Roast Turkey with Mushroom and Macadamia Stuffing

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 3 hours plus

Serves: 6

 

6kilo fresh turkey, cleaned

2 tblspn olive oil

40 gm butter, melted

Mushroom and Macadamia Stuffing

50gm butter

500g cup mushrooms, trimmed, chopped

cup raisins

4 rashers rind less bacon, chopped

7 cups white breadcrumbs, made from day-old bread

cup roasted macadamia nuts, chopped

8 spring onions, thinly sliced

1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

To make the stuffing:

Melt the butter in a large non-stick fry pan over high heat.

Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes until mushrooms are tender.

Transfer mushroom and butter mixture to a large bowl, stir in the raisins and set aside to cool.

Add the bacon to the hot frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until light golden.

Add mushrooms with the breadcrumbs, macadamia nuts, spring onions and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined (stuffing should hold together when squeezed in your hand).

Preheat oven 180C. Fill the upper and lower turkey cavities with the stuffing. Tie the turkey

legs together with string. Combine the oil and butter, using half; brush both sides of the turkey. Place breast side up on a roasting rack in roasting pan. Cover with non-stick baking paper, then foil, tucking the foil around the edges of the pan to seal.

 

Roast for 1 hour. Uncover and baste with remaining butter mixture. Re-cover and roast for a further 1 1/2 hours. Remove the foil and baking paper, baste the turkey with the pan juices and roast, uncovered, for a further 25-30 minutes or until golden and just cooked through (juices should run clear when the turkey thigh is pierced with a skewer.) Cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 20 minutes.

 

You can halved the stuffing recipe above and use to stuff two 1.8kg chickens