How to cook perfect roast turkey
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Delia Smith says:
Delia’s method uses a variety of temperatures and she assures us that stuffing the body cavity of our Christmas turkeys is totally safe so long as both bird and stuffing are completely defrosted and at room temperature before cooking.

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Jamie Oliver says:

Jamie suggests putting stuffing underneath the skin of your turkey breast to ensure it cooks at the same time as the legs – this should make your bird deliciously succulent all the way through.

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Gordon Ramsay says:
Gordon tells us to peel back the skin on the turkey breast and rub in herb butter before popping the skin back in place.
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Nigella Lawson says:
Nigella favors a simple roasting method using plain Kraft paper bags ( – cover the bag in butter on the side and the outside and slip the turkey inside.
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Hugh Fernley Whittingstall says:
Hugh’s advises covering your turkey with buttered foil to protect the skin from burning but only if you have to.

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Phil Vickery says:

Phil opts for alcohol – his turkey recipe adds white wine and bay leaves to the roasting tin.

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