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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