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Galopoula: A Greek Roasted Turkey Recipe

Turkey is one of the finest meats you could ever eat! My grandmother used to shepherd the family turkeys as these domestic birds are selective in what they eat. As a result, turkey meat is highly nutritional and contains higher protein per ounce than other meats! In Greece, we call this domestic bird galopoula (γαλοπούλα) and it is popular meat to eat during the festive season. Typically, I fancy summer and Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only reasons I adore winter. And what is a festive dinner without roasted turkey? This galopoula recipe is effortless, luscious and a must-taste for Thanksgiving and Christmas and every special occasion.

Here are a few tips to bake the maximum delicious roasted turkey. For starters, if you prefer your turkey tender, tasty and juicy, you should marinate it in brine for at least 24 hours. In case you don’t have time for that, you can boil it with salted water. Conversely, you should always bake your turkey depending on its weight. Rule of thumb: bake turkey for around 35-45 minutes per kilo (a food thermometer is handy). When shown around 83° C, turkey is ready. Try to be precise in your cooking hour and serve it right away when ready. I always leave it in the hot oven for around 20-30 minutes after it is ready. This way meat combines exceptionally with its juices.

Be careful as this Greek roasted turkey gets dry when cold. Nevertheless, I relish eating galopoula with mashed or baked potatoes. Ideal for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion, this galopoula sto fourno 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 galopoula 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 galopoula 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! Happy festive season to you and your family!

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