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Behind the Half Door Christmas Special: Whiskey + Salted Maple Butter Roast Turkey

Posted by Kady Oconnell on

Behind the Half Door Christmas Special: Whiskey + Salted Maple Butter Roast Turkey

We have a very special Christmas treat just for you! Kady and Biddy, authors of Behind the Half Door - Stories of Food and folk cookbook are giving us a sneak peak into the Christmas section of their new book. We hope you enjoy and you can find out more about this delicious hardback book here.


  • 1 x 5kg whole organic or free-range turkey, neck and giblets removed, at room temperature
  • 270g butter, chopped
  • ½ cup (125ml) maple syrup
  • ½ cup (125ml) Jameson whiskey
  • sea salt flakes, to taste


Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Rinse the turkey under

cold water. Using paper towel, pat both the inside

and outside of the turkey dry. Place the turkey on a lightly greased rack set over a large roasting pan.

Place the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the maple, whiskey and a pinch of salt and stir to combine until melted and smooth. Allow to cool a little.

Working from the neck of the turkey, carefully push your hands under the skin to separate it from the flesh, until you reach the end of the breast. Rub three-quarters of the butter mixture under the skin. Baste the entire turkey with the remaining butter mixture.

Cover the turkey loosely with non-stick baking paper and place in the middle of the oven. Roast for 2 hours, basting every 20 minutes. Remove the baking paper and roast for a further 1 hour 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through (the juices should run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced).

Cover with aluminium foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving.

 Kady has written and photographed cookery books for eminent chefs and clients all over the world and is obsessive in her search for new tastes. Co-author of Irish cookbook Behind the Half Door: Stories of Food and Folk, she lives and breathes food. Kady will be sharing a new recipe with us each week based on nutritional and tasty Irish flavours.