Christmas at Donald Russell

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Cooked TurkeyA delicious roast turkey dinner, surrounded by all the trimmings really epitomises the festive season. Ours are the finest free-range turkeys, from the Loué farmers of France, and you will not be disappointed! Complete your feast with our butchers’ finest hand made meaty chipolatas, pigs in blankets and sausagemeat for the stuffing.
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To download our printable turkey cooking guide Click Here. For our head Chef's 'how to' videos, see below.

Before cooking: Gently pat dry your defrosted turkey with kitchen paper and allow to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes - this will help it cook evenly.
Weigh your bird to calculate the exact cooking time required.

We recommend you cook your turkey unstuffed as being stuffed lengthens the cooking time. Instead stuff the cavity with 2-3 peeled and halved onions and bunch of herbs eg. thyme, marjoram and parsley for extra flavour.

Weigh your bird to calculate the exact cooking time required.
1. Preheat oven to 230ºC/450ºF/Gas 8. Place the turkey in a large roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Pour a cup of water into the tin to keep the bird moist during cooking.
2. Cook the turkey in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes
3. Reduce oven temperature to 180ºC/360ºF/Gas 4 and continue to cook for a further 15-18 minutes per 450g (lb)
4. Baste occasionally and be careful not to overcook!

Test for doneness:
Piece the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer; if the juices run clear, the turkey is cooked. Alternatively use a meat thermometer inserted into the leg. When it reads 70- 75ºC, your bird is cooked. The thigh should remain soft when pressed.

Once cooked, it’s vital to let your turkey rest before carving. Remove it from the oven, cover loosely with foil and rest for at least 30 minutes, to make it moist and tender all the way through. Keep any juices for the gravy.

Chef's Tip: You can rest your bird in a warm oven (without fan) at 60ºC for up to 60 minutes. This will allow you time to get all your trimmings and accompaniments ready and will reduce stress for the cook.

Leftovers: For tips on what to do with your leftovers, read our blog post Here

How to Roast Turkey video

This instructional video shows just how easy it is to roast one of our turkeys. Our Head Chef gives his advice on defrosting methods, rinsing, seasoning and stuffings.

Specific cooking times and temperatures are covered, as are how to check your bird is cooked.

The ultimate guide on how to carve turkey from Donald Russell, the online butcher.

Head Chef Stefan describes the ideal method for carving turkey from his test kitchen in Inverurie.

How to Carve Turkey video

Alternative Main Courses

Carvery Rib RoastIf you want to add more choice to your Christmas dinner table or simply fancy a change from turkey, we have plenty of choices for an alternative festive main course.

From stunning centrepiece roasts to luxurious en croûtes; we've got something to suit everyone

Our Most Popular Alternatives

Bring to room temperatureEasy Carve Roasts
Our butchers have skilfully pared the meat from the bone, and tied it back on, ready to roast. You get all the presentation and flavour of a bone-in joint, with easy carving – simply snip the strings, lift the meat off the bones, and slice!

Preheat & searSlow Cooked Roasts
Get perfectly cooked, deeply flavoured, fall-apart tender meat every time, guaranteed! Our chefs have patiently cooked these old-fashioned roasts for hours on end - you just pop them in the oven from frozen.

Cook to your likingFestive Birds
As well as the traditional turkey, we also have deliciously tender cuts of free-range chicken and duck for you to tuck into throughout the season. Or try our old-fashioned goose – rich and tasty when roasted. We’ve even got game birds, if you’re looking for ‘a partridge in a pear tree’…!

RestEn Croûtes
If you want a luxurious main course, but don’t want to spend all your time slaving away in the kitchen, our range of en croûtes provide the perfect solution. Hand made using the finest salmon, centre cut beef fillet and other ingredients, all wrapped up in golden, buttery pastry.

Serve your meatBone in Roasts
Dramatic centrepiece roasts for a 'wow' at the table with superb on-the-bone flavour. Need we say more…?

Party Food

Beef Mini Pot RoastsWe all love a party. Friends, music, drinks and nibbles. But who feels like spending hours at the cooker when they want to entertain? Don't worry, we're here to help with some perfect canapés and party food so that you can focus on making sure your guests are enjoying themselves.

It’s all designed to be simply baked in the oven, usually straight from frozen, or occasionally pan fried for extra crispiness. And of course, we insist on using only the very finest ingredients, which can’t do anything other than deliver great flavour. So here are our tips for making sure you enjoy yourself as much as your guests:

• Keep everything easy to handle – people will probably have a drink in one hand and want to eat with the other, so while your speciality casserole might be absolutely delicious, it’s probably not going to be the easiest to juggle. And spare ribs won’t be so popular when the sticky sauce is all over your guests’ party clothes!

Our suggestions: Chicken Lollipops, Canapé Pastry Bites, Spicy Chicken Wings


• Include some food that’s best served cold. . This can be arranged in advance and simply left on platters throughout the evening. Keep some back in the fridge so you can replenish the platters with nice fresh snacks as they get eaten. Cut slices of buttered rye bread into quarters and pile high with smoked salmon and soured cream, or salt beef, mustard and dill pickles.

Our suggestions: Traditional Game Pie, Chicken & Ham Pie or Mini Pork Pies, Ultimate Gravadlax

• Stagger your dishes. s. If some food is better served hot, don’t put it all out at the beginning of the night. Prepare a batch of baked goods together, to present at the start of the evening while you’re busy welcoming guests, taking coats and making introductions.

Our suggestions: Mini Ham Croissants, Canapé Quiches, Mini Artisan Sausage Rolls


• Later, when everyone has settled in, nip through to the kitchen to fry up some crunchy treats, and hand them round while they’re still hot to get the best oohs and aahs! You can spear things with cocktail sticks and hand them round together with a bowl of dip, so people can dunk as they go.

Our suggestions: Mini Fish Cakes, Crispy Burger Bites, Mini Steak Burgers

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• Include something sweet. Sweet treats go down particularly well with designated drivers, who are often drinking sweet juices or cups of coffee – or maybe, your guests will simply have a sweet tooth.

Our suggestions: Miniature Patisserie Selection

So there you are - all the ingredients to turn your bash into a banquet, while making sure you get to enjoy yourself too!

Now, where’s that fizz?

Here to help...

We will be delivering Tuesday to Saturday throughout the festive season until the 23nd of December. (Saturday delivery is postcode applicable).

Please Note: Whole turkeys and larger roasts require up to 72 hours to defrost.

Festive Opening Hours

We’re here to help you achieve your perfect Christmas, and are only a phone call away. Our friendly advisers are ready to assist with everything from helping you put together your ideal Christmas menu, to cooking and carving advice. After a short break for Christmas dinner, we’re back on Boxing Day, should you need any suggestions for what to do with your leftover turkey!

Call us on 01467 629666

Date Day Opening Times
23/11/2015 Monday 7am - 9pm
24/11/2015 Tuesday 7am - 9pm
25/11/2015 Wednesday 7am - 9pm
26/11/2015 Thursday 7am - 9pm
27/11/2015 Friday 7am - 9pm
28/11/2015 Saturday 8am - 5pm
29/11/2015 Sunday 9am - 5pm
30/11/2015 Monday 7am - 9pm
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02/12/2015 Wednesday 7am - 9pm
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04/12/2015 Friday 7am - 9pm
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