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PISTACHIO AND LEMON BUTTER
- 2 slices white sandwich bread, torn
- 1 cup fresh coriander leaves
- ½ cup pistachio kernels
- 1 tblsp Moroccan seasoning
- 125g butter, chopped, at room temperature
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tsps finely grated lemon rind
- 2 tblsps lemon juice
GRAVY (Makes 3 cups)
- 3 cups salt-reduced chicken stock
- ¾ cup dry white wine
- ¼ cup jellied cranberry sauce
- ½ cup chicken gravy powder
To make butter, place bread, coriander, pistachios and seasoning in a food processor. Pulse to form a coarse paste. Add remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Process until combined.
Place the turkey on a clean board. Pat dry with absorbent kitchen paper. Gently slide your fingers under the skin of each breast to form a pocket, without tearing skin. Fill the pockets evenly with butter mixture. Secure closed with toothpicks.
Place turkey upright in a greased, large, flame-proof roasting pan. Brush melted butter over the skin. Season with salt and pepper. Cover pan with greased foil.
Cook in a moderately slow oven (160C) for 3 hours. Remove pan. Discard foil. Brush pan juices over turkey. Return uncovered to oven.
Cook for about 15 minutes, or until juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the breast. Transfer turkey to a large tray. Rest, loosely covered with foil, for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, make gravy. Combine stock, wine and cranberry sauce in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until combined. Bring to boil. Whisking continuously, sprinkle over gravy powder. Return to boil. Gently boil for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until thickened. Season with pepper. Transfer to a heatproof jug.
Just before serving, pour any resting juices from turkey into gravy. Microwave on High in 30 second bursts, until hot. Transfer to a serving jug.
Serve turkey with gravy. Garnish with pomegranate quarters and bay leaves.