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Turkey for New Year's dinner in Poland?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
3 Jan 2010 #1
I have repeatedly seen in various (hard-copy and internet) sources that roast turkey is a Polish New Year's favourite. Is this a relatively new custom or an age-old one?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #2
I have not heard of any Poles that i know having turkey , and the shops are certainly not full of birds for sale.... I must confess i would prefer a Turkey or chicken to the traditional carp , but then i am a Brit... Its likely the younger Poles who have aquired a taste for birds in the UK or USA may slowly introduce the idea to Poland , but i think most Poles will stick to the traditional carp...
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
3 Jan 2010 #3
I have not heard of any Poles that i know having turkey , and the shops are certainly not full of birds for sale....

Nor have I.

I must confess i would prefer a Turkey or chicken to the traditional carp , but then i am a Brit... Its likely the younger Poles who have aquired a taste for birds in the UK or USA may slowly introduce the idea to Poland , but i think most Poles will stick to the traditional carp...

New Year's dinner not Christmas, geez, you really are a Brit :p
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #4
Noooooo we Brits have our birds on Christmas day , its the USA that have the thanksgiving dinner...

This year i had a cup of soup and some bread for Christmas dinner , but i did have some nice Russian chocs and biscuits that had been sent from Moscow by my lady...

She was horrified at my Christmas dinner choice , and threatens next year will be very different....she will be living in my farm by then....oh boy do i have some spring cleaning to do...!
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
3 Jan 2010 #5
On the other hand, a very old (17th or 18th century?) Polish drinking song (Pije Kuba do Jakuba) does contain the following stanza:
Indyk z sosem, barszcz z bigosem, jadły dawne pany,
Dziś ślimaki i robaki jedzą jak bociany..."

Turkey in gravy, borscht and bigos the lords old old did eat,
Now like storks it's snails and vermin that is theiri big treat....

(This of course reflected the reaction of the old Polish Sarmatian tradition against the newfangled 'frog' food being introduced.)
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #6
Now like storks it's snails and vermin that is theiri big treat....

Yuk...i think i would prefer carp to that stuff....
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
3 Jan 2010 #7
typo-eradicated version:
Turkey in gravy, borscht and bigos the lords of old did eat,
Now like storks it's snails and vermin that is their big treat....
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
3 Jan 2010 #8
Noooooo we Brits have our birds on Christmas day , its the USA that have the thanksgiving dinner...

This year i had a cup of soup and some bread for Christmas dinner , but i did have some nice Russian chocs and biscuits that had been sent from Moscow by my lady...

She was horrified at my Christmas dinner choice , and threatens next year will be very different....she will be living in my farm by then....oh boy do i have some spring cleaning to do...!

Arrrrrrggggghhhhhhhh!!!!!
Not Christmas dinner but New Years!
Check the title of the thread, it is not about Christmas or thanks giving it is about New Years.
How you Brits ever managed to have an Empire is completely beyond me :p

Turkey

Turkey has always been a common dish here in Poland, you can find it on most menus, you always could.
As your song suggests.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
3 Jan 2010 #9
It woudn't be New Years without turkey for dinner



beckski 12 | 1,617
3 Jan 2010 #10
I ate at Soup Plantation for New Years (because I had a coupon.) Now I feel deprived of a tasty turkey meal.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #11
Christmas and new year are two different days are they then...???
shopgirl 6 | 928
3 Jan 2010 #12
Noooooo we Brits have our birds on Christmas day , its the USA that have the thanksgiving dinner...

Actually some of us Yanks will have Turkey for both and be quite happy about it!
You can have the ham.....or whatever. :)
polkamaniac 1 | 482
3 Jan 2010 #13
The last time I looked on the calender ,they were seperate days.



Cardno85 31 | 976
3 Jan 2010 #14
Actually some of us Yanks will have Turkey for both and be quite happy about it!

As has always been the case because turkeys are more abundant in the states.

Traditionally in the UK Goose is the bird of choice for Christmas. And, in Scotland at least, we have steak pie at New Year.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
4 Jan 2010 #15
The goose is good but after cooking a 15 lb. goose,all you're left with ,is about 5 lbs of meat ,after the bones are discarded. But---the "smalec" is the best part after the fat solidifies.
Cardno85 31 | 976
4 Jan 2010 #16
15 lb. goose,all you're left with ,is about 5 lbs of meat

It is a problem yes, and it also means that to get a decent amount of food you need a really big oven.

And agreed, the best part of the goose the wonderful fat!
polkamaniac 1 | 482
6 Jan 2010 #17
and----It's it's a lot better when you add "skwarki to the twósć !!!!!
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
27 Dec 2010 #18
Merged: Turkey leftovers after Poland's Christmas?

Families that served roast turkey on Christmas often have a lot of meat left over. How does your family deal with that matter? Is the turkey meat simply used up in sandwiches or put to some more creative use?
Wroclaw Boy
27 Dec 2010 #19
Not one of your better threads of the 775.
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
28 Dec 2010 #21
Win some, lose some.... Krokiety are great. So are meat pierogi and even gołąbki using minced cooked turkey. And of course as an addition to the other meats in bigos.
beckski 12 | 1,617
28 Dec 2010 #22
posts: 4
Turkey leftovers in

My family mixes the turkey with gravy & tops it over mashed taters. Some of the turkey meat is also given to the critters.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
28 Dec 2010 #23
Is the turkey meat simply used up in sandwiches or put to some more creative use?

One thing you can do is make a fine soup out of the matter. You can even throw in some black eyed peas for luck.
convex 20 | 3,978
28 Dec 2010 #24
you're all a bunch of culinary freaks. rubbery tasteless whitebread + mayo + salt&pepper = bliss.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
28 Dec 2010 #25
rubbery tasteless whitebread + mayo + salt&pepper = bliss.

Is that what you do with your carp leftovers? yuk!
Trevek 26 | 1,702
28 Dec 2010 #26
I make kebabs. They are from Turkey, afterall.
ShawnH 8 | 1,508
28 Dec 2010 #27
rubbery tasteless whitebread

Good to be home, eh?
Marynka11 4 | 675
28 Dec 2010 #28
Sheppard pie
Turkey Curry
Turkey enchiladas
Turkey quesadillas
Turkey soup
turkey tacos
turkey and veggie casserole
turkey and veggie stir-fry
turkey meat and buckwheat pierogi
turkey pate (you can use up the liver)

That way you can torture yourself and your family for days and days...

One year I went to NYC the day after Thanksgiving and I saw a half of a roasted turkey on the sidewalk. I thought what a good idea to use up the leftovers. Whenever I look at the leftover turkey now, my first instinct is to throw it out the window, but then I think of all the starving children...
trener zolwia 1 | 939
28 Dec 2010 #29
You can even throw in some black eyed peas for luck.

This is a southern thing for New Years.

rubbery tasteless whitebread + mayo + salt&pepper = bliss.

Perfect! I sometimes throw on a little leftover stuffing too!


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