Traditional Christmas dinner in Canada

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Traditional Christmas dinner in Canada

What is a traditional Christmas dinner in Canada?

Traditional Christmas dinner in Canada is turkey. This is usually filled with a filling of bread and served with gravy. In addition there's cranberry sauce and root vegetables such as carrots, celery and pumpkin. At such a meal, the whole family meets. In Canada, it often happens that the family members to Christmas arriving from far away parts of the country to celebrate Christmas together with the family. Not infrequently, flights from one end of the country to another are necessary for this. It is all the more beautiful when the turkey comes out of the tube and is cut in front of everyone's eyes on the Christmas table. And that's how you prepare it:

A traditional Christmas dinner in Canada - turkey

The ingredients we provide here are enough for eight servings.


For the filling:

8 diced rolls
250 g of small sliced ​​celery
250 g small cut onions
350 g butter
good 2 TL salt
1 TL ground pepper
1,5 EL poultry seasoning
300 ml chicken broth
2 large eggs

Preparation of turkey filling:

Stew the onions and celery in the butter for about 10 minutes. They can not be hard anymore.

Put the cube cubes in a large bowl. Pour the butter, onion and celery mix over the bread cubes and mix. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Put the stuffing in the turkey and fry it in the oven.

Ingredients for the turkey:

1 turkey (about 12 pounds)
Filling as above
about 8 cups of warm chicken broth
4 tbsp butter
just 2 TL salt
6 tbsp all-purpose flour (or a a gluten-free alternative, e.g. buckwheat flour)

Preparation of turkey:

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. Coat a pan with butter. Take a brush and paint the grate with oil. You push this over the collecting pan into the oven.

Wash and clean the turkey and remove excess feathers and quills. Remove existing fat from the abdominal cavity of the turkey. Wash the turkey again. Then you fill it with the prepared filling. Now you put the turkey with the chest up on the grid. Put wing tips under the breast and loosely tie the turkey thighs together. Grate the turkey with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the turkey breast with aluminum foil. Wings and thighs remain uncovered.

cooking time

Roast the turkey for about 45 minutes. Then you spread the turkey with the gravy from the collecting pan. Also brush the turkey breast. Then put the aluminum foil back on top. This you repeat all 45 minutes. Overall, the turkey 2 1 / 4 stays in the oven for hours. If the gravy does not suffice, fill it up with grilled gravy. Brush the turkey again and leave it for another 45 minutes in the tube (total 3 hours). Then you remove the foil from the turkey breast, sprinkle it and add gravy again if necessary and let the turkey in the oven for another hour. Overall, the turkey needs 4 hours to finish roasting.

Then you prepare the sauce. If necessary, fill the sump again with gravy. This you thicken with flour until it assumes a creamy consistency. Possibly add salt and pepper to taste.

The turkey is served in Canada with mashed potatoes and cranberry mush. With us you can also use cranberry musk. Carrots, pumpkin or broccoli are suitable as side dishes.


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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Dianne Rosete, Flickr, License CC BY-ND 2.0

Traditional Christmas dinner in Canada

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.