Entertain this Holiday Season with Canadian Turkey #EntertainWithTurkey Giveaway

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The holidays are pretty much here and the festivities have begun all across the country. I personally have 6 turkeys in my freezer waiting to be roasted over the next few weeks. I took advantage of some great deals at my local grocery store and stocked up. Cooking a turkey goes a long way when feeding  crowd. The leftovers afterwards are great for quick and tasty meals throughout the week as well!

Traditionally holiday meals are a roasted turkey but there so many other options. No matter how many guests you have, Canadian Turkey has the recipes you need.

This holiday season, let Canadian Turkey help you make delicious food that is easy and healthy to prepare and is sure to wow your guests!  Making memories over a festive meal with family and friends is the greatest way to celebrate the season.  Whether you’re a novice cook, new to feeding a crowd or a seasoned pro in the kitchen, Canadian Turkey can help you create show-stopping dishes and provide you with the tips you need to create delicious and memorable meals.

A huge part of gearing up for all of your holiday preparations is deciding on some menu options for those major meals.  A classic roast turkey with all the trimmings will steal the show at any festive gathering.  Turkey is such a versatile choice, pairing well with many different flavour profiles, spice blends, seasonings, stuffings and glazes.  Packed with lean protein and great flavour, turkey makes the perfect centerpiece for your celebration meal!

Canadian Turkey provides a gold mine of resources to help you get ready for the season and create amazing meals with minimal stress and planning.  Our Holiday Guide will prepare you to host all of your festive get-togethers with ease and entertain family and friends with our favourite insider recipes.  One of the best things to do to minimize your party preparations is to find ways to cut down on your time in the kitchen while still creating beautiful and satisfying meals.  Finding ways to plan ahead and make some of your dishes in advance can significantly cut down on your work while leaving you with more time to mingle with your guests and have fun!

Feeling creative?  Try to customize your favorite turkey recipe with different flavours and methods to create a dish your crowd will love, or feel free to experiment with a brand new recipe.  Here are some pro-tips for making your next turkey your own:

  • Experiment with different brining and marinating flavors – get creative with your own family favorites!
  • Use a glaze to baste your bird throughout the roasting process to add a different flavor finish – think maple, cranberry, jalapeno, paprika or bourbon, for example.
  • Create your own rub of family-favorite spices for a unique signature style.
  • Stuff your turkey with a different selection of aromatics to customize and infuse flavor while cooking – shallots and thyme, apples and sage, or onions and rosemary are all a great place to start!
  • Create spiced and flavored butters or oils to rub underneath the skin and add a major flavor boost while cooking.

Need more great ideas to get holiday-ready?  Canadian Turkey is here to help! Read the Holiday  Guide here.

5 Ways to Get Holiday-Ready with Canadian Turkey:

  1. Save money by purchasing a utility turkey.  Utility turkeys taste the same as Grade A turkeys but may be missing a wing or have a tear in the skin.  Once you carve up your turkey your guests will never know the difference!
  2. Get your family excited about this festive Canadian tradition by cooking your turkey using their favourite seasonings or traditional spices.
  3. Save precious cooking time and have more fun entertaining by preparing a meal using turkey parts instead of a whole turkey.  You can customize your meal based on your guests’ preferences by easily serving more dark or white turkey, and cut your cooking time in half or less.
  4. Plan to easily feed a large holiday crowd on a budget by serving a whole roasted Canadian turkey.  You can prep your turkey in advance and plan to make all your sides while the turkey is in the oven! Check the Whole Turkey section of the Canadian Turkey website (canadianturkey.ca) where you’ll also find our Whole Bird Calculator to help you determine the perfect size of turkey for your meal.
  5. Bookmark helpful information on sites like Canadian Turkey, with resources like Turkey Basics videos to help you create the perfect roast turkey meal with fool-proof instructions, hints and tips.

Spanish Style Turkey Rice Pilaf

Prep time: 25 mins.

Cook time: 30 mins.

Serves: 4-6

2 lbs Canadian turkey thighs

2 Canadian turkey sausages

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 cup diced onions

1/2 cup diced celery

3 cloves crushed garlic

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup turkey broth

1/2 cup water

2 pinches saffron

1 1/2 cups Basmati rice

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 cup peppers, sliced

1/2 cup green olives

1/2 cup cooked peas

2 tbsp capers

1 tbsp lemon zest

Cut thighs into large size chunks.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika.

