Recipe: Best roast turkey

Spending Christmas at home in Dubai this year? We’ve got the best roast turkey recipe for you and your loved ones to enjoy…

Best roast turkey

  • Serves: 6 with leftovers
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 3 hours mins



  • Preheat the oven to 210°C, fan oven 200°C,
  • Work the skin away from the flesh of the bird and rub the 100g butter between the skin and the flesh, being careful not to tear the skin.
  • Rub any remaining butter over the skin of the bird.
  • Season with salt pepper.
  • Set the bird on top of the onions and carrots and cook for 30 mins to allow the skin to colour.
  • Melt the remaining 100g butter in a pan and add the rosemary and thyme.
  • Reduce the temperature to 130°c, brush the turkey with the herb butter and cook until the thickest part around the neck or thigh reaches 70°C.
  • Continue basting every 45 minutes (if you use all the butter continue with the juices in the tray.This should take around 3 hours, depending on the size of the turkey.
  • Always check the thickest part when testing if it is cooked that none of the meat is pink, and the juices run clear.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.
  • Reserve the pan juices and vegetables for making the gravy.
  • Remove the vegetables and the juices from the tray, place onto a low heat stove, add 2 tablespoons of flour and mix, slowly add the juices and allow to boil helping to remove all the flavor from the tray.
  • Add the vegetables and allow to cook until you have a nice thick gravy, strain and serve.

Recipe provided by Senara restaurant and chef.

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