Lemon and herb crusted turkey roast

Looking for a light and refreshing center piece for your (Christmas) dinner? This lemon and herb crusted turkey roast is what you need!

1 hour 6 people Main course
Lemon and herb crusted turkey roast


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  • 1 turkey roast (about 800 gram)
  • 100 gram dairy butter on room temperature + extra
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon (zest + juice)
  • handful of bread crumbs
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 500 ml poultry stock
  • 3 cloves
  • large dash of balsamic vinegar (truffle flavored)
Lemon and herb crusted turkey roast ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • small saucepan
  • food processor or small blender
  • citrus grater & juicer
  • oven
  • oven dish
  • large skillet
  • optional: thermometer


1 hour 6 people Main course

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Preparation -- 20 minutes

Make sure to get the turkey out of the fridge in advance. SEASON the turkey with pepper and salt and a thin layer of mustard. PEEL the shallots and garlic cloves and divide one of the garlic cloves into half.

Meanwhile HEAT poultry stock along with cloves and the halved garlic clove in a small saucepan and let it simmer on low heat without a lid. Let it simmer until you've reached the desired thickness.

CREATE the crust by adding parsley (without stem), shallots and 2 garlic cloves to a food processor or small blender. GRATE the peel of the lemon and squeeze the juice from the lemon.

ADD the juice and zest to the food processor or blender along with the soft butter. COMBINE until you've reached a smooth mixture and ADD a handful of bread crumbs.

SEASON with pepper and salt and set aside. 

Lemon and herb crusted turkey roast
Lemon and herb crusted turkey roast

Finishing the lemon and herb crusted turkey roast -- 40 minutes

PRE-HEAT the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. HEAT a knob of butter in a large skillet and cook the turkey on all sides until it's beautiful golden brown.

Sometimes a turkey roast is hold together with a rope, if that's the case you need to remove it now. DIVIDE the butter crust on top of the turkey. TRANSFER the turkey to an oven dish and ROAST in the oven for about half an hour.

The center should be at least 70 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) because poultry shouldn't be rosé. SEASON the poultry stock with pepper, salt and a dash of balsamic vinegar. 

REMOVE cloves and garlic clove and serve with the turkey roast. SERVE for example with Brussels sprouts and hasselback potatoes, enjoy!

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