A lovely big roast turkey is the traditional centre piece to most Christmas dinners – so there’s a lot of pressure to get it just right. We’ve gathered together all the essential information to give you the ultimate Christmas turkey guide. Find out which turkey to buy for your family, how to cook it and how to avoid the dreaded dry meat.
What turkey to buy
Four weeks before Christmas is the perfect time to start thinking about your turkey. See our guide for where to get the cheapest Christmas turkey this year. You can order one from your butcher or buy a frozen one. If you’re ordering a large turkey, make sure you measure your oven first to make sure it’ll fit. You don’t want to get a nasty surprise on Christmas morning!
So what size turkey do you need?
Size of turkey – Portions
- 2kg: 4-5 people
- 2.5kg: 5-6 people
- 3kg: 6-7 people
- 3.5kg: 7-8 people
- 4kg: 8-9 people
- 4.5kg: 9-10 people
- 5kg: 10-11 people
- 5.5kg: 11-12 people
- 6kg: 12-13 people
- 6.5k: 14-15 people
- 7kg: 15-16 people
- 7.5kg: 16-17 people
How long to cook your turkey
Our Christmas turkey timer will tell your how need to defrost and cook your turkey for (you can also use it for chicken, goose or duck). Just enter in the weight of your chosen bird.
How to cook a turkey
You only really cook turkey once a year and it’s a little bit trickier than your standard roast chicken. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide for how to cook a turkey.
Give your turkey a tasty twist
Turkey has the reputation of being quite a flavourless meat but it doesn’t have to be! Our delicious Christmas turkey recipes all have lots of lovely flavours added to them.
How to carve a turkey
You’ve spent all that time cooking it so you want to make sure it looks just as lovely cut up as it does whole. It can be tricky to carve the perfect portions of turkey so follow our step-by-step guide.
What to do with leftover turkey
There will undoubtedly be some leftover meat and you don’t need to throw it away. There are so many things you can do with leftover turkey – just take a look at our delicious ideas.
Don’t fancy turkey? We have lots more Christmas dinner ideas right here.