Ok Sherlocks- I know this is a chicken and not a turkey! But when do you decide just to cook a turkey because you fancy it? Well the honest truth is never. So I’ve used my photos and tips from cooking a chicken- but the same can be said for a turkey- the cooking times are obviously different but we’re going to use the Good Food roast calculator to see how long to cook the turkey for and there are some more turkey hints and tips in here as well…
You need to work out how big a turkey you need to buy to feed the amount of people you have coming for Christmas dinner. BUT you also need to make sure you can actually fit the turkey in your oven and that you have a tray big enough. I think the disposable foil trays that you can buy in the supermarket are great. I would recommend getting one of these and taking it home and checking to see if it fits in your oven and what clearance you have left. Then when you go to buy your turkey take it with you and your tape measure to see if the turkey you’re going to buy will fit. You may feel silly doing this but you’ll feel even more silly getting a turkey that doesn’t fit in your oven…
How big a turkey do you need?
Taken from Good Food Turkey Guide
- 2-2.5kg serves 4-6
- 3kg serves 6-7
- 3.5kg serves 7-8
- 4-4.5kg serves 8-10
- 5-5.5kg serves 10-12
- 6-6.5kg serves 12-15
How to roast a turkey
- 1 turkey
- Frylight / grease
- Weigh your turkey or have a look on the packet for the weight
- Use the Good Food Roast Calculator to work out the timings
- Put your oven on and make sure your oven is heated up to the right temperature, it's a good idea to put your oven on at the start before doing the other bits to get things started
- I very simply put my turkey in a roasting tray with some tinfoil in it
- I grease the tray with a bit of fry light or some oil and then place the turkey on the tray
- For this turkey I have sprinkled some turkey seasoning on top- you don't have to do this but it adds a bit of flavour
- You can also chop a lemon in half and stuff that inside the bird which will give you a bit of moisture as well
- Follow the steps on the roast timer
- When your turkey is cooked cover it in tin foil and a tea towel to keep it warm and rest for 5 -10 mins
- Then it's all ready to eat!!!!
How to roast a turkey (chicken) in pictures
The prepped chicken ready for the oven
When it’s cooked, cover your chicken with tin foil
Cover the chicken with a tea towel to keep it warm
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