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Christmas Turkey Recipe

For the main event, try this delicious Christmas turkey recipe complete with nutty stuffing and cranberry wine gravy.

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Prep Time: 30
Cook Time: 1 hour 30minutes
Serves: 6
Great for:  Kids 2-4 Years Kids 4+ Years Family
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2kg roasting turkey (or chicken)
½ onion
Fresh bay leaves
Fresh sage
Fresh thyme


150ml olive oil
2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
1 apple, peeled and grated
100g butternut squash, peeled and grated
270g fresh white breadcrumbs
40g pecans, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp fresh sage
1 tbsp chives


2 ½ tbsp flour
140ml white wine
500ml good strong chicken stock
1 tbsp cranberry jelly
A few drops Worcestershire Sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C / 180C Fan / 400 F / Gas Mark 6.
  2. Stuff the turkey cavity with half an onion, some fresh bay leaves and some sprigs of sage and thyme.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours, basting occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the stuffing. Heat 1 ½ tbsp of the oil and saute the onions for 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Add the apple and butternut squash and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Combine with the remaining ingredients and season, then stir in the remaining oil and shape into 16 balls.
  7. Arrange the balls on a greased baking sheet and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and lightly crispy in the outside.
  8. To make the gravy, strain some of the fat from the roasting tin. Put the fat into a saucepan.
  9. Add the flour and whisk in the wine, chicken stock, cranberry jelly and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk until thickened.
  10. Deglaze the roasting tin with 100ml water and add to the gravy.

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