Foodie Friday! Citrus Marinated Turkey

Citrus Marinated Turkey


Preparation and Cooking Time:  6hrs 30mins
Serves:  12



Brined Turkey

  • 3.8L water
  • 2 cups apple cider, we recommend ‘Appleanche‘ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 7kg fresh turkey (giblets and neck reserved)


  • 10 roasted garlic cloves (see Note)
  • 10 raw garlic cloves
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 chipotles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons annatto paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice


  • 9 cups chicken or turkey stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Reserved turkey giblets and neck (liver discarded)
  • 3 shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 10 roasted garlic cloves (see Note)
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper



  1. In a very large bowl, stir the water, apple cider, kosher salt and sugar until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Line a stock pot with a large, sturdy doubled plastic bag. Put the turkey in the bag, neck first. Pour in the brine and seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Brine the turkey in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  2. Remove the turkey from the brine and discard the brine. Pat the turkey dry and transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. In a blender, combine the roasted garlic with the 10 raw garlic cloves, the vegetable oil, orange juice, cider vinegar, kosher salt, lime juice, oregano, chipotles, annatto paste, cumin and allspice. Puree until smooth. Slather the turkey inside and out with the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325°. Lift the turkey out of the marinade and set on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush the breast with some of the marinade. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the stock into the bottom of the pan and cover the turkey very loosely with foil. Roast the turkey for 2 hours. Remove the foil and add another 1 1/2 cups of the stock to the pan. Continue roasting for about 2 1/2 hours longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 175°.
  4. In a large saucepan, heat the canola oil. Add the giblets and neck and cook over moderate heat until browned. Transfer to a plate. Add the shallots, carrots, celery and onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Return the turkey parts to the saucepan. Stir in the roasted garlic and peppercorns, add the remaining 6 cups of stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the stock is reduced to 4 cups, about 1 1/2 hours. Strain the enriched stock into a heatproof bowl and discard the solids.
  5. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and remove the rack from the pan. Pour the pan juices into a bowl and skim off the fat, reserving 2 tablespoons. Transfer the reserved fat to a saucepan. Add the butter and flour and cook over high heat, whisking constantly, until golden brown, 2 minutes. Add the enriched stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the gravy is reduced to 3 cups, about 10 minutes.
  6. Place the roasting pan over one burner on high heat. Add the strained, defatted pan drippings (there should be 1 cup) and scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Strain the pan drippings into the gravy and season with salt and pepper; keep warm.
  7. Carve the turkey and transfer the slices to a platter. Serve with the gravy.

Note:   To roast garlic, place 20 unpeeled cloves in a small baking dish and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of canola oil.  Cover and roast at 375° for 40 minutes, until tender and caramelized.  Let cool, then squeeze the garlic from the skins


Recipe adapted from

By |2019-02-18T15:03:10+10:30December 15, 2017|Foodie Friday|0 Comments

Foodie Friday! Perry Baked Christmas Ham

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Preparation and Cooking Time:  2hrs 20mins
Serves:  12



  • 1 whole leg or shoulder ham (about 5 kg), skin removed (Source good-quality ham from delis and smallgoods specialists.)
  • 1.5L dry Perry, we recommend ‘Eighty 4’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 6 pieces blade mace (Substitute:  whole nutmeg)
  • 220g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 2 oranges, 1 juiced, 1 thickly sliced
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • warm potato salad, to serve



Soaking time overnight.

  1. Place ham in a large pan and add half of the perry and enough water to cover the ham (don’t worry if hock isn’t submerged). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove ham and discard the liquid.  (Alternatively, if you have the time and energy, reduce it down and use it, along with the pan juices, to baste the ham as it cooks).
  3. Preheat oven to 160°C.  Pour remaining Perry into a saucepan, add blade mace, sugar and orange juice.  Bring to the boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until liquid reduces by one-third, then add mustard powder.  Place ham in a roasting pan and pour over Perry mixture.  Layer orange slices over the top.
  4. Cover ham with foil and bake, basting regularly with pan juices and removing foil halfway, for 2 hours or until ham has warmed through and liquid is starting to thicken.
  5. Transfer ham to a plate and cover to keep warm.  Place roasting pan over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid is thickened.  Strain, then spoon sauce over hot ham and serve as part of the Christmas spread with warm potato salad and a glass of something good.


Recipe adapted from

By |2016-12-15T22:14:00+10:30December 15, 2016|Foodie Friday|0 Comments

Foodie Friday! Butternut Pumpkin Turkey Roulade with Perry Gravy

Butternut Pumpkin Turkey Roulade with Perry GravyButternut-Squash-Turkey-Roulade-with-Apple-Cider-Gravy-PS2


Cooking  and Preparation Time:   2hrs
Serves:  4



  • 500g boneless, skinless turkey breasts
  • 1 small butternut pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt + more for seasoning
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken stock, divided
  • ¼ cup Perry, we recommend ‘The Berg’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 2 tablespoons flour



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Split pumpkin in half lengthwise, remove seeds.  Place on a small baking sheet.  Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast until soft, about 45 minutes.  Once squash is soft, either mash by hand or place in the food processor to puree.  Place once cup of puree in a small bowl, add chopped pecans and ⅛ teaspoon salt.  Raise heat on oven to 375 degrees.
  2. While the squash is cooking, place turkey breast in a large plastic bag.  Using a meat tenderizer on the flat side or a rolling pin, flatten out turkey, until about ⅛ inch thick.  Repeat with remaining breast.
  3. Season each breast on both sides with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread ½ cup of filling on the breast, leaving a ½ inch border around. Roll up, jam roll style and secure every inch or two with bakers twine.
  5. In a medium oven-proof skillet heat remaining oil over a medium-high heat.  Brown turkey on all sides.
  6. Pour ¼ cup Perry and ¼ cup chicken stock in pan.  Place in oven and bake until turkey is cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.  Use a meat thermometer to make sure it’s fully cooked, it should read 165 degrees.
  7. Once turkey is fully cooked, transfer breasts to a plate and cover with foil while you make the gravy.
  8. In a measuring cup, vigorously whisk COLD chicken stock and flour.  Whisk mixture into remaining Perry and stock in skillet.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until thickened.  Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  9. Slice turkey into one inch pieces and serve with gravy.


Recipe adapted from

By |2016-08-25T23:38:13+09:30August 25, 2016|Foodie Friday|0 Comments


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