Disclosure: This post/giveaway has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey.
I think we can safely say that spring has officially (finally) sprung. My grass is starting to green up. My tulips are poking through the ground and the sun feels a little warmer every day. I think it’s safe to say that I’m not the only one that declares spring their favourite time of year. Spring is like a fresh beginning. Things start to grow, the birds return and it also marks a season of lots of get togethers. I know we just finished Easter but Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Father’s Day isn’t far behind and it’s also the start of patio and backyard get togethers. There is lots to celebrate!
And all great celebrations come with great food. Now that the cold winter weather is behind us and we can shed our parkas and sweaters I think many of us are ready to celebrate with food that is not just delicious but also on the healthier side. Of course, spring can also be a busy season. Planning celebrations, spending time outside, carting kids off to dance and sports etc, there is always something to do. So, most of us are also looking for meal ideas that are not terribly time consuming – and affordable is a plus too.
Spring for Canadian Turkey
Healthy, easy, affordable and delicious – this where Canadian Turkey comes in. It can help you meet any or all of those needs. Turkey is packed full of protein (and bonus, it’s lean protein) and other essential nutrients. It’s easy on the pocket book and so, so, versatile!
5 Ways Canadian Turkey is the Perfect Choice to Feed a Crowd!
Create an elegant buffet family-style meal:
Make Canadian turkey the star of your buffet meal. A whole turkey can feed a large crowd and provides a variety of dark and white meat servings to suit everyone’s preferences. Add a few side dishes and you’ll have everything you need to satisfy all your guests.
Host like a pro and save precious time:
Choosing to cook a whole turkey means freeing up valuable time before guests arrive. While the turkey is cooking, you will have time to prep all your other side dishes and desserts. Cooking time can be reliably pre-determined so you can time the turkey to come right out of the oven just as your guests arrive.
Consider making hot and cold dishes:
Turkey tastes great at room temperature. You can cook a whole turkey and then carve your meat to serve in hot and cold sandwiches. You can build a sandwich bar where guests can create an open-faced turkey sandwich with hot gravy, or fixings like avocados, tomatoes, bacon and lettuce for cold club sandwiches too.
The price is right:
We know that feeding a large crowd often comes with a hefty bill. A whole turkey is a very economical way to feed a group and often provides you with leftovers that can be used for meals later on too!
Keep it light:
A big celebration doesn’t always have to mean a huge food hangover. With Canadian turkey, both dark and white meat is lean so you can feel great serving a satisfying meal that will still be light. Make healthy habits a part of your celebration traditions and you and your guests can enjoy yourself without worrying about heavy meals.
For more great ideas and recipes for spring be sure to download the Spring Celebrations Guide.
Carved Turkey and Roast Potato Platter
Of course we all know that a whole roast turkey is the perfect crowd pleaser. It’s the ideal choice to feed a large group and it’s perfect when you want leftovers and want to make up turkey stock for later use. This variation on roast turkey is just as delicious and a bit of a time saver too. Not only are you cooking the potatoes right in the same pan, but because you are using turkey pieces instead of a whole turkey it cooks up much quicker. Bonus – it looks amazing in the centre of the table!
Carved Turkey and Roast Potato Platter
- 2 1 lb boneless turkey breasts
- 2 turkey drumsticks
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- to taste salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp sweet paprika
- 1 tbsp ground sage
- 1 cup turkey broth
- 6 cloves peeled garlic
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 3 cups chopped potatoes
Preheat oven to 350F (177 C)
Combine all dried herbs to make a spice rub.
Season potatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and ½ of the spice rub.
Rub the turkey with the remaining olive oil.
Season with the remaining spice rub. Salt and pepper to taste.
Place the turkey and potatoes into your roasting pan. Add the turkey broth, garlic and thyme.
Roast for 60-90 minutes until the juices run clear and an instant thermometer reads 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the breast. Drumsticks and thighs will be cooked up to 15-20 minutes sooner, remove when cooked through and an instant thermometer reads 165°F (74°C).
Remove the turkey from the oven and let the breast rest for 20 minutes before carving.
To create gravy, squeeze cooked garlic cloves out of casing and mash into pan juices. Heat gently and add flour, if necessary, to thicken.
TIP: You can easily customize this recipe to suit all your guests preferences. Add more turkey breast for guests who prefer white meat, or more thighs or drums for guests who prefer dark meat. To make sure garlic cloves cook without burning, tuck them under the turkey during cooking.
Looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TO’s? Visit canadianturkey.ca for all your cooking inspiration. The recipe section is filled with amazing recipes for full meals, snacks, appetizers and family favourites. There are WHOLE TURKEY HOW TO’s that are packed with helpful tips and instructions. You can also find a gold mine of ideas in the recipe section for make-ahead dishes and leftovers. There’s nothing better than making some delectable dishes for the remainder of the week, or stashing some pre-made meals in the freezer for your next busy weeknight!
Enter to Win!
We already know great food is key to any celebration but how about a prize? One lucky reader will win a $75 HBC e-card thanks to Canadian Turkey! This giveaway is open to Canadian residents (except Quebec) age 18 and over. Use the form below to enter. Good luck!