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Friday 25 April 2014

Recipes: Gordon Ramsay suggests giving turkey a twist to surprise your festive guests

When I began my career as a young chef, I didn't envisage that I would be on TV or writing a book about Christmas cooking, but without fail, as each year draws to a close, I am inundated with queries.

I'm often asked for ideas about food to serve at Christmas parties, the secret to a perfect roast turkey, even what to do with the leftovers.

I have certainly cooked my fair share of festive feasts. But rather than give you a weighty tome of every possible Christmas dish, I wanted this book to be a considered collection of mouth-watering recipes that will impress your friends and family.

For the main festive meal, I've provided five different menu options, each centred on a classic dish with a modern twist, and here I've shared my roast turkey with lemon, parsley and garlic.

Some recipes are simple, others more elaborate but rewarding to prepare.

Whatever you choose to cook, I sincerely hope you enjoy the festivities with family and friends. Happy Christmas!

'Christmas with Gordon Ramsay by Gordon Ramsay', published by Quadrille (£15, hardback)

Photos © CHRIS TERRY

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