Christmas Bonanza | Morton’s Norfolk Turkey

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year – you totally just sang that after reading it, didn’t you? Today I’m here with something that I believe everyone should have at Christmas – turkey. Quite honestly, if you don’t have a Morton’s turkey, or any turkey for that matter, at Christmas who even are you?

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For me it’s literally the centre of everything Christmas food related and a duck or a goose just isn’t going to cut it for me. I know, I know, it’s not the ‘traditional bird’ but it’s so good I don’t know why you wouldn’t have it on your plate at least once over the festive period. I mean.. you can’t exactly make a good boxing day curry with leftover goose, can you? Can you over/under cook a goose like you can a turkey? Can you make a good gravy with goose? Ok, maybe you can but I much prefer a nice meaty, turkey gravy.

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Morton’s are actually very close to home as they’re based in Norfolk and they produce some of the most delicious free-range turkeys around. I recently received a Norfolk Bronze turkey ahead of Christmas and I went full out and cooked a stunning mid-week roast with it – we had some of the trimmings but not all, I’ll save those for Christmas day.

It was delivered to my door by courier (winner!) in insulated packaging and a box, although you do have the option to collect if you’re relatively close by. There were instructions on how to store it until you cook it and I couldn’t wait for the right day to get this glorious bird into the oven.

Morton’s Traditional Taste Free Range Norfolk Bronze Turkey

The Morton family have been in Norfolk since 1941 but it was in 1998 that they began to specialise in the production of free range and organic poultry. The family are now in their third generation and have been rearing traditional, farm fresh Christmas turkeys for the past 15 years.

Around 800-1500 free range turkeys are reared and are all sold directly to people like you and me at their farm gate, online or by mail order. The range includes Norfolk Bronze, Norfolk Black and Norfolk geese and chickens. They’re not looking to mass produce but aim to offer customers a truly free range turkey that’s been produced in a time honoured fashion.

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The Norfolk Bronze turkey I received was absolutely huge. I genuinely didn’t think it was going to fit in my oven but after a bit of shelf shuffling and manoeuvring I got it settled in nicely. I cooked it for almost 4 hours and I can’t even begin to tell you how much meat I pulled off – it was around 3 big platefuls. That’s just one of the things I love about having a whole bird rather than a crown – you get all the meat, white and dark and you don’t miss out on any of the good flavours that comes from the legs.

I think it helps that Morton’s dry-pluck by hand and then leave them to hang in their salt chamber. They’ve specially imported Himalayan salt blocks to create a hanging chamber where the turkeys can mature for a much richer flavour and I think it’s this, coupled with slow growth and free-range life, that really sets Morton’s turkeys apart from anything you could buy in the supermarket.

Using The Whole Turkey

Ok, so you’ve dished up a big Christmas dinner but what do you do with the leftovers? I love using the richer, dark meat of turkeys in curry and I have two seriously delicious boxing day curry recipes for you to try this year.

I mean, after you’ve entered the giveaway below to win your very own Norfolk Bronze in the Christmas Bonanza, you’ll be needing them for the magnificent leftovers. Happy carving!

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Curry (serves 2)

Ingredients
  1. Enough leftover turkey to serve you both (preferably dark meat)
  2. 2tbsps curry paste (korma works best, but it’s up to you!)
  3. 100g red split lentils
  4. 1 x tin of coconut milk
  5. 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  6. 300ml chicken stock (or turkey stock if you have it!)
Method
  • Chop the sweet potato into small chunks, probably no bigger than your thumbnail – if you want bigger chunks then you may need to parboil before adding them to the dish.
  • Add the sweet potato chunks to a large pan and coat with the curry paste.
  • Add the lentils, coat and mix well with the potatoes and paste.
  • Pour all of the stock into the pan along with the whole tin of coconut milk.
  • Once the potatoes and lentils are cooked through and are soft add in your turkey (remember it’s already cooked so you will only need to heat it through)
  • Serve with some fragrant rice, naan bread or enjoy on its own!

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Turkey Masala (serves 4-8)

Ingredients
  1. 1kg of turkey
  2. 3 medium onions (chopped or processed)
  3. 1 inch finely chopped/grated ginger
  4. 3-4 cloves finely chopped/minced garlic
  5. 5-7tbsp oil/ghee
  6. 1tsp cumin seeds
  7. 2-3 bay leaves
  8. 2 cinnamon sticks
  9. 4 black (or 6 green) cardamoms
  10. 2tsp ground coriander
  11. 2tsp ground cumin
  12. 1tsp turmeric (level)
  13. 1/2-1tsp chilli powder (level, depending on how hot you like it)
  14. 1 level tsp garam masala (level)
  15. Salt (to taste)
  16. 4tbsp plain yoghurt
  17. 120g pureed tin tomatoes
  18. 250ml water
Method
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add whole spices.
  • When the cumin seeds start to crackle, add the onions and fry on a high heat. Stir continuously until golden brown.
  • Lower the heat and add your garlic. Mix well and then add ginger.
  • Add coriander, cumin and salt to mix in.
  • Add turmeric and chilli powder. Saute until everything is coated well.
  • Lower the heat once again and add your yoghurt a couple of spoonfuls at a time.
  • Once that’s all blended in, turn the heat back up and add your tomatoes.
  • Mix well until the oil starts to separate slightly and then add your water.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add your leftover turkey and heat through for around 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle over your garam masala, mix well and serve with rice and/or naan bread.

