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Planning your Christmas Dinner with thanks to Corrib Deli

By Corrib Oil | 18th December 2018

Does the thoughts of preparing Christmas Dinner leave your head in a spin?  Well, this handy blog from our Chefs Peter & Loretta should leave you feeling calm and organized.

• Order your turkey and ham in advance from a trusted butcher.
• Bear in mind when ordering how many people you are catering for. A Good rule is allow a  12 lbs turkey for 8 people.
• Plan your shopping and have a total budget which includes vegetables, sauces, dessert and wine.
• You can serve red wine with Turkey but many find it too heavy and opt for a Pinot Grigio or a Chardonnay. Corrib Oil have a fantastic selection of wines at great prices.
• When you start to cook remember good hygiene is essential. Proper cooking will kill any bacteria but you risk spreading bacteria while cooking.
• The turkey should be handled as little as possible. Unpack it directly onto a roasting tray.
• Don’t wash it as this can spread bacteria. Always wash your hands and dry with a clean towel.

How long will it take to cook?

• Using a fan assisted preheated oven at 180°C, your 12lb turkey will be cooked in 3 hrs 48 minutes but remember to take into account of different ovens and stuffed turkeys take longer.
• Many will have  tips on how to prepare the turkey but my favourite is streaky bacon on the body of the turkey and lightly season it before placing in the oven.
• Cover loosely with foil and baste every hour.
• You now have time to look at your potatoes and vegetables.
• I always go for brussels sprouts and a puree of carrots & parsnips along with roast & creamed potatoes.
• Everyone will be different and these jobs are ideal to divide out so the main chef can take a quick break.
• To test if cooked pierce the thickest part of the breast meat (between the leg and breast) with a clean fork or skewer. If there is no pink meat and the juices are running clear we are good to go.
• If the turkey is stuffed, allow extra cooking time and check that the stuffing itself is piping hot all the way through to the centre.
• If you are cooking a boned and rolled turkey or a turkey crown, then follow the cooking advice of 20 minutes per pound plus an extra 20 minutes at the end.

Timing is key so allow the time for cooking vegetables to be ready when the turkey is coming out of the oven.
Have another family member in charge of setting the table and doing some nice decorations.

Well done this is your moment, carve up and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Remember at all times good cooking practices are essential so more details are available here. 

If all this is too much why not try our delicious Turkey & Ham dinner available every day for December (excluding Christmas Day) for only €6.49 with your loyalty key.

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