Curtis Stone's roast turkey with mustard-peppercorn gravy

Looking for a show-stopping Christmas main? Curtis Stone's roast turkey with mustard-peppercorn gravy is sure to be a fan favourite.

8 with leftovers


Note: + 1 1/2 hours standing & 12 hours drying time

1h 50m


  • 3.8kg Coles Medium RSPCA Approved Australian Whole Turkey
  • 2 1/2 tbs sea salt flakes
  • 1 bunch sage, divided
  • 1 bunch thyme, divided
  • 1 tbs grapeseed oil or vegetable oil

Mustard-peppercorn gravy

  • 3 cups (750ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp green peppercorns, drained
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce



Thoroughly pat turkey dry. Using your fingers, loosen skin over breasts and around thighs of turkey. Sprinkle salt between loosened skin and meat. Sprinkle outside of turkey with salt. Stuff turkey cavity with half the sage and half the thyme. Place turkey on a roasting rack and place in the fridge, uncovered, to air-dry for at least 12 hours.


Transfer the turkey and rack to a flameproof roasting pan. Set aside for 1 hour to reach room temperature. Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced). Brush the turkey with oil. Pour enough water into the pan to just cover the base.


Roast turkey for 45 mins (checking occasionally to add more water to the bottom of pan if it dries out). Rotate turkey 180 degrees. Roast for 45-55 mins or until turkey is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer reads 74°C when inserted into thickest part of thigh.


Sprinkle remaining sage and thyme over the centre of a carving board. Arrange the turkey over the herbs (don’t clean out the roasting pan). Set aside for 30 mins to rest before carving.


Meanwhile, to make the mustard-peppercorn gravy, pour pan juices into a measuring cup. Set aside for 10 mins to allow fat to rise. Spoon off fat, reserving pan juices. Set roasting pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the pan juices and stock. Bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape any brown bits on base of pan. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a jug. Discard solids. Measure 3 cups (750ml) stock mixture, reserving any extra in a small jug.


In a medium heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add shallots and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 mins or until shallots soften. Stir in flour. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins. Whisk in stock mixture, mustard, peppercorns and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 mins or until the gravy thickens slightly. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Keep gravy warm, adding reserved stock mixture to thin out if necessary.


Carve turkey and serve with gravy.

Serve with sage leaves and thyme sprigs.

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