Gilded Saffron and Butter Basted Roast Turkey With Herb Garland
230 mins (prep 10, cooking 220)
11 ingredients
1 servings
Gilding is a 15th Century novelty - originally gold leaf was applied to decorate meat and poultry that was served at Christmas, as well as other feasts and festivals! This is a wonderful way of serving your traditional roast turkey - and with a saffron and butter basted gilded effect, NOT using gold leaf I hasten to add - but still achieving a deep golden gilded finish. If you cannot get any saffron, you could use just a little turmeric instead - but be careful as it has a very pervasive flavour! Bring this 15th century art back to your modern dining table this Christmas - and enjoy a wonderful moist butter basted roast turkey at the same time. Please try to source an organic, free-range or home-reared turkey – such as a Bronze or Heritage turkey; you will be doing your bit to support a traditional and more humanitarian way of rearing these lovely birds, as well as gaining a much better taste and flavour! NB: If you can get hold of edible gold dusting powder, you can sprinkle some of that on to the turkey before serving, for an extra sparkle! Joyeuses Fetes – Merry Christmas!

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Serving Size (96.05 g)
Servings 1
Amount per Serving
Calories 625.46 Calories from Fat 624.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 69.4g 106.77%
Saturated Fat 43.8g 219.01%
Trans Fat 2.79g %
Cholesterol 182.86mg 60.95%
Sodium 548.02mg 22.83%
Total Carbohydrate 3.8g 1.27%
Dietary Fiber 1.32 g 5.26%
Sugars 0.05 g %
Protein 1.1g 2.21%
Vitamin A 2434.65IU% Vitamin C 2.33mg%
Calcium 62.11mg% Iron 2.17mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
softened butter, fresh thyme, small, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, kitchen twine