Roasted Turkey with Lemon Grass Stuffing


This is an Asian style of cooking the turkey

Serving size: Serves 4
Cooking time: More than 2 hours


250g sea salt
200g sugar
6 bay leaves
1 tbsp whole peppercorns
1 litre hot water
7 litres cold water
4kg turkey
125g softened butter
Salt and white pepper
2 cups white wine
1 cup chicken stock
125g softened butter
1 onion, diced finely
½ cup parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme (or lemon thyme)leaves
1 tbsp lime zest
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
250g fresh breadcrumbs
2 eggs
150g macadamia nuts, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, chopped finely



Step 1 Make brine Place salt, sugar, bay leaves and peppercorns in jug with 1 litre hot water. Stir to dissolve. Refrigerate until cool. Add cooled liquid to 7 litres cold water in saucepan. Place turkey in brine, cover with tea towel or lid and refrigerate for 24 hours. Two hours before roasting, remove turkey from brine and pat dry with paper towel. Return to fridge until ready to stuff.

Step 2 Make stuffing Melt butter in frying pan and add onions, parsley and thyme. Gently fry until onion is softened, then tip into bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate to cool. Spoon stuffing into turkey cavity.

Step 3 Prepare turkey Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Place turkey on wire rack in baking dish and rub all over with softened butter. Season well with salt and white pepper. Pour wine and stock into dish and cover turkey breast with foil. Roast for 1 hour, basting frequently. Remove foil and continue cooking for another 30 minutes until golden brown. Continue
to baste – add more stock if required. Test turkey for doneness by piercing the thigh with metal skewer. If juices run clear,
turkey is cooked.

Step 4 Remove from oven, cover for 10 minutes to rest, then carve.

To make a simple gravy…

Drain off any excess pan juices. Place baking dish over medium heat and scrape bottom of pan to loosen any baked-on bits. Add about 2 cups of stock (or vegetable water) and a dash of wine if you like. Dissolve 2 tbsp of cornflour in a little cold water, then slowly add to gravy, whisking to prevent any lumps. Stir over low heat until sauce thickens to your liking. Add salt and pepper if needed.

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