Paddock To Plate

Try Matt's delicious Christmas dinner recipe!


  • 4 kg turkey, neck removed

  • Olive oil, for drizzling

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 ham skin

  • Chestnut and apricot stuffing

  • 10 g butter

  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped finely

  • 100 g bacon, cut into lardons

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped sage

  • 500 g pork sausage mince

  • 100 g dried apricots, chopped

  • 100 g peeled chestnuts, chopped (see note)

  • 50 g mustard fruits, chopped (see note)

  • 50 g fresh white breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 egg yolk


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 170°C.

  • 2.

    To make the chestnut and apricot stuffing, melt the butter in a large fry pan over medium heat, add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until they begin to soften.

  • 3.

    Add the garlic, bacon and sage and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until the onion is transparent.

  • 4.

    Transfer to a bowl, and allow to cool a little, add the remaining ingredients, season to taste and mix well to combine.

  • 5.

    Meanwhile, rinse the turkey inside and out under cold running water, pat dry with absorbent paper and stuff the turkey cavity with the chestnut and apricot stuffing.

  • 6.

    Place the turkey, breast-side up on a wire rack in a roasting pan, add 1 cup of water to the pan (this stops turkey juices from burning), drizzle turkey with oil and season to taste.

  • 7.

    Place the ham skin over turkey then roast for 2½ hours, then remove and discard the ham skin (discard) and returnthe turkey to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally, until browned. Rest for 15 minutes then serve withall the trimmings.

  • Note::

  • 1.

    Peeled chestnuts are available frozen or in cryovac packs from select delicatessens. Mustard fruits are an Italian condiment of fruit candied in a mustard syrup, which gives a distinctive sweet-hot flavour. It’s available in jars from select delicatessens.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 3095kj
  • Fat Total 178g
  • Saturated Fat 52g
  • Protein 290g
  • Carbohydrate 67g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Sodium 11746mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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