It’s Time to Spring for Canadian Turkey #AlwaysTimeForTurkey

It’s Time to Spring for Canadian Turkey #AlwaysTimeForTurkey

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!

5 from 2 votes

Carved Turkey and Roast Potato Platter

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Canadian Turkey


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (177 C)

  2. Combine all dried herbs to make a spice rub.

  3. Season potatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and ½ of the spice rub.

  4. Rub the turkey with the remaining olive oil.

  5. Season with the remaining spice rub. Salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Place the turkey and potatoes into your roasting pan. Add the turkey broth, garlic and thyme.

  7. 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).

  8. Remove the turkey from the oven and let the breast rest for 20 minutes before carving.

  9. To create gravy, squeeze cooked garlic cloves out of casing and mash into pan juices. Heat gently and add flour, if necessary, to thicken.

Recipe Notes

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 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!


This article has 102 comments

  1. The ASPARAGUS AND LEEK TURKEY TART would make a great light dinner

  2. I would love to try POACHED TURKEY AND ROAST VEGGIE SANDWICH we are not much for the tradtitional holiday meals, with the 2 of us anything goes

  3. For a spring meal I’d like to try the World’s Best Turkey Macaroni recipe

  4. TURKEY, PEPPER AND ONION SKILLET SUPPER, that’s what would be my first choice for a recipe. Looks scrumptious!!

  5. We would love to try the Pulled Turkey Poutine!

  6. I would try out the ASPARAGUS AND LEEK TURKEY TART. Looks good!

  7. TURKEY CUTLETS PARMESAN would be a favourite here

  8. Turkey Cutlets Parmesan sounds so good!

  9. I would like to try the CREAMY WHITE TURKEY LASAGNA recipe.

  10. I like the Carved Turkey and Roast Potato Platter .

  11. Asparagus and Leek Turkey Tart sounds and look so good!

  12. I definitely need to try the marinades, I’ve never marinated turkey before, and the honey, lemon and rosemary mix sounds super tasty!

  13. I love the Creamy White Turkey Lasagna!

  14. The spring meal that I’d like to try is the CREAMY WHITE TURKEY LASAGNA.

  15. I would love to try the ASPARAGUS AND LEEK TURKEY TART

  16. Stephanie LaPlante
    Friday 26 April 2019, 11:39 am

    I would really like the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese!

  17. so many tasty recipes it’s hard to choose. I love turkey and we have it often. I think this time it will be the skillet turkey breakfast hash

  18. I would love to try the CREAMY WHITE TURKEY LASAGNA

  19. The Thai Turkey Spring Rolls sound yummy.

  20. I like the Turkey And Rice Mexican Casserole as a side for our turkey tacos.

  21. The World’S Best Turkey Macaroni sounds good.

  22. I would like to try the Turkey Manchurian dish. It looks tasty and delicious and it would satisfy my turkey cravings.

  23. Turkey cutlets parmesan sound delish!

  24. The creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese sounds yummy!

  25. I like the Creamy White Turkey Lasagna

  26. My favourite dish to prepare for Spring is the Slow Cooked Turkey Meat Sauce & Baked Rigatoni

  27. My favourite turkey recipe for our spring celebration meals is ASPARAGUS AND LEEK TURKEY TART. It looks and sounds delicious.

  28. The Oven Spatchcock Turkey (Gluten Free) looks like a good Spring recipe.

  29. CARVED TURKEY AND ROAST POTATO PLATTER would be a perfect meal for spring

  30. The POACHED TURKEY AND ROAST VEGGIE SANDWICH looks good! I want to try that recipe!

  31. I would like to try the turkey marsala.

  32. My son ids going to be home this week and we are doing a BBQ turkey .

  33. TURKEY CUTLETS PARMESAN would be perfect for my family this spring!

  34. Pulled turkey poutine.

  35. I would like to make the ASPARAGUS AND LEEK TURKEY TART.


  37. The pulled turkey poutine is delicious!

  38. Turkey Cutlets Parmesan

  39. I really want to try the Pulled Turkey Poutine! It sounds delicious.

  40. Everyone in my house are huge turkey fans! The Tuscan Roasted Turkey (or any of the other roasted turkey) recipes would be a hit with my family. My husband loves the leftovers!

