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Lemon and herb roasted turkey with gravy

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Cooked until golden, this lemon and herb turkey will be the star of the show. Accompanied by warm veggies and gravy, this is one of our favourite turkey recipes.

  • Serves10
  • Cook time3 hour 10 minutes
  • Prep time30 minutes, + 15 mins resting time
Lemon and herb roasted turkey with gravy


  • 2 brown onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 4.8-5.2kg Steggles Frozen Turkey, thawed following packet directions
  • 1 lemon
  • 8 sprigs each of thyme, sage and rosemary
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 6 unpeeled garlic cloves, bruised
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 3 garlic cloves, extra, crushed
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • ¼ cup (35g) plain flour
  • 2½ cups (625ml) chicken stock
  • Steamed or roasted vegetables, to serve

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Combine onion, carrot and celery in a large flameproof roasting pan. Add ½ cup (125ml) water to pan.
  2. Step 2

    Remove and discard neck from turkey. Pat dry inside and out with paper towel.
  3. Step 3

    Use a vegetable peeler to remove 6 thick strips of rind from lemon. Pick the leaves from one-quarter of the thyme, sage and rosemary sprigs and reserve. Fill turkey cavity with lemon rind, bay leaves, garlic cloves and remaining thyme, sage and rosemary sprigs.
  4. Step 4

    Tie the turkey legs together with kitchen string. Tuck wings under. Place over the vegetables in the roasting pan.
  5. Step 5

    Combine the butter, crushed garlic, paprika, honey and oil in a small jug. Brush turkey all over with butter mixture. Season well. Cover pan tightly with lightly greased foil. Roast for 30 mins.
  6. Step 6

    Remove foil. Reduce oven temperature to 180°C. Roast, basting every 30 mins, adding a little more water to the roasting pan if the liquid evaporates during cooking and covering with foil if necessary to prevent overbrowning, for a further 2½ hours or until turkey is golden and juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a skewer. Sprinkle turkey with reserved thyme, sage and rosemary leaves in the final 30 mins of cooking. Transfer the turkey to a platter and cover loosely with foil. Set aside for 15 mins to rest.
  7. Step 7

    Meanwhile, heat the vegetable mixture in the roasting pan over medium-high heat, stirring, for 3 mins. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 mins. Gradually add the stock, stirring until well combined. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 mins. Season. Strain the gravy through a fine sieve into a jug and discard the solids.
  8. Step 8

    Serve the turkey with gravy and steamed or roast vegetables.