Roasted juicy turkey

This recipe is a perfect way to gather your family around the table. The filling is mouthwatering, the meat tender, and the sauce very creamy.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 60 min. preparation time, 120 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 1098 / Protein 158g / Carbohydr. 43g / Fat 22g

Ingredients (6 servings)

4 kgturkey (whole)
200 gbacon
4 sprigsmarjoram
200 gwhite bread
2 stalkscelery
50 gwalnuts
300 gcelery root
400 mlchicken broth
100 mlheavy cream
50 gbutter
olive oil


frying pan, kitchen twine, saucepan, baking dish, oven, sieve (optional), large bowl, whisk, cooking spoon, platter, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

Rivaner, fine dry, 2013
Thanks to its fine, fruity taste, a young Rivaner with aromas of fresh herbs and green apple goes well with poultry. The ideal drinking temperature of 8 – 9°C (46 – 48°F) best releases the fine minerality and nice spiciness of the young wine.

Step 1

Roasted juicy turkey

Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F. Season turkey with salt and pepper, both on the inside and outside. Cut bacon into fine cubes. Pick marjoram leaves and chop roughly. Cut white bread, celery stalks, and two-thirds of the apples into small cubes.

oven, cutting board, knife

4 kg turkey / 200 g bacon / 4 sprigs marjoram / 200 g white bread / 2 stalks celery / 2 apples / salt / pepper

Step 2

Roasted juicy turkey

Sauté bacon in a pan until crispy. Add marjoram and continue to sauté some more. Set aside.

frying pan, cooking spoon

Step 3

Roasted juicy turkey

Mix white bread, chopped apples, celery stalks, and walnuts with sautéed bacon. Add in egg and mix until combined. Season filling generously with salt and pepper.

large bowl, cooking spoon

50 g walnuts / 1 egg / salt / pepper

Step 4

Roasted juicy turkey

Stuff turkey with the filling.

cooking spoon

Step 5

Roasted juicy turkey

Using kitchen twine, securely tie the legs together.

kitchen twine

Step 6

Roasted juicy turkey

Generously rub the turkey with olive oil.

olive oil

Step 7

Roasted juicy turkey

Peel root celery. Cut carrots, root celery, and remaining apples into cubes.

cutting board, knife

300 g root celery / 3 carrots / 1 apple

Step 8

Roasted juicy turkey

Place stuffed turkey into a baking dish. Place carrots, root celery, and apple cubes around the turkey. Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C/320°F for approx. 2 – 2.5 h. Approx. 3 – 4 times during baking , baste with chicken broth. Raise heat to 200°C/390°F during the last 30 min. to brown turkey.

baking dish, oven

400 ml chicken broth

Step 9

Roasted juicy turkey

Then, transfer turkey to a platter and allow to rest for approx. 10 – 15 min. In the meantime, retrieve liquid from the baking dish and transfer to a saucepan. Add in heavy cream and butter and bring to boil. Cook for approx. 1 – 2 min., constantly stirring. Serve turkey with sauce on the side.

saucepan, sieve, whisk, platter

100 ml heavy cream / 50 g butter