Recipe

Herbed butter roast turkey with prosciutto and pear stuffing

The contrast of salty and sweet in the pear and proscuitto stuffing adds great depth of flavour to this roast turkey with herbed butter.

  • Serves 12
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 3 hrs 45 mins cooking
herbed butter roast turkey with prosciutto and pear stuffing

Ingredients

Prosciutto and pear stuffing
  • 60 gram butter
  • 1 small leek (200g), sliced thinly
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 8 slice prosciutto (120g), chopped finely
  • 2 cup (140g) stale breadcrumbs
  • 1 small pear (180g), chopped finely
Herbed butter
  • 125 gram butter, softened
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Roast turkey
  • 5 kilogram whole turkey
  • cooking-oil spray
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 cup (500ml) chicken stock

Method

Herbed butter roast turkey with prosciutto and pear stuffing
  • 1
    Make stuffing: heat butter in medium frying pan; cook leek, garlic and prosciutto, stirring, until leek is tender. Stir in breadcrumbs; cook, stirring, about 2 minutes or until toasted lightly. Remove from heat, stir in pear; season to taste, cool.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, make herbed butter: Combine ingredients in small bowl.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Discard neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey under cold water, pat dry inside and out with absorbent paper. Tuck wings under body. Gentle loosen skin over breast and tops of legs using fingers or the handle of a wooden spoon (do not puncture skin). Push herb butter under skin of turkey, being careful not to break skin.
  • 4
    Fill turkey cavity with stuffing. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Place a wire rack in large baking dish. Place turkey on rack, tucking neck flap under body; spray with oil, cover with foil. Roast 2 hours. Remove foil; roast 40 minutes, basting occasionally with pan juices, or until juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer.
  • 5
    Transfer turkey to serving platter; cover loosely with foil. Stand 15 minutes.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, make gravy by skimming fat from pan drippings, leaving 2 tablespoons of drippings in dish. Place dish over high heat, add flour; cook, stirring, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Gradually stir in stock; stir until mixture boils and thickens. Strain into serving jug. Serve gravy with sliced turkey.

Notes

Serve with roasted pumpkin and red onion.

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