Dominic's roast Bronze turkey with all the trimmings

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  • 6
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Roast turkey is always absolutely delicious at Christmas. First steamed with aromatics, then roasted until the skin is crisp, this roast turkey recipe results in a bird that is beautifully tender, moist and full of flavour. As well as apricot stuffing, serve cranberry and bread sauce with the turkey, along with plenty of beautiful vegetables and roast potatoes with lots of gravy. The cranberry sauce recipe Dominic Chapman shares is generous, but always used up the following day with the cold cuts.

First published in 2015




Roast Bronze turkey

Roast potatoes

Buttered carrots

Apricot stuffing

Bread sauce

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 onion, studded with one clove
  • 1 tbsp of double cream
  • 250ml of milk
  • nutmeg, freshly grated to taste
  • 100g of white bread, crusts removed
  • salt
  • pepper

Cranberry sauce



Brussels sprouts


  • Fine sieve


If preferred, you can make the cranberry sauce, bread sauce and stuffing beforehand - these can also be frozen a couple of weeks ahead to save time on the day
For the cranberry sauce, place the orange juice and zest in a pan with the spices and simmer gently to reduce by half. Add the sugar and cranberries, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes so the fruit breaks down and stews. It may need another 5-10 minutes on this heat if it looks too thin
Taste for sweetness, then allow to cool before chilling in the fridge. Alternatively, place in a lidded container and freeze, then place in the fridge to defrost the night before using
For the bread sauce, place the milk and the clove-studded onion into a pan with the bay leaf. Bring gently up to a simmer, then pass through a sieve onto the bread
  • 1/2 onion, studded with one clove
  • 250ml of milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100g of white bread, crusts removed
Stir until the bread softens, then add the cream, nutmeg and seasoning. Leave to cool, then chill in the fridge. Alternatively, freeze in a lidded container, then remove and allow to defrost in the fridge the night before serving
To prepare the stuffing, add the apricots, brandy and a splash of water to the pan, then bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, leave to soak until softened, then drain off the liquid. Dice the apricots and place in a bowl
Add all of the remaining stuffing ingredients to the bowl with the apricots, correct the seasoning and chill in the fridge. Alternatively, freeze as you did with the sauces and defrost thoroughly in the fridge the day before using
To cook the turkey, preheat the oven to 210°C/gas mark 7. 20 minutes before cooking, bring the stuffing out of the fridge to come up to room temperature
Season the turkey well inside and out. Fill the cavity with the prepared stuffing and place the stuffed turkey into a roasting tray. Spread the softened butter over the entire bird and cover with pancetta
Arrange the onions, leeks, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and bay around the turkey. Pour 1 litre of water into the roasting tray
Wrap the entire tray with foil, making sure the tin foil is tightly covering the turkey and roasting tray - this will allow the turkey to gently steam in the oven
Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 170°C/gas mark 3 and continue cooking for another 2 hours
For the last 30 minutes of cooking time, remove the tin foil from the turkey and peel off the bacon. Increase the temperature to 200°C/gas mark 6 and roast until the skin of the turkey is golden brown and crisp
To prepare the potatoes, peel and cut into quarters. Place them into a bowl under running water for 5 minutes to remove excess starch. Cover the potatoes with fresh water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil
Cook until the potatoes are almost breaking apart, then drain carefully and leave to steam and cool. Pour oil into a roasting tray and place in the oven to heat up
Once the turkey has roasted, remove from the oven (reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/gas mark 4) and allow to rest for 45 minutes - this will ensure the bird retains its juices and stays moist
Add the potatoes to the roasting tray in a single layer and place the tray back in the oven until golden brown and crisp, turning every 20 minutes
Meanwhile, in a pot large enough to hold a single layer of carrots, melt the butter. Add carrots, thyme and bay and place a lid on the pan, then cook over a low heat until tender - making sure it stays at a gentle simmer and adding a splash of water if the butter gets a little hot. Do not allow the carrots to fry
To prepare the pigs in blankets, wrap each sausage in a rasher of bacon and cook in the oven until golden brown
To prepare the gravy, pour all of the excess fat from the turkey roasting tray into a pan, then add the carrots, celery, onion and thyme and cook until caramelised. Add the red wine and reduce, followed by the aromatics, chicken and veal stock. Reduce by two thirds
Pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan and return to the stove. Bring to the boil, correct the seasoning and whisk 50g butter into the gravy
Peel the outer leaves from the sprouts and criss-cross the bottom of each one. Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain. Heat a generous knob of butter in a large pan and add the sprouts, stirring to caramelise lightly and coat in the butter. Season well and set aside until ready to serve
To serve, carve the turkey and serve with the stuffing, roast potatoes, buttered carrots, buttered sprouts, cranberry sauce, bread sauce and gravy
First published in 2015

Dominic Chapman's passion for food is in the blood: his family has owned and run the highly acclaimed Castle Hotel in Taunton for over 60 years.

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