Prep:  40 minutes
Cook:  3.5 - 4.5 hours (plus resting time)
Serves:  6-8
Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
Recipe by: Steggles
For a traditional Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, this brined roast turkey is a must try. With a beautiful mix of aromatic flavours, this dish will definitely be a festive favourite.

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Traditional Brined Roast Turkey
  1. To prepare the brine, dissolve the salt in 1 litre of boiling water in a large vessel. Add remaining 4 litres of water, and toss in the aromatics. Leave to cool
  2. Take the turkey out of the wrapping, remove the neck from the cavity and cut away any large bits of skin near cavity opening
  3. When the brine is lukewarm, slowly lower the turkey in. If it looks like it will overflow just carefully remove some liquid with a cup. Ensure the vessel is as full as it can be to ensure proper coverage. Place in the fridge overnight
  4. When it is time to cook the turkey, remove it from the brine, rinse well, and pat dry with paper towels. Preheat the oven at 160°C
  5. Place a whole lemon and a bunch of thyme in the turkey’s cavity, and pop it in the oven. Cook it half an hour per 500 grams
  6. When cooked, rest for 15-20 minutes covered in foil, before carving at the table
Tips & Hints:
  • You can add any aromatics you like to your brine:
  • Chopped carrot, celery, onion, bay leaves, fennel seeds, and peppercorns
  • Onion, sage, garlic, mustard seeds, and parsley
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