Let's talk turkey...
For weeks, there’s been speculation in the media, turkey shortage, turkey glut, not enough small turkeys – the list goes on. For as long as I can remember we’ve always had turkey at Christmas, aside from the first year we were married when I crucified a small duck for the two of us, but the less said about that the better.
With uncertainly over how many you can have round this Christmas there is undoubtedly some reticence about going nap on that 12kg bird! However there’s still loads of options open to you to ensure you can have your traditional turkey – however many you end up feeding on Christmas day.
The whole bird – this is the natural choice for most of us. Inevitably though there will be some left overs. My personal favourite is a boxing day pasty, by pre-rolled puff pastry, then fill with diced up turkey, left over veg, cold gravy and if you have some, some sausage meat too. Fold into a pasty, either glaze with egg yolk & bake until golden brown or pop in the freezer for lunches during the colder months. The perfect pasty.
The Crown – Not to be confused with the popular Netflix series, a crowned bird leaves you with the two breasts, we also include the legs which you can use at a later date. A crown is smaller so takes less cooking, plus the legs can be retained and used for another meal. As an idea this week I made a confit turkey leg, which we shredded and crisped up with a salad with citrus and pomegranate seeds. Or you can use confit turkey leg in a similar way to oriental duck with plum sauce and pancakes.
Boned & Rolled – We remove all the bones from the legs and breast and carefully roll into a single roasting joint. It’s much easier to carve and it would be ideal to share between households as you just cut the cooked joint down the middle and share. This could be a perfect solution if you and your neighbours wanted to divide and conquer and share the cost and cooking of Christmas perhaps?
Jointed – This one I think is the most innovative; We’ll supply you with the two breasts and the two legs. On a larger bird this is easily enough for multiple meals. If you cannot have one large Christmas celebration then this may provide the perfect alternative with turkey for up to four different meals.
Still confused - check out our video to see all the different cuts here.
What ever you plans for Christmas there is a turkey cut to suit you and your gathering.