Roasted Turkey with Fig, Apple and Shallot Stuffing with Fresh Sage

  • 5kg free-range Golden Turkey
  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • For the stuffing
  • 75g butter
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 8 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 250g dried figs, chopped into small cubes
  • 2 small eating apples
  • 250g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 750g sausage meat
  • 3tbsp of parsley, chopped
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • For the gravy
  • Giblets from a Golden Turkey
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 stick of celery, cut into chunks
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp redcurrant jelly
  • 750ml of Golden Turkey giblet stock
  • 100ml sherry
  • 2 tbsp of plain flour

Preheat oven to 230°C/Gas Mark 8.

Remove turkey giblets and reserve. Rinse the turkey inside and out and dry well.

Place the turkey in a large roasting pan, brush the turkey generously with rapeseed oil and season with sea salt and black pepper and cover with foil.

Place the prepared turkey in the pre-heated oven and cook at this temperature for the first 30 minutes. Then, lower the oven temperature to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 and cook for approximately 30 minutes per kilo, basting every hour.

To prepare the stuffing, heat the butter and rapeseed oil until the butter has melted. Add the shallot and fry gently until well softened but not browned. Stir in the garlic and season well with sea salt and black pepper. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl, leave to cool.

Peel the apples, cut into quarters, remove the core and cut into small cubes. Mix the figs, apples, breadcrumbs, sage, sausage meat and parsley with the shallots, season well with sea salt and black pepper using clean hands and then mix in the beaten egg. The mixture should be quite firm, with wet hands, mould the stuffing into balls the size of a golf ball.

Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Alternatively you can use the mixture to stuff an onion, per person, and place the rest of the mixture into an ovenproof dish to cook.

Take one small onion per person and peel, leaving the top of the onion intact and the base root in place. Peel and boil, whole, in salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes, until just soft, drain and cool in cold water. Drain and cut the top off the onion, about three quarters of the way up, so as to make a lid. Using a sharp knife, hollow out the onion and stuff with the stuffing mixture, replace the lid and brush all over with rape seed oil. Bake for 30-35 minutes in the oven along side the turkey until cooked through and slightly caramelised.

When the turkey is approximately 35 minutes before the end of cooking, remove the foil, drain off any of the excess fat and cook for a further 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Transfer the turkey to a platter and cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes.

To make the turkey gravy with sherry, please see recipe below.

Serve the turkey carved with stuffing balls or stuffed onions and warm homemade turkey gravy with sherry.

To make the turkey gravy with sherry, wash the giblets in cold water, place in a large pan with 1.5 litres of cold water. Bring to the boil and removed any scum of the top of the water with a slatted spoon. Then add the rest of the ingredients, cover and simmer for 40minutes.

Uncover the pan and simmer for a further 20-30 minutes or until the stock has reduced by half. Remove from the heat and strain into a bowl, leave to cool, cover and place in the fridge or use immediately.

To make the gravy, bring the stock back to the boil and remove from the heat.

When the turkey is cooked pour off the fat from the roasting juices, place the tin on the hob, whisk in the flour and place over a low heat and cook the flour mixture making sure you have scrapped up all the meaty sticky bits, on the bottom of the tin and stir constantly. After 2 minutes, remove from the heat and whisk in the turkey giblet stock and redcurrant jelly, bring slowly to the boil, stirring constantly.

Add the sherry and cook for a further 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Season to taste add a little more sherry if you want and then strain into a warm jug and serve. Any leftover turkey sherry gravy can be frozen.

The giblet stock can be made 2 days before required.

Recipe courtesy of Golden Turkeys. Image courtesy of

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