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To cook this turkey crown from frozen, we recommend using a digital meat thermometer - check our website or ask our advisors if you need one.
Weigh your crown to calculate your cooking time - it needs approximately 30-35 minutes per 450g (lb). We also suggest you sit it at room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking - this makes it easier to unwrap. Once it's cooked, rest rest it for at least 30 minutes, to make it even more juicy. Add all these times together and work backwards from when you want to serve up, to see when to switch your oven on.
When you're ready to go, preheat the oven to 220°C / Fan 200°C / Gas 7, and place an oven shelf in the bottom third. Remove your crown from the freezer and sit in its packaging for 20 minutes at room temperature. Unwrap your crown and place it on top of a roasting rack inside a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Cook for 1 hour, trying not to open the oven door or let out too much heat.
After this time the crown should be starting to turn golden.
Carefully take your crown out of the oven, closing the door to retain the heat, and do your first temperature check. Insert the temperature probe into the meatiest part of the breast, leaving it in place for at least 10 seconds to get an accurate reading. If it reads below 74°C (it almost certainly will at this stage), it needs further cooking.
Add a couple of glasses of liquid to the tray - white wine, chicken stock or water, according to taste. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and return to the oven.
Repeat the temperature test every 10-15 minutes after that - if it's close to 74°C, check it sooner. Remember, all ovens vary! If the crown is getting too
brown, cover loosely with tinfoil. For the final temperature test, check a few places on the breast, including close to, but not touching, the bone.
When each point reaches 74°C, remove the crown from the oven, cover loosley with tinfoil and leave to rest in a warm place for at least 30 minutes before
carving. Use this time to complete your veg and gravy.
Pour yourself a glass of something tasty, serve up, and enjoy!
Thaw your turkey crown in the fridge.
Defrosting time: 7-10 hours per 500g equals a defrosting time of approximate 24 hours.
Before cooking, thoroughly rinse your defrosted crown and gently pat dry with kitchen paper. Allow to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes - this will help with even cooking.
Place the Crown in a large roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Add half a cup of water to the tin; this will keep the meat moist during cooking.
3 Cooking temperatures and times.
Weigh your Crown to calculate the exact cooking time required.
1. Preheat oven (non-fan assisted) to 230ºC/Gas 8
2. Cook for 30 minutes
3. Reduce oven temperature to 180º/360ºF/Gas 4
4. Cook for further 15-18 minutes per 450g (lb)
30-45 Minutes Small Crown
45-60 Minutes Medium Crown
Be careful not to overcook as this will make the meat dry and tough!
Chef's tip: To keep the meat moist and to enhance the roasting flavours, baste with butter 2-3 times during the cooking time.
How to test when your turkey is ready:
Insert a meat thermometer, when it reads 65-70ºC you know it's cooked.
Once your Crown is cooked it is vitally important to let it rest. Remove the Crown from oven, tent loosely with foil and rest for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Resting is as important as cooking, as it allows the meat to become moist and tender all the way through. Reserve any juices to make your gravy.
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89% of customers liked this product (9 reviews)
||Was delicious! Will definitely order again.|
||Good size and succulent. Plenty for 6|
||This portion of turkey was just as moist as when we purchased a whole turkey with lots less waste. It was the perfect proportion for the five of us on Christmas day with some left over for sandwiches.|
||Very tasty and enjoyable sufficient|
||Great taste, great quality, good and clear cooking instructions.|
||Excellent; easy to cook and perfect for small parties of up to 8 people.|
||A good Christmas meal which we enjoyed. Sprouts were hard and watery, though!|
||Tasty and very easy to prepare, there was no waste.|
||Turkey crown was delicious. Not so sure about the sprouts with bacon, but that could just be me.|
||We thoroughly enjoyed all the items over the festive period. We have never been disappointed with the food we have ordered.|
||Lovely price and plenty of meat on this medium size turkey crown. Xmas was perfect, thank you again Donald Russell|
||Crown excellent very tender and tasty|
||Outstanding! Do you need more?|
||The turkey crown was tender, good flavour and easy to carve. However, the sprouts and parsnips were disappointing, the parsnips were stringy and sprouts soft and bitter. The red cabbage was fine. Back to the chopping board next Christmas I fear!|
||It tasted perfect. Plenty of meat on the turkey crown. Parsnips very tasty, Personally not keen on red cabbage but the rest of the family enjoyed it.|
||Super flavour, moist, no waste, just perfect|
||See main comment. Super succulent meat.|
||It fed five hungry people, and was quite delicious|
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