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Christmas turkey leg

 12 ratings

Prep Time:20 mins

Cooking Time:150 mins

Serves:8 Adults

Christmas turkey leg

A turkey leg is a great option if you're planning a smaller Christmas dinner.


  • 1 x 2.5 kg turkey leg
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 250g low-fat spread
  • Salt & pepper
  • ½ tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees c.
  2. Remove the turkey leg from the fridge and bring up to room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Next, pat the turkey leg dry with a paper towel.
  4. Mix the low-fat spread together with the dried herbs and garlic. Massage it all over the turkey leg, getting in under the skin if possible, then sprinkle from a height with sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Secure the leg together with some string, this keeps it from spreading out, keeping it nice and moist.
  6. Grease a baking tray with the olive oil and place the turkey leg on top.
  7. Place in the oven at 200 degrees C for 15 minutes before reducing the temperature down to 180 degrees C and cooking for a further 2 hours, basting with the juices regularly.
  8. To check it’s cooked, stick a knife into the thickest part of the thigh – if the juices run clear, it is fully cooked. Alternatively you could also use a meat thermometer. You want to reach an internal temperature of 72ºC.
  9. Serve and enjoy with all of the trimmings.

What you will need

  • Baking tray

Serving suggestions

For the healthiest way to enjoy this meal, remove the skin from the turkey leg before serving.

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