Orange and Smoky Bacon Roast Turkey

Orange and Smoky Bacon Roast Turkey

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

Ingredients (Serves 8)

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

Orange and Bacon Baste:

  • 200 grams butter or Flora
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsps of Colman's Mild mustard
  • 3 smoked bacon rashers finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley and thyme
  • black pepper

Method

  • 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).

 
              

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