Roast Copas Bronze Turkey with Apricot Stuffing, Bread Sauce and Gravy 

Serves 8 

 

We caught up with Chef/Patron of The Beehive in White Waltham – renowned for its incredible seasonal produce – to get the lowdown on how to cook something to truly blow your guests away. 

Undoubtedly, it’s time for turkey to shine but how do you take you roast from drab to fab? Keep reading to find out Dom’s secret to a beautifully tender bird and packed full of flavour plus all the trimmings!

 

Ingredients

4-5KG TURKEY

To make apricot stuffing:

1kg pork mince

150g dried apricots

150g breadcrumbs

1 onion finely chopped

1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence

2 cloves garlic chopped

50 ml brandy

Salt and pepper

 

To make bread sauce:

250ml milk

Half onion studded with one clove

Bay leaf

100g white bread, crusts removed

Nutmeg to taste

Salt and pepper

Tsp double cream

 

To make cranberry sauce:

40g orange zest

400ml orange juice

1kg cranberries

0.5g ground ginger

0.5g mixed spice

0.5g cinnamon

400g brown sugar

 

To make gravy:

Turkey bits from the bottom of the roasting tray

1 carrot

1 onion

1 stick celery

1 clove garlic

10g thyme

500ml red wine

1 litre chicken stock

 

Serve with: 

Roast Potatoes

Buttered Sprouts

Savoy Cabbage

Carrots

Chipolatas Sausages

Bacon

 

Method 

 

Now you’ve got your mega shopping list sorted it’s time for the magic to begin. Dig out your apron, grab a bevvy (or two), and whack on the tunes!

 

Let’s get started! Preheat your oven to 210°C.

 

Make the stuffing. Bring apricots to the boil in brandy and a splash of water then leave to soak until softened. Drain off liquid and dice apricots. Combine with pork mince, breadcrumbs, onion, Herbs de Provence, and garlic. Season well. 

 

Season the turkey well inside and out. Fill cavity with stuffing. Place bird into a roasting tray and roast for 30 minutes, turn oven down to 170°C and continue roasting for another 3 hours basting regularly. Once roasted remove from oven and rest for 30 minutes.

 

Whilst the turkey is roasting you can crack on with the cranberry sauce. Juice and zest the oranges, place in a pan with spices and reduce by half. Add cranberries, bring back to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes and remove from heat.

 

It wouldn’t be Christmas dinner without bread sauce, to make simmer milk with onion, clove and bay leaf then strain over bread. Stir until bread softens then add cream, nutmeg and season well. Serve warm.

 

Everyone’s fav trimming, pigs in blankets, really make Christmas dinner so tasty! Dom likes to use good quality chipolatas wrapped in bacon – cook until golden brown. 

 

No roast is complete without gravy. Whilst the turkey is resting pour all excess fat from turkey roasting tray into a pan. Add carrots, celery and onion and cook until caramelised. Add red wine and reduce. Add chicken stock, garlic, and thyme - reduce to sauce consistency. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan then place back on the stove. Bring to the boil, season and whisk in 50g butter, serve hot.

 

To Serve

Serve with all the trimmings – stuffing, roast potatoes, buttered carrots, savoy cabbage, buttered sprouts, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets and gravy. 

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