Roast Turkey With Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing

Preparation time

30 Minutes

Cooking time

240 Minutes

Serves

16

No traditional Christmas dinner is complete without a juicy, slowly-roasted and tastily stuffed whole turkey.

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Cook this special Christmas dish from scratch to bring the heart-warming joy of a finer festive season to your dinner table. Just watch this video for the recipe on how to make a roast turkey with a homemade chestnut and cranberry stuffing.

Cooking Tips

1. Helpful chart to tell you how long to roast your turkey according to their weight:

4.5-7lb (2-3.2Kg) – 2.15 to 2.45 hrs

7-9lb (3.2-4Kg) - 2.45 to 4.5 hrs

9-18lb (4.5-8.2Kg) - 3.45 to 4.5 hrs

18-22lb (8.2-10Kg) - 4.5 to 5 hrs

22-24lb (10-11Kg) - 5 to 5.5 hrs

24-30lb (11-13.5Kg) - 5.5 to 6.15 hrs

 

Ingredients

900
grams
Chestnuts
, cooked and chopped roughly
2
cups
Onions
, minced
10
cups
Dried Bread Crumbs
1
teaspoon
Dried Thyme
1
teaspoon
Mixed Herbs
1
Large Whole Turkey
2
cups
Butter
2
cups
Celery
, minced
1
cup
Dried Cranberries
, roughly chopped
1
teaspoon
Dried Marjoram
1
teaspoon
Dried Rosemary
Salt and Pepper
, to taste
Olive Oil
1/2
cup
White Wine

Directions

To prepare the stuffing, add dried breadcrumbs, cranberries, minced celery, minced onions, cooked chestnuts, dried thyme, pepper, mixed herbs, dried rosemary, dried marjoram, salt and 1 cup of softened butter into a large bowl.
Thoroughly mix in all the ingredients with your hands and roll the stuffing into fist-sized balls. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 175°c.
Wash turkey with cold water, and pat dry. Rub salt and pepper into body cavities.
Cut the top part the turkey’s skin slightly to allow butter to be stuffed between skin and turkey. Loosely fill stuffing into body cavities.
Rub the remaining butter all over the turkey before rubbing more salt, pepper and mixed herbs. Ensure turkey is evenly coated. Close skin with skewers or kitchen twine, and tie drumsticks together.
Place turkey on a wire rack in a medium roasting pan. Add white wine into the roasting pan and drizzle oil all over before covering it with foil.
Roast turkey for 2 hours at 175°c. After 2 hours, remove the foil and roast in the oven for another 1 hour, until golden brown.
Remove from oven when turkey reaches a nice golden brown, place on platter, and allow the turkey to stand for 1 hour before carving.

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