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(American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

Bonjour all!

Just moved to Lausanne with my wife from the US (couldn't be more excited). Is this is our first Thanksgiving out of the US, and as my wife's favorite holiday, I was hoping to create a traditional (as possible) Thanksgiving dinner here. We did bring some things like canned cranberry and other items, but the big question is where to get a Turkey. Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

Be warned, Swiss ovens are not as big as US ovens !!


Try usual candidates, Migros/Coop and you can also order if you want takes about 24 hours i believe.
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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

Any butcher will order it for you, youíll need a few days advance notice. And donít expect walmart prices. Turkey in November is like easter eggs in February.

More plentiful in the run-up to Christmas.
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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

These guys sell them on time for Thanksgiving. Although I personally would have a hard time being thankful after paying 39 chufffs per kilo:

https://luma-delikatessen.ch/fr/catalog/volaille/dinde/
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These guys sell them on time for Thanksgiving. Although I personally would have a hard time being thankful after paying 39 chufffs per kilo:

https://luma-delikatessen.ch/fr/catalog/volaille/dinde/
Seems to be a pretty standard price. Here's some more from farmy.ch

Some Migros, including one in Lausanne, have a few frozen ones in stock at a much cheaper 42 CHF (but a smaller bird).
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Some Migros, including one in Lausanne, have a few frozen ones in stock at a much cheaper 42 CHF (but a smaller bird).



.....ideal for a Swiss sized oven
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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

You can get fresh cranberries at most big Coop / Migros
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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

The MM Migros in Pully stocks frozen turkeys year round !
(MM = "medium" sized Migros...)
Maybe the same for other MM Migros in the Lausanne area.
And they are appropriately sized for Swiss ovens. ; )
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The MM Migros in Pully stocks frozen turkeys year round !
(MM = "medium" sized Migros...)
Maybe the same for other MM Migros in the Lausanne area.
And they are appropriately sized for Swiss ovens. ; )
If you follow the link I posted, and enter your postal code, the new window will tell you which nearby branches have frozen turkeys in stock.
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Be warned, Swiss ovens are not as big as US ovens !!
I discovered that after bringing my nice, massive American roasting pan all the way across the pond.

I gave up on doing a whole turkey years ago. I go to the big Coop in Bern and buy the package with large turkey breasts and roast them. It's not exactly the same as my childhood but it's a lot less work!
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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

Besides Migros and even Lidl, more and more local butchers and farmers are catching on to American Thanksgiving and offering turkeys on time. Usually for just the two of us I don’t bother with a turkey, especially since my husband’s family has a turkey at Christmas. If the oven is too small and you have a barbecue or a gas grill, that can be another option. Thankfully it’s not too hard to find smaller turkeys here, at least in my experience.

Fresh cranberries this time of year in Migros at least, and of course sweet potatoes and squash/pumpkin are all available. Pecans can be found in larger grocery stores. I make my pecan pie with maple syrup instead of corn syrup. Pumpkin pie is quite simple, I usually half and de seed a butternut and roast in the oven.
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I discovered that after bringing my nice, massive American roasting pan all the way across the pond.

I gave up on doing a whole turkey years ago. I go to the big Coop in Bern and buy the package with large turkey breasts and roast them. It's not exactly the same as my childhood but it's a lot less work!
There's no compromising on turkey dinner with all the fixings in this house, even for just the two of us. Mind you, we have the dog and cats to help. When we tire of leftovers (not much left by then) the crows get to feast.

I think the saddest thing is the Swiss tradition of serving fondue for Christmas or New Years.
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Thankfully itís not too hard to find smaller turkeys here, at least in my experience.



Look in the "big chicken" section of any suitable sized supermarket
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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

Raclette for Christmas; Fondue for New Years.

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I think the saddest thing is the Swiss tradition of serving fondue for Christmas or New Years.
Itís only sad if itís not your tradition, I donít suppose the Swiss find it sad at all.
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Re: (American) Thanksgiving Turkey in Lausanne?

You got it wrong, Bowlie, wheres the ubiqutous "Fondue Chinoise" in all that cheese ?
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I think the saddest thing is the Swiss tradition of serving fondue for Christmas or New Years.

Their is no tradition of this unless you talk about a "Fondue Chinoise"


And lets think about who has to prepare all the "xmas lunch" stuff......at least a fondu chinoise is quick and easy to prepare so everybody can enjoy xmas rather than slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end
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And lets think about who has to prepare all the "xmas lunch" stuff......at least a fondu chinoise is quick and easy to prepare so everybody can enjoy xmas rather than slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end
There are definitely two ways of looking at this.

Traditionally, before Christianity hijacked the event, the shortest day of the year (or near enough) was marked with a huge feast. The food was the whole point. This tradition has carried on with the Christian version of Christmas.

To drop the food element is, to some cultures, basically saying "let's not bother at all".

And although it may be quick and convenient, fondue chinoise is hardly traditional in the real sense of the word as it's only been around for a few decades (if that) here.

Of course you could say the same about Turkey in the U.K. but that bird has merely replaced others before it.

The Swiss can chose to eat whatever they want to eat at Christmas or any other time of the year but Christmas has always been an event with a feast - the same as Thanksgiving in the U.S. is a feast to celebrate surviving the first year of the Pilgrims.
Which brings us back to Turkeys....
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