This Christmas I won't roast a massive turkey. I believe that it's not necessary to struggle with a giant bird, especially when you won't organize a big family dinner. Fortunately, there are many other options that make your festive table gorgeous with Turkey & Chestnut Parcels!

If you would like to try something different this Christmas, let's give a try to these lovely filled parcels. I guarantee that you won't spend too long time in the kitchen so you will have the energy to smile honestly and enjoy the rest of Christmas Day surrounded by your beloved ones!


Turkey patties

  • 500 g minced turkey breast
  • 1 tsp salt, pepper
  • 1 spring fresh thyme use the leaves
  • 3 leaves of sage chopped
  • 1 tbsp marjoram
  • Olive oil

Chestnut stuffing

  • 200 g chopped coppa from Alpine Deli
  • 200 g cooked chestnut chopped
  • 70 g hazelnuts chopped
  • 100 g breadcrumbs or bread cubes
  • 1 small shallot chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • Butter
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten


  • Filo sheets
  • Melted butter
  • Dried prunes
  • Turkey gravy - optional
  • Cranberry sauce - optional

Spicy red wine and dried prunes chutney - optional

  • 1 handful dried plums
  • 200 ml red wine
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cloves


Turkey patties

  1. Place the minced turkey breast in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the spices and herbs and mix in the minced meat.
  3. Form small, round patties and sear them on olive oil.

Chestnut stuffing

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan.
  2. Add the shallots and when it is tenderized add the coppa.
  3. Incorporate the chestnuts, hazelnuts, crushed fresh garlic, salt, pepper, marjoram and cook them together for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs or bread cubes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and incorporate the eggs. Stir the ingredients together to get a soft, not too sticky stuffing with half-cooked eggs.


  1. Cut the filo sheets for about 15x15 cm squares.
  2. Pick one square sheet and brush it with the melted butter.
  3. Place another sheet on the top but rotate by 90°.
  4. Place a patty in the middle of the sheets, put some dried prunes on it then a heaped spoonful of stuffing.
  5. Brush the empty part of the filo sheet with melted butter and close the parcel.
  6. Repeat the steps till you use all the patties.
  7. Brush the surface of each parcel with melted butter.
  8. Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 180 °C for about 15 minutes or till the parcels starts to be golden brown.
  9. Serve them with gravy, cranberry sauce or the spicy red wine and dried prunes chutney

Spicy red wine and dried prunes chutney

  1. Put the dried prunes and wine into a pot.
  2. Add the spices.
  3. Heat up till a boiling point.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat then use a stick blender to get a smooth texture.

TIP: If you roast a whole turkey for the family, let's use the leftover turkey meat instead of the patties!

Turkey & Chestnut Parcel - Photo by © Reka Csulak

Turkey & Chestnut Parcel - Photo by © Reka Csulak

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