Christmas turkey with lentil salad and lemony mushrooms

Christmas turkey with lentil salad and lemony mushrooms

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • Carb Conscious Fat conscious Heart friendly
  • 20 minutes
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Stellenzicht Sémillon 2007
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  • 4 kg double-breasted turkey
  • 2 x 400 g cans lentils, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 10 red salad onions, finely sliced
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 100 g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 g king oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

To roast the turkey: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Remove the turkey from its packaging, keeping it in the tinfoil tray and covering the flesh with additional tinfoil. Place in the oven and, after an hour and a half, remove the tinfoil.

Roast for a further 45 minutes, occasionally basting the turkey with its juices, or until the bird is cooked through and the skin crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes.

To make the salads: Place the lentils, parsley and salad onion in a bowl, with the juice of 2 lemons and ½ cup olive oil. Mix until combined. In a separate bowl, add the mushroom and coriander, with the remaining lemon juice and olive oil.

Season both salads and set aside to allow the flavours to infuse.

To serve: Add good helpings of the lentil and mushroom salads to each plate, and top with a succulent carving of turkey. Serve warm.

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Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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