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Let’s talk turkey

All people can think about is the holiday season. If you are hosting a Christmas dinner, you may feel a lot of pressure and still be in the planning stages of pulling off a perfect meal. 
The talk about turkey for the perfect dinner is endless. 
If you are planning on buying a turkey, you should buy it as early as possible. Birds can last up to a year in the freezer. You won’t regret picking out your ideal turkey four weeks in advance, rather than waiting until the last minute.
To make this holiday as stress-free as possible, do not wait until the last minute to make a to-do list, instead consider planning in advance.

El-Madrè Slaghuis is a traditional, family butchery, located on Ferreira Street in Mbombela. They offer top-quality meat such as beef, lamb, pork, chicken and more, at excellent prices.
At Elmadrè Butchery customers can choose from the finest South African meat and butchers are happy to cut steak, chops and legs of lamb to your order. 
Contact: 013-744-1238.

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1. Checkers
Visit Checkers at I’langa Mall for quality products at supermarket prices – including gourmet coffees, international and local wines, a world of cheese and a renowned butchery.
Turkey is a Christmas treat, but the meat can dry out pretty easily. Here is a recipe for the most tender turkey this Christmas.

• 1tbsp (30ml) olive oil
• 2 onions; peeled and finely chopped
• 1 celery stick; finely sliced
• 3 garlic cloves; peeled and crushed
• 2tsp. (10ml) rosemary; tines only, finely chopped
• 1 loaf white or brown bread; crusts removed and torn into chunks
• 50g Padkos walnuts; toasted and finely chopped
• ¼ cup (60ml) parsley; chopped
• Salt and pepper
• 1 defrosted turkey; about 4kg (reserve giblets for gravy, exclude liver)
• 2–3 cups (500–750ml) chicken stock
• 12 slices streaky bacon
• Rosemary; to garnish
• Lemon wedges; to serve

For the gravy:

• 1 onion; peeled and sliced
• 1 sprig thyme
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 cups (1L) chicken stock
• 80ml red wine
• 2tbsp (30ml) flour

1. Heat oil in a pan and sauté onions, celery, garlic and rosemary until softened.
2. Remove from heat and stir the bread chunks, walnuts, parsley through, season and set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 180°C.
4. Stuff turkey cavity and neck with bread stuffing.
5. Wrap wing tips in foil and tie the wings and the legs to secure, and keep the stuffing in.
6. Season turkey and carefully arrange the bacon on top.
7. Place turkey in a roasting pan and add chicken stock to the pan.
8. Cover with foil and roast for about 20 minutes per 500g, until ¾ cooked.
9. Remove the foil and continue to roast until the turkey juices run clear and the turkey skin and bacon are golden. Transfer turkey to a carving board, reserving the pan juices for the gravy.
10. Garnish with rosemary and serve with gravy and a squeeze of lemon.
11. To make the gravy: place giblets, onion, thyme, bay leaf and chicken stock in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 30–45 min, removing the foamy scum that rises to the surface. Strain and leave to cool slightly. Remove the fat.
12. Deglaze the turkey roasting pan with red wine and then quickly whisk in the flour to form a paste.
13. Stir through the stock, scrape the base for extra meaty bits and then simmer until the sauce thickens into smooth gravy.
14. Adjust seasoning and serve with sliced roast turkey.

Tip: Remember it can take a turkey up to two days to defrost – plan ahead.
Source: www.checkers.co.za

2. Woolworths Food
Woolworths is a respected retail chain that offers a selected range of clothing, homeware, food and financial services, all under its own brand name. Woolworths food is known for the top-quality products. Taste brings you thousands of recipes, food inspiration, news, trends, a buzzing food community and online shopping, from Woolworths.
Be sure to visit Woolworth’s website for a variety gammon products: http://www.woolworths.co.za.

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