  41. Turkey biryani sounds divine

  42. My family would enjoy WORLD’S BEST TURKEY MACARONI.

  43. For my Spring celebration meal I’d make the Turkey Cutlets Parmesan. Yum!

  44. I would love to try the Turkey Cutlets Parmesan. 

  45. We’d like to try the Pulled Turkey Poutine.

  46. So many of the recipes look delicious but the creamy white turkey lasagne caught my eye. Kids would love that!

  47. My favourite is SLOW COOKED TURKEY MEAT SAUCE & BAKED RIGATONI. A healthier option than ground beef meat sauce


  49. classic homemade soup

  50. I’d like to cook the Pulled Turkey Poutine.

  51. I would try the asparagus and leek turkey tart.

  52. I’d like to try the World’s Best Turkey Macaroni recipe.

  53. I’d like to try the Turkey Adobo.

  54. I would still like to try the Spicy Peanut marinade!

  55. The Pineapple Turkey kabobs look great!

  56. The sweet-spicy-stuffed-meatballs look very good and so easy to make

  57. Pineapple Turkey kabobs look great to try

  58. Pineapple turkey kabobs!! YUM!

  59. The ASPARAGUS AND LEEK TURKEY TART sounds like a great Spring recipe

  60. I would like to try the CREAMY WHITE TURKEY LASAGNA

  61. The Skillet Turkey Breakfast Hash looks pretty tasty

  62. I have tried the delicious asparagus and leek turkey tart! is a great resource.


  64. I’d make the sweet and spicy stuffed meatballs for a spring picnic!

  65. Turkey cutlets parmesan sound really good and my family love cutlets so I will be trying out this recipe.

  66. pulled turkey poutine

  67. Carved Turkey and Roast Potato Platter

  68. pulled turkey poutine! yum yum in my tum tum!

  69. I love the Creamy White Turkey Lasagna

  70. Margaret Huitema
    Thursday 2 May 2019, 9:15 pm

    ASPARAGUS AND LEEK TURKEY TART looks really good!

  71. I would love to try the Pineapple Turkey Kabobs soon.

  72. Pulled turkey poutine sounds great!

  73. Pineapple turkey kabobs 

  74. Sweet & Spicy Stuffed Meatballs look delicious. That’s my pick

  75. I’d love to try the CREAMY WHITE TURKEY LASAGNA. Looks delicious!

  76. I would love to try PINEAPPLE TURKEY KABOBS

  77. The one pot creamy turkey marsala is great for a spring function!

  78. Pineapple turkey kabobs

  79. I would love to try the PINEAPPLE TURKEY KABOBS.

  80. Robyn Bellefleur
    Friday 3 May 2019, 5:53 pm

    I would like to try making the Asparagus and Leek Turkey Tart.

  81. Would definitely try out the POMEGRANATE FETA TURKEY BURGER

  82. Asparagus and leek turkey tart

  83. Turkey Adobo is easy and delicious sounding! Thanks for hosting

  84. I like the Pomegranate Feta Turkey Burger because I like burgers, and those ingredients seem like they would have an interesting taste when together.

  85. The One Pan Creamy Turkey Marsala caught my eye because I find Turkey is a meat that can be easily overdone and dried out.  I’m definitely going to have to give this a try! 

  86. Our family would love the

    Asparagus and Leek Turkey Tart.

  87. I would love to try the Pineapple Turkey Kabobs.

  88. I would love to try the Asparagus & Leek Turkey Tart! Looks perfect for a spring dish.

  89. I would love to try Turkey Adobo…especially for Cinco de Mayo!

  90. It’s nice to lighten things up for spring so I would choose the Rustic Tuscan Turkey, Kale and Bean Dinner!

  91. We did a BBQ turkey yesterday for my son’s home visit plus all the fixings.

  92. Creamy white turkey lasagna looks delicious


  94. the Pulled Turkey Poutine

  95. TURKEY CUTLETS PARMESAN would be a great spring celebration supper!

  96. I would love to try the TURKEY ADOBO recipe

  97. I’d most like to try the Pulled Turkey Poutine.

  98. The Carved Turkey and Roast Potato Platter sounds like something I would make

  99. The World’s Best Turkey Macaroni sounds delicious!

  100. Creamy White Turkey Lasagna

  101. Turkey Adobo sounds fantastic!Thanks :).

  102. The .. Caesar Turkey Schnitzel Sandwich would make a great Springtime meal!

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