1 x 6.5kg turkey, giblets removed
Salt and black pepper
Inside flavourings of choice (for ways to make it your own, click here)
300g butter, softened
Olive oil, to drizzle
Preheat the oven to 220˚C/200˚C fan/gas mark 7. Lift the loose skin at the tail end of the turkey and remove the bag of giblets. Season the cavity of the turkey generously with salt and pepper and push your flavourings of choice inside.Place the bird in a large roasting tin, breast-side up. Use your hands to loosen the skin from the breast meat, being careful not to tear the skin. Repeat with the skin on the legs, working from the lower side of the breast out towards the leg. Rub half of the butter in under the skin. Tie the legs together with a bit of twine – this is called trussing.
Melt the remaining butter and brush it over the outside of the skin.
Season well with salt and pepper, then drizzle with a little olive oil.
Pull the loose skin at the tail end of the turkey back up so that it covers the cavity opening as much as possible. Use a toothpick to secure it if necessary. Tent the turkey loosely with foil and roast for one hour and 45 minutes without opening the oven.
Remove the foil and cook for another hour or until a thermometer registers the internal temperature at 75˚C and the juices run clear.
Transfer the turkey to a plate and tent loosely with foil. Allow to rest in a warm place for at least 20 minutes before carving. The turkey will release juices while it’s resting; add these to your gravy. Carve the turkey and serve.
Per Serving 446kcals, 23.1g fat (11.7g saturated), 0.1g carbs, 0g sugars, 56.3g protein, 0g fibre, 0.424g sodium
Use the giblets to make a flavoursome turkey stock, perfect for making the gravy! Here’s a guide on how to do it.