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Roasted Turkey

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Author Diana


  • 1 whole turkey
  • 100 g soft butter
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 1/4 cup roasting herbs
  • olive oil


  • Start defrosting the turkey one day before cooking by placing it in the fridge.
  • Stuff the turkey with white onion wedges, garlic cloves, lemon slices and a mixture of roasting herbs.
  • Prepare butter and herbs mixture by mixing butter, parsley, minced garlic, ground black pepper, salt, olive oil and zest of half a lemon.
  • Carefully detach the skin of the turkey and insert the butter and herbs mixture between the skin and meat.
  • Rub the turkey with the remaining butter mixture.
  • Preheat oven and grease the roasting tray with olive oil.
  • Roast for 20 minutes on 220C.
  • Take the turkey out of the oven, and using a spoon take the liquids from the bottom of the tray and pour over the turkey.
  • Hint: cover the turkey breast with foil paper (foil should be shaped into a triangle) to prevent it from burning.
  • Return the turkey to the oven for two and a half hours and bake it on 180C.
  • Take the turkey out and check the temperature using Thermapen at the thickest part (breast) to see if it is fully cooked. The temperature should be around (79C).
  • When the temperature reaches its target, the turkey has been cooked thoroughly and is now ready to be served!