Striving for nothing but the best this Christmas? Us too. Follow our easy guide to the ultimate Christmas lunch

 

Step 1

In a bowl, mix together 125g softened unsalted butter, 1 heaped tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves, 20g chopped fresh sage and 2 crushed cloves of garlic. Gently pull the skin away from the flesh and spoon in the butter and herb mix.

Butter mix

 

Step 2

Spread the butter evenly over the bird with your fingers. This'll give you super-crispy skin.

Spread under skin

 

Step 3

Lay strips of smoked streaky bacon over the top, overlapping in a zig-zag. This goes nice and crispy once baked.

Add bacon

 

Step 4

If you're stuffing your turkey, now's the time to do it.

 

Step 5

Tie the legs of the turkey together. This helps it cook more evenly, so the breast doesn't end up dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting tin. Timings for cooking depend on the size of your turkey – refer to your pack for instructions. Once cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg, if it's done, the juices should run clear. Rest it for 30 mins in a loose cover of foil to let the juices redistribute around the turkey. 

Tie legs