Bacon topped British turkey

Make sure you have the tastiest turkey in town this Christmas

Bacon topped British turkey

The staple meat of Christmas, turkey is low in fat and high in muscle-building protein. Cook just the breast meat for the healthiest option - it contains just 155 calories per 100g. However, we know what matters most is having the tastiest turkey in town - and that's where this delicious festive recipe comes in.

Preparation: Approx 1 hour 40 mins (depending on the weight of the joint)

Serves: 4-5

  • 800g British turkey breast roll joint
  • 4-5 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 50g button mushrooms, sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 225g streaky bacon
  • flat leaf parsley and fresh redcurrants to garnish

1 Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/ Gas Mark 5, 10 minutes before roasting. Weight the joint and calculate the cooking time at 20 minutes per kg + 70 minutes at the end. Warm the redcurrant jelly until smooth and brush 1-2 tbsp over the turkey.

2 Heat the oil in a pan and gently sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for further 2 minutes. Add seasoning to taste and the chopped parsley and arrange on top of the turkey.

3  Arrange the streaky bacon across the mushroom topping so that the mushrooms are completely encased. Place in a roasting tin and cook in the oven for the calculated cooking time. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes.

4 When ready to serve, warm the remaining redcurrant jelly and pour over the joint, garnish and serve with freshly cooked vegetables and a gravy of your choice.

The Skinny

Per serving

Calories 279
Fat 17.1g
Carbs 10.3g
Protein 21.7g

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