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