• zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 15 g fresh thyme, leaves picked and washed
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 kg turkey crown


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Put the orange zest, thyme leaves, garlic and olive oil in a pestle and mortar and crush together to make a marinade – or use a bowl and the end of a rolling pin.

  2. 2

    Rub the marinade all over the turkey and put the crown in a roasting tin. Season with black pepper and cover loosely with foil.

  3. 3

    Cook in the oven for 20 minutes per kg, plus 70 mins, removing the foil after 1 hour and drizzling over the orange juice. To test if the turkey is cooked, pierce the thickest part with a skewer. The juices should run clear. If not, continue to cook. When done, remove the turkey from the oven, cover with foil and rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2026kj 484kcal 24%
  • Fat 21.0g 30%
  • Saturates 6.2g 31%
  • Sugars 0.9g 1%
  • Salt 0.6g 10%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 578kj/138kcal

Each serving provides

1.3g carbohydrate 0.6g fibre 72.1g protein

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