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Galopoula: A Greek Roasted Turkey Recipe

What is Christmas dinner without roasted turkey or galopoula (γαλοπούλα) as we call it in Greece? This galopoula recipe is easy, delicious and a must-taste not only during Christmas holidays but on every special occasion.

Did you know that turkey is one of the finest meats you could ever eat? I recently found out that my grandmother, when she was a kid, used to shepherd the family turkeys as these domestic birds are selective in what they eat.

If you want to make your turkey tender, tasty and juicy you should definitely marinate it in brine for at least 24 hours. In case you don’t have time to do that, you can boil it with some salted water. You should always bake your turkey depending on its weight. Rule of thumb: you should bake about 35-45 minutes per kilo. I always use a food thermometer. When shown around 83 ° C, turkey is ready. Try to be precise in your cooking hour and serve it right when it’s done. I always leave it in the hot oven for around 20-30 after it is done. This way meat ties better with its juices.

Be careful as this Greek roasted turkey gets dry when cold. I enjoy eating this festive dish with mashed or baked potatoes. No need to mention this is ideal for Thanksgiving dinner as well! This galopoula recipe serves 8 persons.


Galopoula – Ingredients

  • 1 turkey (around 2 1/2-3 kg)
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Galopoula – Instructions

  1. Start making this galopoula recipe by washing the turkey well under fresh water.
  2. Clean turkey (discard giblets and organs).
  3. Take a pot. Fill it with water and add one tablespoon of salt.
  4. Boil turkey for around 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  6. Take turkey out of a pot and drain it.
  7. In the meantime, melt butter. Take a bowl. Add melted butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano. Stir mixture well.
  8. Place turkey into baking pan. Take a cooking brush and spread the butter mixture to the outside of the turkey.
  9. Add water to a pan.
  10. Once browned on all sides, pour over the lemon juice. Cover the pan.
  11. Bake for around 2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (around 83 degrees C).
  12. Allow turkey to cool down for about 20-30 minutes.
  13. Carve and serve.

I hope you like this galopoula recipe! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody!

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