Christmas turkey recipe tips

The prosecco is poured, the place settings look great, the crackers have been pulled and guests are waiting for the main event as you present the Christmas turkey.

You’ve followed your traditional Christmas turkey recipes. Now everyone is counting on you to deliver.

The pressure to produce a fantastic festive roast can all be too much.

Thankfully we have our own festive Chef, Vlad Kruus to share his best Christmas turkey recipes and tips to lend a helping hand.

Vlad is Head Chef at the Metro Bar and Brasserie at Apex Grassmarket Hotel. He has more than 14 years’ experience as a chef, working for the likes of Radisson Blu and Edinburgh’s Tigerlily as well as Apex Hotels, and is highly skilled when it comes to creating fabulous turkey recipes for a festive dinner.

Turkey Christmas Recipe

Here he shares his top Christmas turkey recipe:

Even the best turkey recipes for Christmas dinner can leave the meat dry. So buy good quality individual breasts from your butcher. This gives you much more control, and keeps the meat moist and tender, following the steps below:

  • Season the meat with salt and pepper, then sear in a hot pan until golden on all sides
  • Take some aluminium foil, lay two sheets, one on top of the other in a vertical line, then another sheet on top of that going in a horizontal direction, like the base of a cube – all shiny side up
  • Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top, then place the turkey breasts in the middle of the parchment
  • Dice some carrots, onions and celery, add some rosemary and thyme and fry for 10-15 minutes
  • Place the vegetables on top of the turkey, then wrap them up inside a Cornish pasty-style parcel with the foil. Squeeze tight to keep all the air inside (Mary Berry also recommends this!)
  • Add a little water to the bottom of an oven tray. Place the parcel on top, and cook at 175 degrees Celsius for 1-1.5hrs
  • Remove from the tray and serve with all the traditional trimmings
  • Plating-up individual portions also saves any debate about who will carve, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your handiwork.