Another Simple Christmas Turkey Roast Dinner Recipe

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  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 lbs ready-to-cook weight)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • Melted fat


  • If the turkey is frozen, thaw according to package instructions
  • Set out a shallow roast pan with rack
  • Clean turkey (cut off neck at the body leaving only the skin) by rinsing and draining the body and patting it dry with paper towels.
  • Prepare your stuffing
  • Rub turkey cavity with salt
  • Lightly fill the body and neck cavities with stuffing
  • Close turkey body by sewing, lacing, or skewering. Fasten the neck skin of the turkey to the turkey’s back with a skewer. Tie the drumsticks to the tail. Bring the wing tips onto the back of the turkey.
  • Brush the skin thoroughly with melted fat.
  • Place turkey on the rack inside the roasting pan with the breast-side down
  • Place a roast meat thermometer in the centre of the inside thigh muscle. When done the meat thermometer should register 100 Celcius.
  • Place a fat-moistened cheesecloth over top and sides of turkey. Keep the cloth moist during roasting by occasionally brushing with fat from the bottom of the pan.
  • Roast uncovered at 170 Celsius for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until the turkey is done (the thickest part of the drumstick feels soft when pressed with your fingers – protect fingers with a cloth or napkin when testing).
  • Remove the turkey from the oven.
  • Remove the meat thermometer and keep the turkey hot until served.
  • Allow 20 minutes of standing time before serving (this makes it easier to carve the turkey and allows time for any last minute preparations
  • Remove and cords or skewers and serve on a heated platter


  • Hey, I was reading your post and I just wanted to thank you for putting out such excellent content. There’s so much junk on the internet these days its hard to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, and it turned out quite nice! I’m very eager to try your variation of it though, it looks fantastic. Thanks for the article and tips.

  • I have a similar thermometer which was my keepsake for my first journey to the US. I didn’t understand that we have to place it to the chicken while it is cooking until I saw it being used in a movie.

  • I’ve invited the whole family round this xmas for a big dinner, so the roast is pretty central to that.. I found an archive of ideas at this roast recipe site, but cant seem to decide on one – there’s too many to choose from! It’s fun planning such a big christmas dinner though!

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