Galopoula Gemisti (Stuffed turkey)

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Stuffed turkey from Greece which is traditionally eaten on Christmas Day. This turkey is often the first meat eaten for 14-40 days, as members of the Greek Orthodox Church have a period of fasting leading up to Christmas Day.

Galopoula Gemisti (Stuffed turkey)
Galopoula Gemisti
Servings:10 servings
Calories per serving:1439
Ready in:5 hours 15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:5 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th January 2013

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A meaty turkey stuffing


This is great for Christmas dinner



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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F - gas 4).


  1. Wash and dry the turkey, rub it with the lemon and season inside and out.
  2. Melt some butter in a frying pan and sauté the onion for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the beef, allow to brown and stir in the brandy.
  4. Stir in the chestnuts, pine nuts, and further seasoning and remove from heat.
  5. When cool enough to handle, stuff the turkey cavity with the mixture and sew it up.
  6. Rub the turkey with butter and roast for 4-5 hours.

Serving suggestions

In Greece, it is served with tzatziki but try cooking your turkey this way at Christmas with the usual accompaniments.


Instead of the beef, you can use a mixture of rice and chopped bacon.

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