Win A Morton’s Traditional Taste Norfolk Bronze Turkey

If you’d like to taste a Morton’s Norfolk Bronze turkey for yourself then look no further than my Christmas Bonanza. I’m giving one away to one lucky reader of the blog which is super exciting! If you can’t wait to get your turkey or any of your other poultry for Christmas then why not order yours on the Morton’s website now!

*See yesterday’s giveaway here*

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  • This competition will open on 11th November and will close on 8th December at 11.59pm
  • One winner will be selected at random
  • One winner will receive ONE ‘Norfolk Bronze Turkey’ from Morton’s Traditional Taste
  • You must be a UK resident aged 18 or over
  • No cash alternative will be offered
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  • The winner will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email
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  • Please allow up to 28 days for delivery

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98 Comments

  1. jennifer jackson
    November 17, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Turkey

  2. Emma Walton
    November 17, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Roast turkey breast and also gammon.

  3. Vivien Baird
    November 16, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Turkey with all the trimmings

  4. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 16, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Turkey with all the trimmings

  5. barbara daniels
    November 16, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    that woudl be roast goose, which has always been a fave of ours and a tradition in our family. its very delish

  6. barbara daniels
    November 16, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    that woudl be roast goose, which has always been a fave of ours and a tradition

  7. Victoria N
    November 15, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Turkey or beef

  8. Kelly Hirst
    November 15, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I have to have Turkey at Xmas! Love it with the dinner and the leftovers in a sandwich

  9. Tom Morrison
    November 15, 2017 / 1:05 am

    My favourite meat is Turkey

  10. Sharon H
    November 15, 2017 / 12:27 am

    We honestly always have a Norfolk Bronze Turkey

  11. lyn west
    November 14, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I do enjoy my roast turkey with all the trimmings

  12. lorraine kirk
    November 14, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I like turkey but really look forward to the honey roast ham on boxing day

  13. Judith Allen
    November 14, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    How can I not say turkey? Though if there are only 2 of us then chicken is fine. I do like turkey and all the trimmings.

  14. Samantha Mann
    November 13, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    You can not have turkey on christmas day! ITs soon wrong to have anything else (Grand daughter of a butcher!… Was)

  15. cheryl hadfield
    November 13, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    has to be turkey

  16. Irene Jackson
    November 13, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    We have a turkey and a small gammon joint for Christmas dinner every year and wouldn’t change it for anything.

  17. Jo Hutchinson
    November 13, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    My favourite meat to have at Christmas is turkey

  18. Laura Cooper
    November 13, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Definitely turkey. But I did do very nice lamb last year for a change.

  19. charlotte
    November 13, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    its not christmas without it being turkey! and sandwiches for tea too 😛

  20. katrina walsh
    November 13, 2017 / 10:30 am

    traditional turkey with all the trimmings x x

  21. Hannah Harrison
    November 13, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Turkey is the best!

  22. Jodie W
    November 13, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Turkey, i love the dark meat which is good because no one else seems to so i get it all!!

  23. christine szlobodnik
    November 13, 2017 / 3:28 am

    Turkey! 😀 nom nom xx

  24. Brad Start
    November 12, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    It has to be a traditional turkey for us at Christmas, admittedly we also serve pigs-in-blankets with it.

  25. Andrea Upton
    November 12, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Definitely turkey

  26. Cathryn Crawshaw
    November 12, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Turkey for me

  27. Hannah Rowley
    November 12, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    We always have Turkey

  28. Paul Sahl
    November 12, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Turkey for us

  29. Mark R
    November 12, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    It has to be a big turkey – with plenty of meat for next couple of days.

  30. Sheena Batey
    November 12, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Turkey.It’s traditional and Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

  31. Hannah Lord
    November 12, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Its got to be turkey at Christmas! delicious and juicy hot with gravy and then of course the sliced turkey sandwiches for Boxing Day, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it

  32. Helen Adams
    November 12, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I always have traditional turkey

  33. Becky John
    November 12, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    We have turkey and pork as we love them with all the trimmings.

  34. Tracy Newton
    November 12, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    It would not be a Christmas without turkey and all the trimmings . I really would not have it any other way.

  35. Lorraine Stone
    November 12, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Turkey all the way!!!

  36. Angie McDonald
    November 12, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I like to have roast beef

  37. Katie
    November 12, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    turkey

  38. Lisa Parker
    November 12, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    We always have Turkey for Christmas dinner as the whole family love it x

  39. Kim Neville
    November 12, 2017 / 10:39 am

    We love our Turkey with all the trimmings

  40. Ray Dodds
    November 12, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Beef

  41. William Gould
    November 12, 2017 / 9:20 am

    We always buy a turkey crown – we get a big one, cut it in half length-ways and save the other half for Easter Sunday lunch!

  42. Jodie A Green
    November 12, 2017 / 9:09 am

    were traditional turkey here :)

  43. Lynn Heath
    November 12, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Turkey! It we do always cook a big ham too!

