Orange and honey create a tasty glaze that infuses the turkey with flavour.
How long will it take?
Takes 2 ½ hours
What’s the serving size?
Serves 10 -12
What do I need?
5 kg turkey buffe
75 g butter, softened
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 large oranges, zested and juiced
80 mL honey
10 g fresh thyme sprigs
How do I make it?
Preheat oven to 190C.
Pat turkey buffe with paper towel and place it in a roasting tin. Rub 25 grams of the butter on the skin, then drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover loosely with foil and place in oven for 1 ½ hours.
Make the glaze by combining orange zest and juice, honey and fresh thyme in a small saucepan. Cook over a medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until it has reduced slightly. Add remaining 50 grams of butter and stir to combine. Remove from heat and discard the thyme sprigs.
After turkey has cooked for 1 ½ hours, remove foil and use the glaze to baste the turkey. On this initial basting use about half the glaze, then put turkey back in the oven, increase heat to 200C and cook uncovered for a further 1 hour, or until juices run clear, basting every 15 minutes with the remaining glaze. If the skin of the turkey starts to get too browned, cover it with foil.
When turkey is cooked, remove from oven and cover with foil and allow to rest for 20 – 30 minutes before serving.