Roast turkey with pork, ginger and lime stuffing recipe serves six


  • 5·5-6kg (about 12-13lb) turkey without giblets
  • 75g (3oz) Dromona butter, softened

·       For the brine

  • 1 lemongrass stalk, cut into 3
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 250g (8oz) table salt

·       For the stuffing

  • 800g (1lb 9oz) Tesco Northern Irish pork mince
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and diced
  • 75g (3oz) Forest Feast fruit, nut & berry mix, chopped
  • 50g (2oz) TS Foods Natural breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Skea egg, beaten

Put the brining ingredients into a medium pan and cover with 2 litres water. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and set aside to infuse for 30 minutes.

  1. Pour the brine into a large container that will fit theturkey, such as a clean plastic bin or bucket, and add 6 litres (10 1/2pt) water. Submerge the turkey, cover and leave somewhere cool (in the fridge if you can fit it or in a garage or outside, if it’s cold enough – just make sure the lid is well secured or use an ice box with clips) for 12-18 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C and remove the turkey from the brine. Put in a large roasting tin and pat dry with kitchen paper. Leave to sit, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the stuffing ingredients in a bowl. When you’re ready to roast, put the stuffing into the neck cavity of the turkey. Tie up the legs and spread the butter over the turkey’s skin.
  4. Put the turkey in the oven for 45 minutes, basting halfway through.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to gas 1, 140°C, fan 120°C and cook for a further 18 minutes per 450g. To check it is cooked through with no pink meat remaining and that the juices run clear, pierce the thickest part of the leg with a sharp knife to test.
  6. Remove the turkey to a carving board, cover and rest for at least 20 minutes, then carve. Serve with the stuffing and your choice of vegetables.