Sear in a medium size non-stick frying pan over high heat until browned on all sides.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Remove sausage from casings and crumble or cut into chunks.  Cook over medium heat until cooked through, 4-6 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat vegetable oil. Sauté onions and celery, until cooked through and translucent, 3-5 minutes.

Add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Add white wine and turkey broth. Add saffron and let simmer for 1 minute.

Add water, rice, salt to taste, turmeric and peppers.  Add turkey.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat, cover and let cook for 15-20 minutes until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked through.  Remove from heat and let sit for an additional 10 minutes.

Fluff rice.  Top with olives, peas, capers and lemon zest.

Serve immediately.

Tip: Feel free to add any leftover veggies to the rice before you cook it like carrots, cauliflower, kale or mushrooms.  Plan for some leftovers! This pilaf makes a great lunch the next day.  Just drizzle with some olive oil or salad dressing and serve at room temperature.

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Comments

  1. Allie Futterer says

    I’d love to try the Spanish Stylish Turkey Rice Pilaf!

  2. Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip sounds really good!

  3. I’d love to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip.

  4. Anne Taylor says

    I’d love to try the ADOBO-STYLE SLOW COOKER TURKEY ROAST! It sounds delish!

  5. joanne darrell says

    I will be trying Turkey Rice Pilaf because I like one pan meals.

  6. The Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip sounds delicious!

  7. Apple honey turkey sausage stuffing! It sounds amazing!

  8. Heather Swanson says

    Turkey noodle soup

  9. i think i shall be trying the nachos

  10. Turkey meatballs is a recipe I would like to try.

  11. I’d like to try the Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites recipe.

  12. Shirley OFlynn says

    I will be making the Honey Apple Turkey Sausage Savoury Tartlets. I think they would make a delicious appetizer.

  13. I will be making Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

  14. I am going to try the turkey cranberry and goat cheese bites. They look so good.

  15. wendy hutton says

    I would love to try the apple honey turkey sausage stuffing

  16. Mediterranean Turkey Sausage Pasta sounds like a great dish

  17. The Honey Apple Turkey Sausage Savoury Tartlets would be fun to try this year.

  18. I would love to make the HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS

  19. Turkey Mac and Cheese would be a great way to use my leftovers.

  20. Gail Butler says

    I love rice pilaf, so would love to try the SPANISH-STYLE TURKEY RICE PILAF

  21. I really want to try the TURKEY CHEDDAR SPINACH DIP. It looks and sounds so good.

  22. I would like to try making the Stuffed Turkey Breast Roll during the holidays

  23. Jennifer P. says

    I plan to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip as an appetizer, I think everyone will love it!

  24. Adobo-Style Slow Cooker Turkey Roast looks very yummy.

  25. Cheryl Grandy says

    I’d like to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip recipe.

  26. ivy pluchinsky says

    I would love to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip

  27. Catherine Cole says

    CLASSIC HOMEMADE TURKEY NOODLE SOUP

  28. Sky High Veggie Pack Turkey Nachos sound really good.

  29. I will be trying the Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup for my family.

  30. Robyn Bellefleur says

    I would love to try the turkey cranberry and goat cheese bites.

  31. I’d try the orange and black pepper cranberry sauce.

  32. I’ll be trying APPLE HONEY TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING

  33. Apple honey turkey sausage stuffing! I

  34. I would love to try the TANDOORI TURKEY LEGS AND WINGS, they look good and I love my wings!

  35. I would love to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip. Look so delicious!

  36. I had to adjust the first tweet as it was too long!

  37. The Holiday Nut Stuffing would be great for Christmas.

  38. The Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup looks like a great way to use my leftover turkey.

  39. I will be trying to make the HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS.

  40. I would love to try the apple honey turkey sausage stufffing…sounds delicious!

  41. I would like to try the MINI MASALA TURKEY POT PIES recipe.

  42. The Mediterranean Turkey Sausage Pasta looks good

  43. I would like to try the Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup.

  44. Deanna Barkley says

    I’d like to try the turkey sausage pasta. We have tried something similar and loved it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. caroline m. says

    I’d like to try the Meal Starter Turkey Ragu

  46. Rosanne Robinson says

    I’m looking forward to trying the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip.

