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Roast Turkey

Preparation Time30 minutes
Cook Time2 hr 30 minutes


1 cup salt
1 cup sugar
4 kg turkey
1 bunch thyme
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, halved
80g unsalted butter, meltedSea salt and black pepper


Brining a turkey helps to keep the meat juicy and imparts flavour because it seasons the meat all the way through to the centre of the bird, making for a much tastier turkey.

To make the brine, place the salt, sugar and 500ml of boiling water in a stock pot large enough to fit the turkey. Allow the sugar and salt to dissolve then add 4 litres of cold water. Place the turkey in the brine, breast-side-down, cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.

Preheat oven to 160°C Fan.

Remove the turkey from the brine (discard) and pat dry with paper towel. Place the turkey in a large roasting tray. Place the thyme, lemons and garlic inside the turkey. Tie the legs together and fold the wing tips under. Brush the turkey all over with butter and season the skin with salt and pepper. Roast for 2 ½ hours, basting with butter every 20 minutes or so. The turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 75°C. Cover turkey loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

Recipe, Food Styling and Photography by Karen McFarlane, foodlove.com.au