Turkey with couscous, ham and Madeira gravy

2:19 pm Thanksgiving turkey

If you want your turkey to be juicy, flavored and tasty, try this quite easy recipe. This is a perfect dish for a thanksgiving dinner for two.

1 turkey weighing 5 kilos
12 ounces couscous
1 pint chicken broth
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, grated
8 ounces bacon, diced
3 parsley twigs, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
3 1/2 ounces dry tomatoes, sliced
1/2 lemon peel
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

For the gravy:
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup Madeira
1 tablespoon mustard

1. Put couscous in a big pan, combine with hot broth and leave it for 10 minutes.
2. Fry onion and garlic about 5 minutes. Increase heat, combine with bacon and cook for 5 minutes more.
3. Combine couscous with bacon, herbs, lemon peel, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Brush turkey with butter and stuff with the couscous mass.
4. Heat the oven to 200-220 C. Put turkey on a casserole dish, tent with foil and bake about 3 hours. Then remove foil, grease turkey with its juice and cook for 20-30 minutes more.
5. Take turkey out when it’s ready and place it on a big dish, covered with foil. Take the casserole dish with turkey grease and put it on fire. Add flour, broth, Madeira and mustard. Cook 10-15 minutes over a medium heat. Season turkey at your taste.

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