  44. catherine spencer
    November 12, 2017 / 7:04 am

    Got to be turkey, wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without it x

  45. Angela Fitzjohn
    November 12, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Definately has to be turkey.

  46. Fiona Paley
    November 11, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    We usually have turkey and gammon. I do like having 2 options and it also makes leftovers less repetitive.

  47. sherri Hough
    November 11, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Turkey on christmas day and gammon on boxing day

  48. David Nicolson
    November 11, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Love turkey and for me it is best done the traditional way

  49. Jules Eley
    November 11, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    The husband likes turkey but the kids like beef

  50. Angela Treadway
    November 11, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Well actually we usually have chicken as we feel its less dry than turkey and we do a bacon joint. It doesnt have to be traditional, you can make your own traditions. We do like turkey tho x

  51. Bernie tyrrell
    November 11, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    A traditional roast turkey

  52. Frances Sunshine Hopkins
    November 11, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Got to be Turkey x

  53. Carolyn Heyworth
    November 11, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Turkey for me !

  54. fiona waterworth
    November 11, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    traditional turkey

  55. Fay
    November 11, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Its definitely a turkey for me but my other half isn’t a big fan

  56. Solange
    November 11, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Turkey

  57. Vicky Cole
    November 11, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Turkey is definitely my favourite, I like to get an extra large one so there’s plenty left over for turkey sandwiches

  58. laura banks
    November 11, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    we always have a turkey

  59. Becky Duffy
    November 11, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Definitely turkey for us! We like to keep it traditional

  60. helen tovell
    November 11, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Turkey for us

  61. pete c
    November 11, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    enjoy both turkey and lamb

  62. Martina Pichova
    November 11, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    traditional turkey

  63. bel smyth
    November 11, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    If we can afford a turkey then we will have that and if not (more often than not) we have gammon

  64. Rachel Craig
    November 11, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Turkey.

  65. Lorna Ledger
    November 11, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Turkey , with stuffing, and bread sauce, yum! Can’t wait!

  66. Jean Cassell
    November 11, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Turkey

  67. maria blythin
    November 11, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    traditional roast turkey dinner x

  68. Rena Plumridge
    November 11, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Most defiantly turkey

  69. Josie Bicknell
    November 11, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a nice fresh turkey

  70. Rose Stephenson
    November 11, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I love goose.

  71. Emma Nixon
    November 11, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Christmas day it has to be the traditional turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce

  72. Lyndsey Cooksey
    November 11, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

  73. Ren Taylor
    November 11, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    We always have a turkey as there are lots of us but I would love to have a goose one year

  74. Fiona King
    November 11, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Roast chicken

  75. glenn hutton
    November 11, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    The turkey – now I know how to cook it without it being too dry! :)

  76. christine shelley
    November 11, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    I like turkey, its tradition!

  77. jane berrow
    November 11, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I love turkey for Christmas

  78. Margaret Clarkson
    November 11, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    We usually have turkey but occasionally have roast beef.

  79. Jisoo
    November 11, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Hosting my 1st xmas dinner so it has to be a turkey, if not I’ll be cooking 3 whole chickens!! I am in panic mode already.

  80. abigail edkins
    November 11, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    It can only be turkey in our house

  81. Cherry Edwards
    November 11, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I like roast lamb for my Christmas dinner, but turkey and beef are my other favourite meats.

  82. Helen B
    November 11, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Goose but there are not enough of us to warrant the price

  83. Ann Willers
    November 11, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Has to be turkey golden and crispy skin

  84. Margaret GALLAGHER
    November 11, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    We have 3 turkey ham and lamb!
    Wouldn’t be Christmas without all three

  85. Lesley Walsh
    November 11, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    This turkey would be fabulous for Christmas Day

  86. stuart payne
    November 11, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Turkey or a cooked ham

  87. Hayley Atkins
    November 11, 2017 / 11:41 am

    We always have a traditional turkey with all the trimmings!

  88. Bev
    November 11, 2017 / 11:40 am

    I adore turkey – huge fan of turkey omelettes on Boxing Day!

  89. Joanne Beale
    November 11, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Love Turkey with all the vegetables grown from our garden

  90. Emma Ferguson
    November 11, 2017 / 10:53 am

    I love a Turkey ????

  91. jill bean
    November 11, 2017 / 10:51 am

    turkey and trimmings – of course left overs too!

  92. Lisa Rowsell
    November 11, 2017 / 10:44 am

    I love turkey, but my absolute favourite is chicken.

  93. iain maciver
    November 11, 2017 / 10:42 am

    turkey with all the trimmings

  94. Peter Gill
    November 11, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Turkey of course

  95. Lindsey Stuart
    November 11, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Definitely Turkey it is very rich and tasty!

  96. mari sutherland
    November 11, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Roast Goose for Christmas day and turkey at New year

  97. tracey ryder
    November 11, 2017 / 10:26 am

    love my mums turkey dinner

  98. Tracy Nixon
    November 11, 2017 / 10:05 am

    A traditional turkey Christmas dinner – I wouldn’t have anything else!

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