Delicious Turkey Recipes and Meal Ideas

From turkey stir-fry to making turkey curry with leftovers, browse all of our turkey recipes today.

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Tips for Cooking the Perfect Turkey

How Long to Cook a Turkey

The cooking time for your turkey will depend on its weight. A useful rule of thumb for calculating how long to cook a turkey is to allocate 20 minutes per kilogram plus an additional 70 minutes for a 2–3.9 kg turkey or 90 minutes for a 4–10 kg turkey.

These estimates typically apply to unstuffed turkeys, so be sure to factor in the stuffing weight for accurate cooking time.

Remember, when it comes to cooking any meat recipes, including chicken, beef or pork, to ensure safety, we recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food has reached its peak before eating. If the core temperature (where the turkey is thickest) is 60°C for 45 minutes, 65°C for 10 minutes, 70°C for two minutes, 75°C for 30 seconds and 80°C for six seconds, then it has reached its perfect temperature.

How to Cook a Turkey Crown

Turkey crowns aren’t just for Christmas; in fact, they can be enjoyed all year round!

Prepping your turkey crown in advance is a great way to speed up the process of cooking a delicious turkey crown. To prepare a turkey crown, start by patting the meat dry, rubbing it with a flavourful mix of herbs and spices, and brushing it with a layer of melted butter for a golden finish. You can do this the day before and store the turkey in the fridge until you’re ready to cook it.

When it comes to the actual cooking, cooking a turkey crown to perfection is not as difficult as it may first seem.
  • Preheat your oven to 160°C. Chop rosemary and mix it with lemon zest and olive oil. Drizzle lemon-rosemary oil over turkey, season, cover with foil, and roast for 1 hour.
  • Increase the oven to 200°C, remove the foil, add butter, and roast for 20 mins. Baste the turkey and return it to the oven for 20 mins.
  • The turkey is done when the juices run clear. Total cooking time: 2 hours.
  • Rest turkey covered with foil for 1½ hours.
  • When ready to carve, remove foil, use a sharp knife, and slice directly off the turkey breasts or cut the whole breast off the carcass.
Top tip: Place a damp kitchen roll or tea towel under the chopping board for stability.

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Here at HelloFresh, we hate food waste, which is why all of our recipes come with pre-portioned ingredients. This allows you to cook delicious meals while reducing your household food waste. Cooking a turkey recipe is no different. Here are six creative ways to use turkey leftovers and reduce food waste.
  1. Turkey Stir-Fry: Turn your leftover turkey into a quick and healthy stir-fry. To make this turkey recipe, simply sauté the turkey with a mix of colourful vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli or peas. Add some soy sauce, ginger and garlic for extra flavour. Serve it over rice or noodles.
  2. Turkey Sandwich or Wrap: Why not create a classic turkey sandwich using your favourite bread and adding lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise? It's simple and delicious! Alternatively, make a turkey wrap using a tortilla and add some cranberry sauce for a touch of festive sweetness. This festive turkey burger is another great option.
  3. Turkey Curry: Turkey curries are super popular as a way to use up leftovers. Our North Indian turkey curry recipe is the perfect way to use your leftover turkey and create a balanced meal you know everyone around your table will love.
  4. Turkey Soup: To make a hearty turkey soup, use the turkey bones you would have previously thrown into the food waste bin to prepare a flavourful broth. You can also add leftover turkey meat, vegetables, noodles, or even rice to make your soup more hearty. Season it with your favourite herbs and spices for a comforting meal.
  5. Turkey Pie Recipe: Turn your remaining turkey into a savoury pie by blending the leftover turkey pieces with vegetables like carrots, peas or corn to craft a rich, creamy filling. Top your filled pie dish with a sheet of puff pastry or pie crust and bake until it achieves a golden brown finish.
  6. Turkey Salad: Make a refreshing turkey salad by combining diced leftover turkey with a variety of fresh vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and avocados. Toss with your favourite salad greens and dress it with a vinaigrette or a yoghurt-based dressing of choice. Bon appetit!

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