Christmas turkey can be as simple as rub and roast
Just rub the bird with oil, this simple dried seasoning blend and roast it: What you get is a nicely browned turkey and pan juices that are flavourful enough to serve on their own.
Of course, this recipe works best when the dried seasonings you use are at their best, so consider updating your supply — especially the dried thyme.
If you don’t have a flat rack that fits inside your shallow roasting pan, create one using a row of celery ribs. You’ll need an instant-read thermometer for monitoring doneness.
CHRISTMAS TURKEY Ingredients
7kg turkey, giblet packet removed 2 tsp salt 2 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried sage 3⁄4 tsp sweet paprika 3⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp powdered mustard 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Water
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven (remove the upper racks); preheat to 180C. Place a flat rack inside a shallow roasting pan (with sides no higher than 5-8cm).
Stir together the salt, thyme, sage, paprika, black pepper and mustard in a small bowl. Pat the turkey dry, inside and out. Rub it with the oil, then coat it with the dried seasoning blend, making sure to scatter some in the cavity of the bird as well.
Place the turkey on the rack inside your shallow roasting pan, then pour in about 1 cup of water.
Roast (lower rack) for 2 hours, turning the pan from front to back a few times to promote even browning. (If it begins to look too dark, you can partially cover the bird with aluminum foil.)
The turkey is done when the internal temperature of the breast meat registers 75C on an instant-read thermometer, and the thigh meat registers 75C to 80C (taken away from the bone).
Let rest for at least 30 minutes before serving; strain the pan juices for serving as is or for making gravy.