While it is true that some countries prefer other meats on Christmas Day, such as Germany whose people love their roast goose, and Iceland whose people have a fascination with reindeer meat, the fact remains that turkey is the mainstay of the dining room table during our festive season meals. Here are some interesting ways that this big bird will be eaten around the world during Christmas 2016!
In the UK and in much of Europe (and Australia), the traditional Christmas lunch consists of a sumptuous whole roast turkey, with all the trimmings!
At all times of the year, but especially so during Thanksgiving and Christmas periods, turkey legs rule the streets in the United States of America!
While not all Ethiopians celebrate Christmas, turkey is nonetheless on the menu in the form of street food called Tsofi, which are roasted turkey tails!
If you wanted to add a little Mexicana to your Christmas, then a turkey and bean burrito may be your thing! Many Mexicans eat this in the run up to the big day itself!
Christmas is a somewhat low key affair in India and Pakistan, however the people of these countries love their curry so much, that any halal meat – including turkey – will go well with a splattering of Dopiaza and rice!
You can’t visit South Africa and not be impressed with their street food festivals known as braai. Here you will find roasted and grilled meats of all kinds (including ostrich!), and during the Christmas period roasted turkey is big business!
Many times as a special treat, many fast food outlets in the Middle-East will add turkey meat to their menus, and Emiratis in particular can enjoy a nice turkey shawarma!
Christmas may not be a national holiday in Japan, but using the same methods as karaage chicken, this deep-fried method works very well with the festive turkey and it provides a delectable snack for Japanese people up and down the country!
Originating in Italy (but now eaten everywhere), we have Turkey Carbonara. This is a great way of using your turkey leftovers from Christmas Day by adding pasta and a cheese sauce – and why not throw a few meatballs in for good measure?!
When all is said and done, the most popular way of utilising your leftovers from the Christmas Day festivities is to find some bread and make yourself a fulsome turkey sandwich. While the meat is known to be rather dry, it is nevertheless – at least in Europe – still part of the Christmas tradition!
So how do you eat yours? And I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a pleasant year in 2017!