Bay & thyme butter roast turkey
Waitrose and Partners

Bay & thyme butter roast turkey

A classically flavoured and indulgent centerpiece for a Christmas feast. 

    • Serves8
    • CourseMain meal
    • Prepare1 hr
    • Cook4 hrs 15 mins
    • Total time5 hrs 15 mins
    • Plusresting

    Ingredients

    • 1 medium bronze turkey (about 5kg), with giblets
    • 30g fine sea salt
    • 10g light brown soft sugar
    • 250g unsalted butter, softened
    • 30 bay leaves (3 packs), plus extra to decorate (optional)
    • 2 x 20g packs thyme, leaves picked from 1 pack
    • 2 lemons, halved, plus extra to decorate (optional)
    • 4 large onions, unpeeled, roughly chopped
    • 1 celery heart, trimmed and roughly chopped
    • 2 garlic bulbs, halved widthways
    • 250ml dry white wine
    • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 6 tbsp plain flour
    • 500ml fresh chicken stock
    • 1 tbsp clear honey, plus extra to taste