Turkey, cranberries, roast potatoes, gravy…. it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without them.
As simple as this turkey recipe seems, glazed with our beautiful vincotto, we’ll also wager it’ll be the tastiest Christmas turkey you’ve ever tried.
Preheat oven to 170C. Truss the turkey drumsticks together tightly using butcher’s twine. Place turkey into a large roasting tray, add a little water (around 1cm) to the bottom of the tray, cover with a layer of baking paper, then seal with foil. Roast for 30 minutes per 500g of turkey weight.
Cook freekeh in a large pot of unsalted water until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Carefully peel shallots, and simmer whole in the chicken stock for 30 minutes. Remove shallots from pot, reserving the stock for the gravy.
Trim crusts from sourdough and cut bread into 1cm cubes. Place on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil, tossing the bread until oil is evenly distributed. Roast bread in the oven until golden- approximately 20 minutes.
Chop chestnuts into chunks and fry in 1.5tbsp extra virgin olive oil until browned all over.
Combine cooked freekeh, toasted bread, braised onions, fried chestnuts (and any remaining oil in the pan), dried cranberries and flat leaf parsley in a bowl. Dress with a little more olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.
When initial cooking time is done, take turkey from the oven, remove the baking paper and foil and discard. Spoon stuffing into cavity, taking care not to overfill (any remaining stuffing can be served on the side later).
Pour vincotto into a bowl and, using a pastry brush, apply a thick layer to the skin of the turkey. Return turkey to the oven. Roast for a further 45 minutes, brushing with vincotto every 15 minutes.
When cooked, carefully remove turkey from roasting tray and transfer to a platter or chopping board.
Drain any liquid in the turkey cavity into the roasting tray (taking care not to lose any stuffing), then strain all the tray’s liquid into a saucepan. Add the onion-infused stock to the pan and bring to a simmer, cooking until reduced by 1/3.
Mix cornflour in a small bowl with two tablespoons of water. Add cornflour mix to saucepan and continue to simmer until thickened.