Novelli roast turkey

roast turkey with toasted hazelnut and pancetta stuffing

What to do

  • Make the stuffing in advance and allow it to cool.
  • To cook the turkey, preheat oven to Gas 5, 190°C, fan170°C. Remove the giblets and reserve for the gravy.
  • Place the onion and herbs inside the bird. Pack the stuffing into the neck end of the bird only or place in an ovenproof dish and cook separately later on. Sit the turkey in a large roasting tray – on a rack if possible.
  • Season the bird all over, cover with a single layer of foil and seal loosely around the edge of the tin. Roast in the oven according to the time shown on the packaging and the chart below – including time for the stuffing, a bird this size will take about 3 hours 50 minutes.
  • Baste the bird halfway through cooking with the pan juices. Uncover the turkey for the last 30-40 minutes of cooking to brown it.
  • To test if the bird is cooked, carefully insert a skewer in the thickest part of the thigh. If the juices run clear, the turkey is properly cooked; if not, return it to the oven for a further 15 minutes or so.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and lift it onto a serving dish, carefully draining as much juice as possible back into the roasting tray.
  • Cover the turkey completely with foil and a clean tea towel. This will make the
    flesh moist, tender and easier to carve and also allows you space in your oven to cook the potatoes and stuffing. The turkey can sit happily covered like this for up
    to an hour.

Turkey roasting times

  • Thawing times are for in the refrigerator. Ensure the bird is completely defrosted prior to cooking. Cooking times are approximate, please see label for details.
  • To test if the turkey is cooked, place a skewer into the thickest part of the leg. If the juices coming out are clear, then the turkey is cooked.
  • It’s important to stuff and then weigh your turkey to arrive at the right cooking time. If your scales are not large enough, note the weight of your turkey from when bought and then weigh your sausage meat and any other stuffing before filling. Add all these weights together to give you the total weight of your stuffed turkey. Check the packaging of your turkey for cooking times and instructions which will cover a wide selection of weights. Don’t forget to include the weight of the stuffing as this will add to the cooking time.
Turkey roasting times
Turkey Thaw approx Cooking (Gas 5, 190°C, fan170°C) Servings
3·5kg (8lb) 16 hours 2hr 45mins 4-6
5kg (11lb) 21 hours 3hr 15mins 6-10
6·4kg (14lb) 28 hours 4hr 10-15
9kg (20lb) 38 hours 4hr 40mins 15 plus
  • Cost per serving: £2·52
  • Serves: 8 + leftovers
  • Takes: 15mins + 3hrs 50mins cooking time


  • 5·5kg (11lb) oven-ready turkey with giblets
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • small handful of fresh thyme
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper

Each serving contains

Recipe GDA

of your guideline daily amount

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Novelli tip
For a unique taste sensation try pushing 8 teaspoons of Finest mincemeat under the turkey skin before roasting. The suet helps baste it and the sweet flavours from the fruit and spice are delicious.

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