Christmas Turkey Tips

Christmas Turkey Tips

This week we’ve some Christmas turkey tips with thanks to Bord Bia.  If you have a Christmas dining or cooking dilemma that you need help with, simply comment below or on our Facebook page and we’ll do our best to source the answer!

A Guide to Turkey Sizes:

  • 3kg serves 6-7 people
  • 4kg serves 8-9 people
  • 6kg serves 12-13 people
  • 8k serves 16-18 people
  • 10kg serves 20 people

Cooking Time:

  1. Take the turkey out of the fridge an hour before roasting to allow it to come to room temperature.
  2. Weigh the turkey after you have stuffed it to work out the cooking time. For turkeys up to 8kgs – allow 15 to 20 minutes per ½ kg. For turkeys over 8 kgs, allow 10 to 15 minutes per ½ kg
  3. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7, 220°C (450°F). Cover the turkey loosely with tin foil and roast for ¾ hour then reduce the heat to Gas Mark 3, 170°C (325°F). For the last half hour remove the tin foil.
  4. To test if the turkey is cooked, push a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh – the juices should run clear. If they are pinkish, cook for 15 minutes more, then test again. Alternatively use a meat thermometer as this will eliminate guesswork.
  5. When cooked, transfer the turkey to a platter, cover with foil, then a couple of tea towels, and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.  This will make the turkey easier to carve and it also gives you a chance to turn up the heat on the oven and finish the ham and roast potatoes.

photo credit: CarbonNYC [in SF!] via photopin cc

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