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Christmas Dinner 2: Baked Turkey, Green Rice, and Dutch Salad

Christmas is just around the corner, the houses are already filled with lights, the children behave well waiting for Santa Claus to bring them toys and the adults we kill our heads with the Christmas menu.

Well this year you don't have to worry because we bring you a complete menu with the traditional baked turkey that you are going to love.

Tips: My first tip (and this is for life) is to buy a kitchen thermometer. It is the best investment you can make and you will make sure that your dishes (especially meat cooked in the oven or on the grill) always come out perfect.

Baked turkey and gravy


1 whole turkey (or as in the video just the breast)

beef bones

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon of cumin

your favorite coarsely cut vegetables (leek, carrot, onions, celery and garlic)

1 tablespoon of blackberry jam

This recipe is designed for 6 people, so if you want to make more or less, multiply or divide the amounts and everything will be fine.


Start the night before by cutting off the excess skin and fat from the turkey and leave it in Dry Brine, so dry the skin of the turkey with kitchen paper, place it on a rack and season with a lot of coarse salt on all sides and put it in the fridge .

We will also blanch the beef bones, you just have to put them in a source that has enough water and salt and leave them overnight in the fridge. With this you clean them of the excess of blood that they have inside them and impurities.

On the day of preparation, add 2/3 of your vegetables to a baking tray and place some of the beef bones on it as well, this will give a lot of flavor to our gravy, drizzle everything with a little olive oil, add pepper black beans and two or three bay leaves and a sprig of rosemary for flavoring. Place the rack over the vegetables and now start with the turkey.

Remove the turkey from the fridge and brush a little oil on all sides, then spread the garlic powder, cumin, and pepper mixture all over the turkey's surface. Try not to leave any empty space. Then place it on the oven tray over the vegetables and take it to the preheated oven at 120ºC for approximately 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature between 70 and 75ºC.

Meanwhile with the rest of the vegetables and beef bones we will prepare a good broth. (This is optional, if you don't want to complicate it, you can use a stock cube and prepare it in half a liter of water.

When the turkey has reached between 70 and 75ºC in the center of the breast, remove it from the oven and let it rest while we prepare our gravy.

In the same oven tray (or in a pan) over medium heat, add two tablespoons of cornstarch and mix well with the meat and vegetable juices, when there are no lumps add a glass of red wine and a tablespoon of marmalade Blackberry. cook for a couple of minutes and then add half a liter of broth. Remove the bones and cook for 3 or 4 more minutes, stirring so that it does not stick.

Strain the sauce and put it to reduce in a saucepan along with the turkey juices and a piece of butter. When you have achieved the desired texture, remove it from the heat and save it for serving time.

Green rice


Cooked white rice with a little salt

2 or 3 handfuls of parsley

1 or 2 cloves of garlic

1/3 or 1/2 cup heavy cream

a splash of olive oil


Begin by blending the parsley, heavy cream, garlic and olive oil in a blender or food processor. What you are looking for is to create a sauce as smooth as possible and then mix it with the white rice when it is still hot. Mix everything very well so that all the rice is smeared with this wonderful sauce, to finish add a tablespoon of butter that will add silkiness to the rice and reserve for the moment of serving.

Dutch Salad


Lettuce cut into 1/2-centimeter strips

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Gouda cheese (if you can't find it, use mozzarella)

4 or 5 slices of ham

4 or 5 slices of bacon, diced

2 or 3 tablespoons mayonnaise


Start by toasting the bacon in a very hot skillet over medium heat, without oil. Cut the Gouda cheese into tiny squares and do the same with the ham. Then mix all the ingredients together with the mayonnaise and reserve in the fridge.

By this time our turkey should be ready, slice it with a sharp knife and being careful not to cut your fingers (you don't want to end up in the emergency room on Christmas night) accompany it with the warm rice and the delicious salad. Bathe the turkey with the delicious gravy and voila!

From Arditos Kitchen we hope you have a fabulous Christmas with your family and friends.

As we always say:

If your plate doesn't look like our image, don't worry! We spent over 40 minutes trying to find the perfect angle for the photo.

If you don't have any of the ingredients on the list or don't like something, feel free to replace it.

This recipe is only a guide and you can adapt it to your tastes. So don't stop doing it, you will be surprised how delicious it is!

Remember: "Practice makes perfect"

You can see how we did it in this video and don't forget to subscribe to our Arditos Kitchen YouTube channel:


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