An American Christmas: Turkey Recipe

We would like to introduce you to a true American feast today: the Christmas turkey. Our student advisor Alyssa explains what you need for this American classic and how it is prepared.



  • Turkey: about 3.5kg for 4-6 persons
  • Herbs and spices: thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric
  • Beer (optional)

For the stuffing:

  • 8 rolls
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 150g bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 500ml of milk
  • 100g butter




  • Dice rolls, finely chop red onions, chop bacon and chop parsley.
  • Fry the bacon and onions in the butter and add the parsley.
  • Add milk and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Put the bread cubes in a large bowl and pour the mixture over the bread.
  • Whip the 4 eggs and mix everything with your hands until the mixture is nicely saturated. This completes the filling.


  • Put all the spices in a bowl and add a little oil.
  • Rub the entire turkey down with it so everything is covered. (If some rub is left over, spread it inside the turkey)
  • Finally, fill the turkey and tie the legs with a string, so nothing can spill out.

Preparation in the oven:

  • The time the turkey needs to stay in the oven depends on the weight (research in advance on the internet).
  • A slightly smaller turkey, which should be enough for 4-6 people, takes about 3-4 hours
  • I like to place the turkey on a roasting rack, which has a kind of “catch basin” below it. And I add some beer to it every hour.
  • Check regularly on how dark the turkey is. If it gets too dark, cover it with a little aluminium foil to keep it juicy


Traditional side dishes:

  • Green bean casserole
  • Devilled eggs
  • Sweet potato casserole with pecans and marshmallows
  • Pineapple glazed ham
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Croquettes


Alyssa Powers is 23 years old and a native Texan. She has been working since April 2018 as a student advisor for health management at the IUBH dual study programme in Munich. In her free time she likes to travel (preferably to the USA) and loves good food.

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