  47. I’d try the One-Pot Cranberry Chipotle Sausage Rice Pilaf.

  48. Debbie White-Beattie says

    I’d try the Sky-High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos because they look delicious

  49. sarah alexis says

    The HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS would be perfect for entertaining!

  50. I will be trying the Stuffed turkey breast roll

  51. I will try APPLE HONEY TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING.

  52. Carol Denny says

    I will try SUPER EASY ROAST TURKEY DINNER

  53. Heather Sibley says

    I am going to try making the CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS

  54. The Turkey Haleem sounds good. I’d give it a try.

  55. I’d like to try the apple honey turkey sausage stuffing.

  56. I will be trying the Apple Honey Turkey Sausage Stuffing recipe.

  57. GobbleGobble says

    I will be trying the Grilled Turkey, Portabello Mushrooms & Vegetable Kabobs (https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/grilled-turkey-portabello-mushrooms-vegetable-kabobs/)

  58. Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup sounds delish and I will be making it

  59. I’d like to try the ADOBO-STYLE SLOW COOKER TURKEY ROAST.

  60. I would love to try the Mediterranean Turkey Sausage Pasta.

  61. Spiced Turkey with Hummus.

  62. the spanish style rice pilaf looks yummy

  63. Sandi Tymchuk says

    sun-dried tomato and balsamic marinade!

  64. Elizabeth R says

    I’d like to try the HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS, these look delicious.

  65. sabina Edwards says

    https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/spanish-style-turkey-rice-pilaf/ I would try this…I already had turkey quite a bit this month…two staff Christmas parties and last weekend I picked up a bird for about $10 (we’re still eating it lol) We’ll be going to supper for Christmas at both my sons and my MIL

  66. I want to try One-Pot Cranberry Chipotle Sausage Rice Pilaf 🙂

  67. Jenny Major says

    Id love to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip

  68. I’m going to try the ONE-POT CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE SAUSAGE RICE PILAF this Christmas!

  69. APPLE HONEY TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING

  70. I will try the WHOLE ROASTED TURKEY WITH CRANBERRY PEAR CHUTNEY.

  71. I want to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip! Happy Holidays!

  72. Definitely the turkey, cranberry and goat cheese party bites! Cheers!

  73. I will be making Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

  74. jason kinnin says

    Mini Masala turkey pies

  75. turkey cheddar spinach dip looks yum

  76. The Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip

  77. I’d like to try the Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites

  78. I’d like to try the Apple Honey a turkey sausage stuffing!

  79. I’ll be trying out the Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

  80. Juliee Fitze says

    We are trying the APPLE HONEY TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING this year with the turkey.

  81. The Super Easy Roast Turkey Dinner

  82. Sarah Ferguson says

    Some apple honey turkey sausage stuffing sounds great.

  83. Eric Reardon says

    ONE-POT SAUCY TURKEY MEATBALLS would be a tasty treat.

  84. Apple Honey Turkey Sausage Stuffing sounds so yummy!

  85. Dana Miller says

    I can’t wait to try the MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE PASTA recipe with leftover turkey.

  86. Edith Rennes says

    I think the SPANISH-STYLE TURKEY RICE PILAF looks worth a try.

  87. Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip looks yummy.

  88. I would like to try the Apple Honey Turkey Sausage Stuffing

  89. Turkey cheddar spinach dip.

  90. I’d love to try the Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites recipe.

  91. Whole Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Pear Chutney. thanks

  92. Cathy Balogh says

    SKY-HIGH VEGGIE PACKED TURKEY NACHOS

  93. Florence Cochrane says

    I will be trying the Turkey Cheddar Spinach dip

  94. angie andrews says

    The whole roasted Turkey with cranberry pear chutney sounds great

  95. Margaret Huitema says

    TURKEY CHEDDAR SPINACH DIP sounds really good!

  96. I’d like to try the Adobo-Style Slow Cooker Turkey Roast.

  97. Jocelyne Alldrick says

    Turkey cheddar spinach dip sounds pretty good..i might try that!

