Roast turkey with bacon smeared with mustard butter

Indulge in the delicious flavors of our Roasted Turkey with Bacon and Mustard Butter Sauce recipe. This succulent culinary delight is perfect for non-Muslims looking for a delicious dining experience. To ensure maximum juiciness, we expertly place streaky bacon under the delicate skin of our large bird. As you savor each bite, our spicy mustard sauce will tantalize your taste buds and enhance the flavor of the accompanying sauce. Brighten up your holiday feast or special occasion with this irresistible dish that promises to impress and satisfy all your cravings.

Ingredients

  • 5-5½ kg oven-ready turkey, neck and giblets removed (save these to make stock if you wish)
  • 250g pack of dry smoked streaky bacon (approx. 12 slices)
  • some mustard (optional)
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sea salt flakes
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 large sprig of thyme
  • a few bay leaves
  • Glass of dry white wine
  • Bay leaves and chopped thyme for sprinkling
  • 85g butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Preparation steps

  1. Weigh your turkey and calculate the cooking time, allowing 40 minutes per kg for the first 4kg and then 45 minutes for each kg of turkey over that weight. As a guide, a turkey of this size should take 3½-4 hours plus 30-45 minutes of resting time.
  2. To make the mustard butter, beat the butter with the mustard, thyme and some ground black pepper until soft and well blended.
  3. Gently slide your fingers under the skin of the turkey, starting at the neck, until you can slide your entire hand in along the entire length of the breast – being careful not to tear the skin.
  4. Spread the butter under the skin so that it covers the breasts.
  5. Place the streaky bacon on your work surface in 2 rectangles with 6 overlapping slices each (for extra flavor, you can brush the bacon with a little whole wheat or English mustard first) and gently push each bacon rectangle under the skin to cover and seal protect chest.
  6. This can be done the night before, but remove from the fridge for an hour before roasting to allow it to return to room temperature.
  7. On the day, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  8. Lift the turkey into a roasting pan, massage the olive oil into the skin and season well with salt and pepper.
  9. Place the onion, thyme and bay leaves in the cavity of the turkey and then pour in the wine.
  10. Cover the dish loosely with foil and roast for the calculated cooking time.
  11. For the last 30 minutes, remove the foil and pour off all the pan juices (use for the sauce; recipe under “goes with”).
  12. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6 and roast for a further 30 minutes, until the turkey is golden brown and the juices that run from the leg run clear when pierced with a skewer and have no signs of pink is.
  13. Leave to rest on a warm plate covered with foil and tea towels – this will keep it for up to 45 minutes.
  14. To serve, carve the turkey and place the meat on a hot plate and pour some hot sauce over it, or bring the whole turkey to the table garnished with herbs.
  15. To fill the platter, you can surround the turkey with potatoes as desired.
  16. Any leftover meat can be frozen in the sauce.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • frying pan
  • Basting brush
  • dulcimer
  • Sharp knife
  • Kitchen twine (optional)

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Mustard

Storage and leftovers

After cooking, store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last up to 3 days.

5-5½ kg oven-ready turkey, neck and giblets removed (save these to make stock if you wish) –
250g pack of dry smoked streaky bacon (approx. 12 slices) –
Some mustard (optional) –
A dash of olive oil –
Sea salt flakes –
1 onion, quartered –
1 large sprig of thyme –
A few bay leaves –
Glass of dry white wine –
Bay leaves and chopped thyme for sprinkling –
85g butter, soft –
1 tbsp whole grain mustard –
1 tsp English mustard –
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves –
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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. If necessary, apply a thin layer of mustard to the skin. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
  3. Stuff the turkey cavity with quartered onions, thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
  4. Pour a glass of dry white wine into the pan.
  5. Cover the turkey with dry-smoked, streaky bacon strips.
  6. In a bowl, combine softened butter, whole grain mustard, English mustard, and fresh thyme leaves. Spread this mixture over the bacon layer, making sure it covers the entire turkey.
  7. Scatter bay leaves and chopped thyme over the turkey.
  8. Roast in the preheated oven for about 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F as measured with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh.
  9. Baste the turkey with the pan juices every 30 minutes.
  10. Once cooked, remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.

Health Benefits of Roasted Turkey with Bacon and Mustard Butter

Health Benefits of Roasted Turkey with Bacon and Mustard Butter

Roast turkey is a classic dish often associated with special occasions and holiday gatherings. This recipe takes it a step further by adding a delicious mustard butter sauce and a smoky bacon crust. It not only improves the taste but also brings several health benefits.

1. Lean protein

Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to eat healthily. An oven-ready turkey weighing 5-5½ kg provides a generous amount of protein, essential for cell repair, muscle growth and overall body function.

2. Essential nutrients

When you eat turkey, you’re not just consuming protein; You’ll also get important nutrients that support your overall health. Turkey is rich in vitamins B3, B6 and B12, all of which play important roles in energy production, brain function and red blood cell formation.

3. Antioxidant power

Incorporating mustard into the baking mix provides an additional health boost. Mustard contains antioxidants like selenium, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. These free radicals can cause oxidative stress and contribute to various chronic diseases.

4. Good fats

The combination of butter and olive oil in this recipe provides a dose of healthy fats. While both ingredients add flavor, they also contain monounsaturated fats that support heart health. These fats are associated with reduced inflammation and improved cholesterol levels.

5. Herbs for well-being

Adding thyme and bay leaves not only improves the taste but also brings several health benefits. Thyme is known for its antibacterial properties and is said to strengthen the immune system. Bay leaves, on the other hand, contain compounds that can aid digestion and reduce inflammation.

By incorporating these ingredients into your roast turkey recipe, you will not only create a delicious and flavorful dish, but you will also promote your well-being. So next time you make a roasted turkey, you might want to try this version slathered with mustard butter for its flavor and health benefits.

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