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I was talking to my butcher today who told me that lamb is a fairly recent favourite at Easter and that turkey used to be traditional (in England)

I spoke to my mum and she confirmed that her parents always used to have turkey then too, though she didn't realise it was a tradition.

I can't find much info on this online. I'd like to know. What are traditional accompaniments to an English Easter turkey.

I'd assume that they are sufficiently different to Thanksgiving and Christmas as there is more spring produce available.

My grandparents were from Hampshire and London and my Butcher is from Kent, so this was at least a south of England tradition, but I have not been able to find much about easter turkey from any region online.

Any links and references would be greatly appreciated as my Google-fu has failed me with this. I can find repurposed Christmas recipes but nothing specifically for Easter. For what it is worth, ham and goose used to be more popular with my grandparents than turkey at Christmas.

  • I think this question is too broad, also opinion based. You're assuming that your own country/area's traditions are everyone's. Accompaniments vary widely, I don't see this being answered authoritatively. – GdD Apr 3 '18 at 8:09
  • @GdD if I made the question more specific to England would that remove the breadth problem – Jeremy French Apr 3 '18 at 8:56
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    I've been living in London for 15 years and I've never heard of turkey being traditional at easter, the mere mention of serving something other than lamb is met with hostility. Realistically, there's not much more produce available at easter than at Christmas, the growing season hasn't started yet. Spring greens come to mind, as do cabbages. – GdD Apr 3 '18 at 11:59
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    "Traditional" in what sense and for how long? Lamb has been associated with Easter since the dawn of Christianity (consider phrases such as "the Lamb of God"), whereas turkeys have only existed in Europe for a few hundred years. – David Richerby Apr 3 '18 at 13:17
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    @rumtscho I have two sources who are unrelated, but I can find little online about it. Which is why I asked here, I thought there may be others who knew of it with more detail. – Jeremy French Apr 3 '18 at 14:07

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