Christmas Turkey Roast. Five Flavorful Special Recipes

A good homemade turkey roast is one of the best dishes to enjoy during Christmas celebrations. Here are 5 delicious Christmas turkey roast recipes, to make this traditional dish just the way you like it.

1. Christmas turkey roast. Turkey with greens and wine

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I’ve used this recipe several times and the result is simply delicious and melts in your mouth. It’s also an easy-to-do one, you just have to mix the ingredients in a marinade and keep the meat in it for several hours or best over night and you can’t fail.


  • 1 boneless turkey haunch
  • 2 green garlic stems
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt, pepper
  • Sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 1 cup of wine
  • 2-3 spoons of oil


Wash the turkey haunch and cut it in three.

Wash the scallions and garlic stems and chop them. Peel and crush the garlic cloves. Into a small bowl put the wine, oil, salt, pepper, the chopped greens, crushed garlic, the parsley and the minced laurel leaf.

Mix them all well and put them over the turkey slices in a bowl. Cover it and put it in the fridge for a few hours for all the flavors to blend.

Then transfer the mead with the marinade in a tray and put it in the preheated oven. You can cover the tray in aluminum even foil-cover from the start. Let to bake at medium temperature to avoid crust. Check from time to time and splash it with the sauce from the tray. When done, remove from oven and cover to keep it tender before serving.


2. Christmas roast turkey. Turkey breast in lemon sauce, mustard and wine

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If you fancy turkey breast, here’s a delicious recipe for the holidays.


  • 3 oz turkey breast
  • Juice from 2 big lemons
  • 2 sp. French mustard
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 5 oz white wine
  • Salt, pepper


Set the oven to 390 degrees. Wash the turkey breast and remove all fat and skin excess. Slash it all over with a knife, rub with salt and pepper and put it in a medium Jena tray.

Mix the French mustard with the olive oil and crushed garlic in a bowl. Add the thyme and basil, lemon juice and wine and blend them well.

Pour the sauce over the turkey. Put it in the oven covered in foil for 25 minutes. Reduce temperature to 180 degrees, bake for another 25 minutes, then remove the aluminium foil. Bake for another 15-20 min. Remove the roast from the oven, let it breathe for about 15 minutes before serving. Use the remaining sauce in the tray to serve.


3. Christmas turkey roast. In tomato sauce

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  • 3 oz turkey (legs, wings, breast, back)
  • 1.6 oz olive oil
  • 2-3 tomatoes cut in cubes (or one tomato can)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 5 oz white dry wine
  • Salt, pepper


Rub the meat with olive oil, add the salt and pepper, then put it in a tray smeared with oil. Season with thyme and fennel seeds. Add the laurel leaf too. Pour in the wine, then cover the tray with aluminium foil (or baking parchment, moist and well squeezed). Put it in the preheated oven set at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven and check if there’s still enough sauce (if not, add some warm meat soup or some hot water). Sprinkle the meat with the sauce from the tray and stick it with a fork to see if it’s well done, if it’s not, bake further foil-covered.

When the meat detaches from bone, add the tomato cubes and the chopped or grinded garlic and bake further without the foil, for another 15 minutes.


4. Christmas turkey roast. Turkey in garlic sauce with parsley

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  • Turkey: legs, breast, liver, gizzard
  • 6.7 oz oil
  • 1 glass sparkling wine
  • Salt, pepper
  • Laurel leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 sp. tomato juice
  • Thyme, oregano
  • 1 green parsley bunch
  • 8 oz water


Portion the meat to fit the pieces in the tray. Add the spices on them and place them in the tray with the oil, wine and laurel, cover with foil and then bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Check the roast from time to time, making sure it gets done all over.

Peel the garlic and crush it with salt. Add some fat from the roast for the garlic sauce, then the tomato juice. Chop the parsley and mix it with the garlic sauce. Add salt and water.

Remove the roast from the oven and transfer in a heat-resistant bowl without the liquid from the tray. Pour the garlic and parsley sauce over it and bake further for 10 more minutes.


5. Christmas turkey roast. Sweet-spicy drumsticks

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  • 2 turkey drumsticks (6.8 oz)
  • 1 medium size onion (3.8 oz)
  • 4 big garlic cloves (0.4 oz)
  • Sweet chili sauce (1.6 oz)
  • 2 spoons paprika (adjust quantity according to your taste)
  • 2 spoons olive oil
  • 1 spoon apple and honey vinegar
  • 1 spoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • Salt, pepper


Like any recipe that requires marinade, take into account some additional time (at least 2 hours, but it’s better to let marinate over night).

In a pot that fits into the oven, heat the olive oil and cook the minced onion. When the onion turns translucent, add the crushed garlic. After one minute, add the sweet chili sauce, the paprika, the vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well, add the thyme and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper as desired and turn off the fire. Let it cool, meanwhile wash the drumsticks, wipe off the water and with a sharp knife slash them for the flavors to settle in. Put the drumsticks fully covered into the marinade and let marinate (cover the pot and put it into the fridge).

Remove the pot from the fridge and place to room temperature. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Foil-cover the pot and put to bake. Leave it for one hour, spreading the marinade over the drumsticks from time to time. Increase temperature to 390 degrees, remove the foil and bake for 30 more minutes. The meat should get well done and slightly roasted.


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