Take the turkey out of the fridge an hour before roasting to allow it to come to room temperature.
Weigh the turkey after you have stuffed it to work out the cooking time
For turkeys up to 8kgs allow 15–20 minutes per ½kg
For turkeys over 8kgs allow 10–15 minutes per ½kg
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7, 220°C (450°F). Cover the turkey loosely with tin foil and roast for ¾ hour then reduce the heat to Gas Mark 3, 170°C (325°F). For the last half hour remove the tin foil.
To test if the turkey is cooked, push a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh – the juices should run clear. If they are pinkish, cook for 15 minutes more, then test again. Alternatively, use a meat thermometer. This will eliminate guesswork.
When cooked transfer the turkey to a platter, cover with foil, then a couple of tea towels, and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. This will make the turkey easier to carve and it also gives you a chance to turn up the heat on the oven and finish the ham and roast potatoes.
Quick Guide to Cooking Times
These times work for full turkeys, turkey crowns and other turkey joints
Approximate Weight - Cooking Time
2kgs - 1hr 10 mins
4kgs - 2hr 20 mins
6kgs - 3hr 30 mins
8kgs - 4hr 10 mins
10kgs - 4hr 50 mins
Some quick and delicious ideas for using up leftover turkey and ham:
Add to Macaroni and Cheese to make a nutritious and filling supper that all the family will enjoy
Chop up and add to scrambled eggs and omelettes
Combine with a tin of tomatoes, some garlic and basil for a tasty pasta sauce
Cooked ham and/or turkey, spinach, cheese and eggs are a delicious combination for quiches and tarts
Use in a salad with chopped tomatoes, sliced avocado, mixed leaves and a blue cheese dressing
Toast some bread and top with sliced ham, roasted peppers, a few sprigs of thyme and a slice of cheese. Pop under the grill until the cheese is bubbling. Delicious!
Team up with a fruity chutney or stuffing to make sandwiches on St. Stephens Day
The turkey carcase and ham bone will make wonderful stock for soup.