I’m sure we’re not the only ones that at one point or another have slaved away in the kitchen all day, only to discover the juicy Christmas turkey we envisioned was in fact the driest thing in the history of humanity. And once you’ve experienced that, you’re not really motivated to (ever) try it again. That is unless you have the right instructor. If you also suffer from “dry turkey syndrome”, we’ve got your back. Just follow along with these turkey recipes by some of the world’s best chefs, like Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone, and Richard Blais.
1. Gordon Ramsay’s buttery roast turkey with lemon, parsley and garlic
Of course we have to start the list with one of our favorite chefs: Gordon Ramsay. As far as the MasterChef judge is concerned, a delicious turkey is the star of the Christmas dinner and the secret to a great feast is making sure your turkey doesn’t end up dry.
So how do you end up with a juicy and succulent Christmas turkey? Just follow along with Gordon’s roast turkey with lemon, parsley and garlic recipe. The secret is all in the preparation and after cooking it in the oven at two different temperatures you’ll be serving one tender and juicy bird, at least according to the YouTube comments.
2. Richard Blais’ healthy roast holiday turkey
If you’re trying to keep the holiday pounds off as much as possible this year, you’ll definitely want to try Richard Blais’ healthy roast holiday turkey. The chef starts out with a nice brine and forgoes tons of butter to keep the dish lighter on the fat. The turkey is finished off with a greek nonfat yogurt glaze, combined with some lemon curd.
3. Nigella Lawson’s spiced and superjuicy roast turkey
For Nigella there really is no turkey, unless it’s a brined turkey. The salty solution tenderizes the meat and adds subtle spiciness. According to the chef brining your bird also makes the carving process much easier.
To add flavor and keep the turkey moist, Nigella bastes it with goose fat and maple syrup. Other ingredients you should get for this roasted feast are star anise, caraway seeds, fresh parsley, white mustard seeds and a cinnamon stick. So are you ready for this spiced and superjuicy roast turkey?
4. Curtis Stone’s Thanksgiving roast turkey
Ok so according to Curtis Stone’s website this is a Thanksgiving turkey, but hey a turkey is a turkey right? In any case the bird looks moist and succulent, so it’s definitely worth a try. Prep time is about an hour, while you’ll have to wait 3,5 hours for the turkey to cook. The recipe mentions it’s possible to prepare the butter mixture a day ahead, just make sure it’s back to room temperature before using it.
5. Jamie Oliver’s best roast turkey
Next up is Jamie Oliver with his best roast turkey recipe for Christmas or any time. The chef contemplates that turkey is also great for Sunday roast, so why limit yourself to Christmas or Thanksgiving? This recipe doesn’t call for a brine, but you know you can always choose to brine your meat prior to any recipe. Just make sure to wash off the salt.
Jamie adds streaky bacon or strips of pancetta to enhance the flavor of the turkey and stuffs rolls of pork into the thighs and drumsticks. The cook and resting time are about 3 hours and 40 minutes in total and you should have enough turkey for 8 people (obviously depending on how much they eat).