Walnut, apple and sage turkey

Ace your festive feast this season with this perfectly succulent turkey stuffed with walnuts, apples and sage.

More than 1 hour

Serves 8-10


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  • Juice (60ml) and grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 4 tsp (20ml) thyme, finely chopped 
  • 2 bay leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • 1 cup (250g) butter, melted



  • 1 packet (100g) PnP walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup (60ml) butter, melted + extra for sautéeing
  • 1½ cups (375ml) breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 Tbsp (30-45ml) sage, chopped
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • 1 (about 4kg) PnP frozen turkey, defrosted and giblets removed 



  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Combine basting ingredients and set aside.
  3. Sauté nuts, onion, apple and garlic in butter until golden, about 5-8 minutes. Cool.
  4. Mix with breadcrumbs, sage and melted butter. Season.
  5. Stuff turkey cavity with stuffing.
  6. Truss turkey and brush with basting.
  7. Roast for 20-30 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 180°C.
  8. Roast for another 30-40 minutes, basting every 15-20 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  9. Allow turkey to rest for about 10-15 minutes before carving.


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