Prepare the centerpiece to your Christmas dinner with this delicious roast turkey recipe. Filled with hearty kumquat and pistachio stuffing and flavourful cumberland sauce, this is the dish to complete your feast.
- 6 kg free-range turkey (bring to room temperature)
- ¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp plain flour
- 2 extra-large oven bags
- 2 tbsps verjuice
- 1 tbsp vino cotto (see tip below)
KUMQUAT PISTACHIO STUFFING
- 90 g dried kumquat
- ¼ cup (60 ml) verjuice
- 1 cup (250 ml) extra virgin olive oil
- 500 g free-range chicken livers, sinew removed
- 3 medium (500 g) brown onions, chopped
- ¼ cup rosemary leaves, chopped
- 3 cups (200 g) coarse fresh breadcrumbs
- ⅓ cup fresh lemon thyme, chopped
- 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- ½ cup (70 g) pistachios, chopped
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 oranges
- 2 lemons
- ⅓ cup (110 g) redcurrant jelly
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ cup (125 ml) tawny (port)
- ½ cup (125 ml) horseradish cream
CUMBERLAND SAUCE Finely grate the rind from the oranges and lemons. Squeeze the oranges and lemons separately. You will need 100 ml orange juice and ⅓ cup (80 ml) lemon juice. Place the rinds and juices, jelly, mustard, ginger and port in a saucepan.
Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring, then cook for 20 mins or until it thickens a little. Cool completely, then stir in the horseradish cream. Transfer to a bowl; cover, refrigerate until needed or store in a sterilized jar in the fridge for up to 1 week. (Makes about 1¼ cups or 310 ml).
KUMQUAT AND PISTACHIO STUFFING Place the kumquats in a bowl with verjuice; stand for 30 mins. Heat 2 tbsps of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Seal the chicken livers on each side for only a couple of seconds. Remove from the pan and place on a plate to cool. Chop coarsely.
Heat the remaining oil in cleaned frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring, until caramelised and soft. Add the rosemary; cook for a further 2 to 3 mins. Remove from the heart.
In a large bowl, place kumquats, liver and all the ingredients. Stir in enough remaining oil to just bring the stuffing together. Season.
Preheat oven to 170 C (150 C fan-forced). Fill the turkey cavity with the stuffing mixture. Fold the wings under the body and then tie the legs together with kitchen string. Mix together 1 tablespoon sea salt flakes, 1 tbsp verjuice and 2 tbsps of the oil; rub all over turkey.
Place flour in oven bag; shake to distribute flour throughout the bag. Slide turkey into the bag to coat with flour. Tie the end of the bag with kitchen string and slip in into another oven bag, seal this too. Place turkey in a large roasting pan; roast for 1½ hours or until golden and cooked through (internal temperature must reach 62 C).
Remove the turkey from the oven. Cut a corner off the oven bag, then carefully pour all the juices and fat into the tallest, thinnest jug you have (so you have the smallest surface area) to accelerate the fat setting. Place the jug in the fridge to chill so that the fat will separate from the juice.
Place the piping-hot turkey, breast-side down, in the pan. Leave turkey to rest for up to 1 hour with the torn oven bag or a sheet of foil loosely covering it; it will retain its heat in this time.
If the turkey is not golden brown, remove it from the oven bag and place it in the roasting pan breast-side up. Increase the oven temperature to 200 C. Brush with combined remaining verjuice, olive oil and vino cotto. Roast turkey for 10 mins or until golden all over.
Once the fat has set, scoop it from the jug and discard. Place the juices in a small saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat; simmer for 10 mins or until reduced by half. Strain and keep warm until ready to serve.
Serve the turkey and stuffing with the pan juices and Cumberland Sauce.
Tip: Vino Cotto is made from grape must and is a sweet, aromatic, velvety syrup. You can buy the Maggie Beer Vino Cotto from Little Farms supermarkets, or use a thicker balsamic vinegar as an alternative.