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Traditional roast turkey

Points® value
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
30 min
2 hr 15 min
Classic with a capital C, you don’t want to muck around with tricks and trends. This simple yet sensational roast turkey has your name all over it



1 medium, white part only, thinly sliced


1 large, thinly sliced

Olive Oil

2 teaspoon(s)


2 clove(s), crushed

Wholemeal bread, sliced

140 g, whizzed into breadcrumbs

Flaked almonds

1 serving(s)


1 medium


2 zest(s) of 1, plus wedges to serve

Lemon Juice, Fresh

2 tablespoon(s)

Tarragon, fresh

20 g, coarsely chopped, plus about 6 sprigs

Whole Turkey (weighed with bone), raw

1400 g, Buy 1 x 3.5kg whole turkey

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Plain White Flour

2 tablespoon(s), level

Chicken stock cube(s)

1 cube(s), 375ml chicken stock

Wholegrain Mustard

2 tablespoon(s), level


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. To make the stuffing, place a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat and pour in the oil. Fry the the leek and onion for 5 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to a large bowl with the breadcrumbs, almonds, lemon zest and tarragon. Season and toss to combine.
  2. Discard the neck and giblets from inside the turkey, then spoon the stuffing into the cavity. Using your fingers, carefully loosen the skin from the flesh over the breast and tuck the lemon slices and tarragon sprigs under it. Tie the legs together with kitchen string.
  3. Place the turkey, breast-side up, in a large ovenproof baking dish. Mist with cooking spray and loosely cover with foil. Bake for 1½ hours, basting with the juices every 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 30 minutes more or until golden brown and cooked through (the juices should run clear when you pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer). Transfer to a plate, loosely cover with foil and set aside for 20 minutes to rest before carving.
  4. To make the gravy, drain the excess fat from the baking dish, leaving 2 tbsp juices in the pan. Stir in the flour to combine, until smooth. Place the dish over a medium heat and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in the stock, lemon juice and mustard. Return the gravy to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring, until it thickens. Simmer for 2 minutes. Carve the turkey and serve with stuffing, gravy and lemon wedges on the side.