Orange and Smoky Bacon Roast Turkey Recipe

Orange and Smoky Bacon Roast Turkey Recipe

A Colman’s Roast Turkey for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas. What does your roast say?

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 4.5-5 hours

Ingredients (Serves 8+)

5.4-6.5 kg (12-14 lb) oven-ready turkey

Orange and Bacon Baste:
200g butter or Flora
Zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons of Colman’s Mild Mustard
3 Smoked bacon rashers, finely choppedm
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley and thyme
Black pepper

Why not serve with the traditional favourite side dish: a delicious Colman’s Cauliflower Cheese?

Preheat the oven to 220°C, 425°F fan oven, Gas Mark 7.

Carefully loosen the skin over the turkey breasts.

Mix together all the ingredients for the baste and spread under the skin over the breast.

Place the turkey in a large roasting dish and cover with foil.

Cook in the preheated oven (220°C, 425°F, Gas 7) for 40 minutes then reduce the heat to 170°C, 325°F, Gas 3 and cook for a further 3-3½ hours.

Remove the foil, baste well, and increase the oven temperature to 200°C, 400°F, Gas 6 and cook for a further 30-45 minutes until well browned and thoroughly cooked through.

Transfer to a large serving plate, cover loosely with foil and leave to stand for up to 45 minutes (to relax the meat and make carving easier).