her whole house is truly amazing and spending the night with her, my dad, brother, his girlfriend and Matt, as people from all over Geelong stop by to see the lights, is an incredible treat. Of course, there will be oodles of hams and cold meats for everyone too!

As a traditionalist – I love a good turkey on Christmas day. So, here is the simplest way to cook your turkey for that special day.

The perfect Christmas turkey

 

  • 50gm of unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Thyme
  • 1 fresh turkey 4 to 5 kg
  • Sea salt to season
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 whole lemon, halved
  • 1  red onion, quartered
  • 1 head of garlic halved crosswise
Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (c).

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.

Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting tin. Generously season the outside with salt and pepper, as well as inside the turkey cavity.

Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

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 – let rest for 20 minutes.

All that is left to do is present it to your hungry family and friends and enjoy.

Be Inspired this Christmas~

Lisa

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