Honey-roasted Turkey

First introduced in Britain in the 16th century, it was in the Victorian period that roast turkey really came into its own as a main Christmas course. The butter/honey mixture gives the meat a delicious flavour and adds a rich, dark crust to the skin.


  •  1 oven ready turkey, 8 to 10 lb.
  • 1 samll apple, peeled
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 1 small potato, peeled
  • salt and black pepper
  • a thick slice of lemon
  • 3 oz. butter
  • 6 oz. thick honney

Directions for Honey-roasted Turkey

      Place inside the turkey, th apple, onion and potato(they will help to keep the turkey meat moist) and seasson lightly. Place the turkey in a roasting tin and rub the skin lightly with a lemon. Melt the butter and honey together, stirring, and pour the mixture over the turkey. Allow to stand for about 30-40 minutes, spooning over the butter/honey mixture frequently. Set oven to 400 degrees F or MArk 6. Allow approximately 15 minutes per pound of turkey. Roast for 30 minutes, basting from time to time. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F or Mark 4 and roast for further 30 minutes, basting, from time to time. Cover with foil and continue cooking until the juices run clear when a skewer is pushed into the thickest part of the leg, close to the body. For the last 15 minutes of cooking rmove the foil to crisp the skin. Leave to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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