How To: Cook A Succulent Christmas Turkey

Succulent turkey
My second attempt at cooking turkey, after learning to cover with foil to avoid burnt skin

Merry Christmas Eve to you! 🎄

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas Eve, make sure it’s distracting you from this Covid Tier 4 thing…

Anyway, back to the post!

Turkeys are the meat everybody loves or just about likes, there’s no in between. Either it’s the driest thing in the world, or just okay (excluding the trimmings).

I’m sure you’ll all agree that the trimmings, together with cranberry sauce and Yorkshire puddings are what makes a Christmas dinner great!

Well, what if I was to tell you that you can make a delicious Christmas turkey? It starts today… On Christmas Eve!

Preparing a succulent Christmas turkey

In order to make a turkey succulent, baste it in butter all over (both inside and out, getting under the skin too). Once done, leave it on the kitchen counter overnight so the butter melts, and the turkey defrosts.

When you wake up on Christmas Day, you can add extra butter to it in the morning (if you prefer it super succulent &/or a raised cholesterol 😂) – but this is entirely optional. Follow this up by adding your chosen seasoning.

I’ve tried everything from honey roasted (my version above)to orange & maple (my version below) – no joke!

Succulent turkey
I should’ve covered this with foil, as some of the skin burnt. (This was my first attempt)

As soon as you’re ready to cook, pop it in the oven for as long as it needs (depending on the size of your turkey)… Ask Alexa, Siri or Google about this if you’re unsure.

Okay, so, now for the hack which is annoying AF but pays off… Get it out every 15mins and spoon the excess butter from the base of the cooking tray, and pour it over the turkey for extra succulence each time. Get it all over. In all the nooks and crannies.

One thing I can promise you, you will definitely notice the difference… You might actually LOVE IT.

Let me know if you’ve tried this, or if you’ve got any other tips.

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