Have you read our guide to cooking the perfect Christmas turkey? A good way to get more interesting and complementary flavours into your turkey is through putting a flavoured butter under the skin as it roasts. This will keep the turkey moist and make it utterly delicious. Make your Christmas butter, then, using your fingers, gently pry away the skin from the breast meat, creating a pocket for you to stuff the butter into.
50g dried cranberries, finely chopped
1 orange, zested and juice of ½
1 tbsp brandy
2 tsp mixed spice
200g unsalted butter, softened
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl with the soft butter and season generously with salt.
These butters can be made well in advance and kept in the fridge or even frozen. Just remember to let them soften before putting under the turkey skin, as it will be easier to get an even layer.