How to Cook a Turkey Like Jamie Oliver

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How to Cook a Turkey Like Jamie Oliver

The Jamie Oliver turkey recipe offers a unique way to prepare a whole turkey for dinner. This recipe can be used on special occasions such as holidays and celebrations or as the main dish of a family dinner on any evening. Since the recipe requires that the turkey be removed from the refrigerator one hour before cooking, cooks should set aside the better part of a day to prepare the meal so that they can have it on the table in time for dinner.

Start to finish: 6 hours (Active time: 1 hour)

Serves: 10

Roast Turkey3.jpgFlickr: TSayles
Offered by Jamie Oliver
Served as Main dish
Main ingredients Whole turkey, carrots, clementine, onions
Cooking method Baking
Similar to Martha Stewart turkey recipe
Author Selena Robinson

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Jamie Oliver Turkey Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 whole 11-pound turkey[1]
  • 1 clementine
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 3 onions[2]
  • 2 carrots
  • Stuffing
  • 2 sticks celery
  • Fresh rosemary

Jamie Oliver Turkey Recipe

  1. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator one hour before cooking.
  2. Rinse the turkey and use paper towels to pat it dry. Rub the whole bird with olive oil and then sprinkle salt and pepper over the entire surface.[1]
  3. Preheat the oven on its highest heating temperature.
  4. Chop the onions and cook them in olive oil for about 10 minutes or until soft. Set aside.
  5. Chop the carrots and celery sticks and set them aside.
  6. Peel the clementine and cut it in half. Place both halves inside the turkey cavity.
  7. Pull the stems off the rosemary and place the leaves inside the turkey cavity.[2]
  8. Mix half of the stuffing and the onions into a ball and stuff inside the turkey cavity.
  9. Place the turkey into a roasting pan and place the chopped carrots and celery pieces around the bird.
  10. Cover the roasting pan with foil.
  11. Put the turkey into the oven and turn the heat down to 350 degrees.
  12. Cook the turkey for about 35 minutes for every 2 pounds of weight. An 11-pound turkey should take about 3 1/2 hours to cook.
  13. Check the turkey every 20 minutes and baste it with juices from the roasting pan.
  14. After 2 1/2 hours of cooking, remove the aluminum foil and continue cooking.[3]
  15. Test for doneness by sticking the turkey thigh. If the juices are clear and the meat is tender, the turkey is done.
  16. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.
  17. Serve with the additional stuffing.

How to Carve a Turkey

Jamie Oliver demonstrates how to carve a turkey and present it properly


  • For a different flavor, stuff the uncooked turkey with rolls of pancetta bacon. Simply make small slits into the outer skin of the turkey around the thighs. Roll up individual slices of pancetta and stick them into the slits. Bake as usual.[3]
  • Prepare a complete meal by partnering the cooked turkey with a homemade stuffing and a vegetable side dish. A complementary dessert such as Mary Mac's Sweet Potato Souffle will round out the meal.

Also See: How to Cook a Turkey Like Martha Stewart, How to Cook a Turkey Like Paula Deen, How to Cook a Turkey Like Emeril Lagasse, How to Cook a Turkey Like Rachael Ray, How to Make Mary Mac's Sweet Potato Souffle


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