My Grandma’s Turkey Recipe

To show my appreciation for all the amazing things that have happened to me in 2015 I am giving you my grandma’s turkey recipe so that you can share it with those who you care for. Doesn’t it look mouthwatering? I know, I am no food photographer, my business is Fashion, so instead of pretending to be one I just took a snap of how our table looks like during the season. 

My Grandma’s Turkey Recipe

Serves: Aprox. 8 people 


  • 4 kg (8 lb) Turkey 
  • 2 Heads of Garlic 
  • 2 Tablespoons salt 
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 
  • 175 ml (3/4 Cup) White Wine 
  • 175 ml (3/4 Cup) Orange Juice 
  • 120 ml (1/2 Cup) Lemon Juice 
  • 60 ml (1/4 Cup) Melted Butter 


  • If you are using a frozen turkey, thaw the turkey in its bag in the refrigerator for at least two days before baking. 
  • Make sure that the bird is completely defrosted and that there are no ice crystals anywhere in the bird. 
  • The day before baking, remove all packaging and the neck and the giblet pack from the cavity. 
  • Place the turkey, breast side down, in an oven proof roasting tin. 
  • Mix together the crushed garlic cloves, salt, pepper, wine, the orange and the lemon juice. 
  • Pour the mix into the roasting tin around the turkey. 
  • Cover in plastic wrap and put back in the refrigerator. 
  • Let marinate for at least 12 hours. 
  • Then turn bird and let marinate in the fridge for the remaining of the time until baking. 


  • Preheat the oven at 170°C (325°F). 
  • Remove the turkey from the fridge and take out the plastic wrap. 
  • Brush the skin of the bird with the melted butter. 
  • Loosely cover the turkey with foil and place into the centre of the preheated oven. 
  • Cook for 4 hours. 
  • Periodically baste the bird with the juices at the bottom of the roasting tin. 
  • Remove the foil 1 hour before the end of cooking. 
  • Once is cooked, remove the turkey from the oven and cover with foil. 
  • Leave to rest for 30 minutes before carving. 

Bon Appétit and Happy Holidays 2015!

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