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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Turkey For Christmas

Have you ever wonder what will be your preparations for the Christmas Eve? Think about a turkey, it is always present during Christmas and Thanksgiving celebration. Check this out and see what do you think...How about prepare a Christmas Turkey and Gravy and match it with Red Wine or Cranberry Juice? I would say it is a perfect idea and requires less work and budget. Don't worry I have prepared a healthy recipe for you. Be the host and enjoy your Christmas eve with your loved ones. Happy Turkey Christmas!

Christmas Turkey


6.3kg turkey
6 tbsp vegetable oil
125g butter
1 lemon, halved
1 pack fresh rosemary
salt and freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Remove the giblets from the turkey. Rub oil on the outside of the bird and season well.

2. Place the butter, lemon and whole herbs in the cavity. Cook the bird breast-side down for 15 minutes, and then turn the oven down to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Cook for 3 1/2 hours, turning bird the right side up after 2 hours.

3. Test the turkey with a skewer in the leg joint. If blood comes out, give it another 20 minutes. If clear juices run out, it's cooked. Remove from the pan, wrap in foil and rest for 20 minutes while you make your gravy.

Turkey Gravy


turkey neck and giblets
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
2 bay leaves few sprigs fresh thyme
3 tbsp plain flour
gravy browning
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Place the turkey neck and giblets in a saucepan with the vegetables, herbs and 600ml cold water. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve.

2. To make the gravy, pour 3 tbsp fatty juices from the turkey roasting tin into a pan and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, for about 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.

3. Pour in the giblet stock and 150ml turkey juices (or wine) and bring to the boil, stirring. Add a llittle gravy browning, season to taste and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.


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Healthdomain said...

Nice article. I hope to start cooking such delicious meals soon

Losing Fat said...

Um, I am on a diet - this wasn't very nice to read ;) I am on a strictly chicken diet - no turkey...but I can always dream about it. It is okay though, I decided to start my diet after Thanksgiving and had all those great things you talked about.

BTW, nice blog.

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Winton Bates said...

I had not previously thought of red wine with turkey. It makes sense, though, if the wine is not too heavy and (preferably) chilled.

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