An English Christmas in Sweden – Turkey time

After a lovely Swedish Christmas on December 24th we did what we have done the past years, celebrating an English Christmas on December 25th. All Swedish Christmas foods set aside and my Swedish friends had bought a lovely but quite large free range, organic turkey.

A Swedish Christmas Turkey, oven 175C – 30 mins/kg

  • 1 Turkey  (this one was 6 kg and would easily have served 12 people)
  • 750 gr thinly sliced sliced streaky bacon

For the butter 

  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • butter
  • 4 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt & pepper

Chop the thyme and rosemary, add the herbs to the butter, crush the garlic cloves and add salt and pepper t0 the butter and mix. Then gently loosen the skin and place the butter under the skin and massage the turkey whilst doing this. If there is any butter left smear the outside of the turkey as well.

Cover with the bacon and fill the turkey with the stuffing.


For the stuffing – we didn’t eat the stuffing, it was to infuse flavour in to the turkey and to keep it moist.

  • 1 orange, chopped in to chunks
  • 1 lemon, chopped in to chunks
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped, peel on
  • a bunch of grapes, halved
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped, peel on
  • salt & cracked black pepper

Mix everything in a bowl and stuff the turkey. “Seal” with half a lemon and place in the oven for roasting. I allowed 3 hours for roasting, and 40 minutes to rest.

I had some stuffing left over so I poured over boiling water, covered and set aside to infuse and use for the gravy.

Roast turkey


The bacon was so crispy and it all went in no time!

We ate the turkey with a potato bake, a crunchy salad, kale, pigs in blankets and gravy.

Potato bake – a left over from Christmas eve


Sliced breast of turkey Xmas12SlicedTurkey

Crunchy salad Xmas12Salad

Kale Xmas12Kale

Pigs in blankets Xmas12PigsinBlankets

The turkey was so moist and despite the fact that we all ate until we were stuffed (there was 6 of us) there was a lot of turkey left over.

Whilst stripping the meat off I was closely watched by a little hungry friend, imagine the happiness when a piece of turkey actually fell in to her mouth! I am not sure who was more surprised, her or me!


The left lover turkey meat was transformed in to a delicious turkey curry by Mike on boxing day, light and fruity, it was a perfect way of finishing off Christmas, just a little ham left for a couple of sandwiches.


2 Responses to “An English Christmas in Sweden – Turkey time”
  1. Maggie says:

    Your turkey looks beautiful – so difficult to photograph too.

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