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Galopoula Gemisti: A Traditional Greek Stuffed Turkey Recipe

Galopoula gemisti is one of the most popular Greek festive dishes. This Greek traditional turkey with chestnut and ground beef stuffing will delight your guests on your Christmas and New Year’s table. I tried this traditional dish a couple of years ago when a family friend invited us on Christmas. Ever since I tried this recipe, it is one of my favorite ones. To make this specific galopoula gemisti dish, you need the following ingredients: turkey, chestnuts, ground beef, rice, Greek olive oil, white wine, raisins, pine nuts, pomegranate, salt, and pepper.

This galopoula gemisti recipe takes around one hour to prepare and around 3 to 4 hours to cook. It serves around 10 persons.

Galopoula Gemisti

Galopoula Gemisti – Ingredients

  • 1 turkey 3-4 kg
  • 1/2 chestnuts, boiled and peeled
  • 1/2 ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of rice
  • 1 cup of Greek olive oil
  • 2 cups of white wine
  • 200 g of golden raisins
  • 100 g of pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoon of pomegranate (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Galopoula Gemisti – Instructions

  1. Start making galopoula gemisti by removing the liver and washing well the turkey inside and out under fresh water. Allow the turkey to dry and rub it with lemon. Season turkey with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 338°F. Place the turkey into a big baking pan and pour half of the olive oil and half of the wine. Cover it with some aluminum foil and place it in the oven. Bake for around 3 hours. Occasionally while it bakes, take a spoon and pour the turkey with the liquids that are in the baking pan.
  3. Uncover the turkey, turn up the temperature and bake until it gets a golden brown color.
  4. Wash the liver with hot water. Take a pot and add the remaining olive oil, add the ground beef and simmer until it gets a nice brown color. Add liver and mix for a couple of minutes after adding the remaining wine. Simmer for around 10 minutes until all liquids are absorbed. Add some hot water and the rice and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the chestnuts, pine nuts, and raisins. Add salt and pepper and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  5. Add the pomegranate to the filling (optional).
  6. Serve the turkey and place the stuffing around it.

I hope you enjoy this traditional Greek stuffed turkey recipe. May all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may your heart feel happiness and joy all year round. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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