Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
For the stuffing
Preheat the oven to 220°C, 425°F, Gas 7.
To make the stuffing, put the bacon pieces, breadcrumbs, walnuts, onion, parsley and black pepper in a bowl, stir in the beaten egg and bind together. Set aside. Arrange two large sheets of foil across a turkey roasting tin, one across the other. Lay the turkey on the foil and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Cut off any fat from the bacon rashers and lay it across the turkey breast with the rashers overlapping.
Place the shallots around the turkey, then wrap the bird in the foil, making a parcel with an airspace above it. Ensure the corners are firmly sealed to retain the moisture.
Cook the turkey in the preheated oven for 3- 31⁄2 hours (depending on the weight of the bird). Roast the stuffing separately in the preheated oven at the same time as you roast the potatoes and parsnips.
To test if the turkey is cooked, pierce the thickest part of the leg with a skewer or the point of a sharp knife – the juices should run clear. If not, return to the oven for a further 15 minutes then test again. When cooked, remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a tent of foil and leave in a warm place to rest. Remove the bacon rashers before carving.
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