Our best ever turkey crown recipes

Serve up a classic roast turkey on Christmas Day without any fuss. Our easy turkey crown recipes make a stunning centrepiece for a smaller crowd.

Roast dinner on plate with cutlery

Serve up the ultimate Christmas dinner roast with minimal effort. Our spectacular turkey crowns cook quicker than a whole turkey, are great if you have fewer people and don't require expert carving knowledge. Whether you want to brine it, stuff it or wrap it in bacon, these splendid festive recipes are all stunners. Embrace the idea of an easy Christmas and adorn your festive table with one of these brilliant birds. 

Get all the tips you need on how to cook a turkey crown with our easy-to-follow guide. 

Easy turkey crown 

Turkey crown with slice taken on platter
Our easiest ever turkey crown is inspired by another Christmas classic, using the same sticky honey-mustard glaze normally reserved for ham. It adds flavour and colour to your turkey as well as being lightly spiced. The caramelised glaze also keeps your turkey golden brown and juicy, and delivers a great balance of sweet and savoury. Serving four to six people, this is ideal for a cosy family dinner. 

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Turkey crown kiev

Turkey crown on white platter
This succulent turkey crown kiev is filled with rich garlic butter sauce for an extra special Christmas treat. Make two pockets between the skin and meat and use a piping bag to fill with garlic butter. Serve with crunchy breadcrumbs made from a crusty loaf of ciabatta, baguette or sourdough.

Turkey crown with roast garlic & pancetta

Turkey crown wrapped in bacon with roasted garlic
We'll make no bones about it – our turkey crown with roasted garlic & pancetta is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. If you're prepared to go the extra mile, try making your gravy from the juices in your roasting tin. This will give it great depth of flavour and a richness you can only get by making gravy from scratch. 

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Easy smoked turkey crown

Smoked turkey crown on a plate with herbs

Give Christmas dinner a special twist by smoking your turkey crown using dry-fried wood chips. Simply roast the turkey in a paprika and herb baste then cover, along with the parcel of chippings, and allow those beautiful smoky flavours to infuse. Even if you miss out the smoking step, this will still yield a moist, succulent roast.

Thyme & garlic turkey crown

Roast turkey crown served with lemon halves and bacon stuffing balls

Despite using only five ingredients, this turkey crown is bursting with lots of meaty, herby, citrus flavour. Season the bird with a Mediterranean-style blend of lemon, garlic and thyme, then ideally leave it overnight to marinate. Cooked in rich buttery juices, this super simple turkey will come out of the oven beautifully golden and moist.

Healthy roast turkey crown

Whole turkey on an oval plate with roast parsnips and herbs

If you're trying to avoid overindulging on the big day, then our healthy roast turkey crown is the perfect lighter option. Flavoured with orange juice, thyme, soy sauce and a hint of honey, this dish still delivers on big flavours without being too rich. Roast your parsnips and carrots along with the turkey so they soak up some of the sweet glaze.

Turkey crown with chestnut truffle stuffing

Turkey crown with roast potatoes and garlic on platter
Our turkey crown with chestnut truffle stuffing uses all the tricks of the trade to create a mouth-watering Christmas main with minimal effort. Along with the delicious stuffing, the brine keeps the meat from drying out. Try pairing with our garlic roast potatoes for a plate packed with flavour. It also makes delicious sandwiches on Boxing Day, if there are any leftovers. 

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Brined roast turkey crown

Turkey crown and legs on serving plate
Never suffer through another slice of dry turkey again. The method for our brined roast turkey crown with tender confit legs is a surefire way to achieve the juicy meat everyone longs for. The mix of traditional herbs with a zesty citrus kick in the dry brine is irresistible. 

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