Prosciutto Wrapped Roast Turkey
2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
170g dried cranberries
80g pkt pistachio kernels, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh continental parsley
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
6kg (size 60) fresh or thawed turkey, neck removed
12 (about 120g) thick slices prosciutto
12 sprigs fresh thyme
Preheat oven to 180°C. Place shelf in the lowest position. Combine the breadcrumbs, cranberries, pistachio, parsley and lemon rind in a bowl. Add the eggs and stir until combined.
Remove excess fat and giblets from the turkey. Wipe inside and out with paper towel. Fill cavity with the breadcrumb mixture. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Tuck wings under. Add a small amount of water to a large roasting pan. Place turkey, breast-side up, on a wire rack in pan.
Arrange the prosciutto, overlapping slightly, over the turkey. Tuck the thyme sprigs underneath the prosciutto. Cover the turkey with non-stick baking paper, then cover the pan with foil. Roast in oven for 2 1/2 hours. Remove paper and foil.
Increase oven temperature to 200°C. Roast for 35-45 minutes or until prosciutto is crisp and the juices run clear when the turkey's thigh is pierced with a skewer. Transfer turkey to a plate and cover with foil. Set aside for 15 minutes to rest.
Transfer the turkey to a serving platter and serve with gravy.