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baste Stuffed Turkey   baste

Here is a recipe that uses 'baste' to get you started.
A treat for special occasions only, unless you own a turkey farm!

*Stuffed Turkey*

It isn't difficult to prepare and cook a delicious turkey. Follow my step by step guide for stuffing and trussing a turkey and surprise family or friends with this feast.

Helpful hints before you begin:

  • Defrost the turkey completely before you begin stuffing and trussing.

  • Remove the neck and giblets before stuffing.

  • Don't stuff the turkey until just before cooking.

  • Don't overstuff or the skin may burst during cooking.

  • Watch it carefully during cooking, cover parts of the turkey with foil or greaseproof paper if they are getting too brown.

  • Don't speed up cooking time by increasing the temperature, the turkey will brown on the outside but still be uncooked in the middle.

  • Allow the turkey to stand for 30 minutes after it comes out of the oven. This makes it easier to carve and keeps the meat juicier.

What you need: A size 40 (4 kg) turkey (will serve 8 people), 1 quantity stuffing - you can buy this at your local supermarket or use your own fresh herbs, melted butter, oil or margarine, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 1 >>> Prepare stuffing ingredients according to recipe. Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2 >>> Wipe the turkey inside and out with a damp absorbent paper and dry well. Spoon some of the stuffing into the body cavity of the turkey. Stuff the crop, or neck end of the bird, take care that the stuffing is not too tightly packed as it will expand during cooking and the skin may split. Press the outside of the bird gently with your hands to give a good shape.

Step 3 >>> Place the turkey, breast side down on a wooden board. Pull the loose neck skin over the neck cavity and secure with a small skewer, securing the wing tips to the body at the same time. Tie the legs together firmly with string so they lie close to the body.

Step 4 >>> Place the turkey on a rack over a large baking dish. Brush the turkey with melted butter, margarine or oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook in a moderate oven (180°C) until tender and cooked. This will take about 3 to 31/2 hours. Make sure you baste the turkey frequently with the pan juices during cooking. Cover any parts of the turkey that may be getting too brown with foil or greaseproof paper.

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