  98. One-Pot Cranberry Chipotle Sausage Rice Pilaf

  99. Marc-Andre Taillefer says

    Mediterranean Turkey Sausage Pasta sounds like a great dish

  100. I want to try the Oven Roasted Whole Turkey and Mixed Vegetables.

  101. We don’t mind cranberry sauce that comes out of, for example, a can. But a simple, interesting twist on it is something I wouldn’t mind. So I’d like to try the recipe for orange cracked black pepper cranberry sauce that they have.

  102. I would like to try the adobo style slow cooker turkey roast!

  103. I’d love to try the turkey cheddar spinach dip.

  104. I would love to try the ORANGE-CRACKED BLACK PEPPER CRANBERRY SAUCE! Looks sure good , really add a kick to the turkey this year !

  105. I would like to try the turkey cheddar spinach dip.

  106. I bookmarked a couple of them. I think the SPANISH-STYLE TURKEY RICE PILAF sounded really good and something my youngest kid (the tough one) would enjoy.

  107. Chris MacDonald says

    I will be trying the Apple Honey Turkey Sausage Stuffing recipe.

  108. Today I feel like the Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

  109. The apple honey turkey sausage stuffing sounds delish!

  110. I’d like to try the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese recipe over the holidays.

  111. Karla Sceviour says

    I`ll be trying the SPANISH STYLE TURKEY RICE PILAF

  112. The Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip is one that I’ll be trying out first!

  113. The Spanish Style Turkey Rice Pilaf!

  114. Andrea Williams says

    I would like to make the Meal Starter Turkey Ragu.

  115. Cloe St-Amour says

    The Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip sounds yummy!

  116. I would like to try the INSTANT POT HERBED TURKEY BREAST AND GRAVY

  117. Karin Dollery says

    I would like to try Grandma’s Turkey-Stuffed Mini-Buns. These sound delish

  118. Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip. thx

  119. I will be trying the Super Easy Roast Turkey Dinner

  120. Victoria Ess says

    I’d love to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip.

  121. I will try the Oven Roasted Whole Turkey!

  122. I’ll be trying the Whole Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Pear Chutney.

  123. Gotta keep those holiday appetizers exciting & new to make it a party to remember! That’s why I’m making the Mini Masala Turkey Pot Pies for my guests!

  124. We will be trying The Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites recipe with leftovers for New Years.

  125. Turkey Mac and Cheese would be good!

  126. I’d try apple honey turkey sausage stuffing!

  127. I will be trying the Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Bites with Cranberry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce this holiday.

  128. Linda Svarovsky says

    Would love to try oven roasted whole turkey

  129. Cynthia Biggs says

    turkey noodle soup

  130. Shellie Clark says

    Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip.

  131. Devon Pickford says

    Turkey & onion skillet supper!

  132. Belinda McNabb says

    I would like to make the spanish style turkey rice pilaf

  133. I would make the OVEN ROASTED WHOLE TURKEY AND MIXED VEGETABLES

  134. HERBED BUTTER ROAST TURKEY BREAST for me

  135. LILLIAN BROWN says

    the Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites recipe would be liked by my family.

  136. I would like to try the SUPER EASY ROAST TURKEY DINNER recipe

  137. I would love to try the OVEN ROASTED WHOLE TURKEY AND MIXED VEGETABLES

  138. I would like to try the one pot turkey chipotle sausage, rice, pilaf. My family would love that rice. #EntertainWithTurkey

  139. The CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS look delicious! I will have to try out this recipe!

  140. I would try the HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS

  141. Deb Dorrington says

    I would love to try the Tasty Turkey Lasagna Rolls, I love anything that has marinara sauce and cheese.

  142. Darci Paice says

    I would like to try Spanish Style Turkey Rice Pilaf

  143. Elaine Buonsante says

    The recipe for SPANISH STYLE TURKEY RICE PILAF sounds so good I would buy the meat ingredients for it because we never have enough leftover meat for a recipe like this.

  144. Erin McSweeney says

    trying the APPLE HONEY TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING

  145. Turkey pizza meatloaf

  146. Supereasy Roasted Turkey Dinner

  147. I would try this one as it sounds pretty easy. Oven Roasted Whole Turkey and Mixed Vegetables

  148. Brad Kinchen says

    OVEN ROASTED WHOLE TURKEY AND MIXED VEGETABLES

  149. I’d love to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip

  150. Nicole Jubleew says

    I’m going to make the Tasty Turkey Lasagna Rolls!

  151. Jennifer Wilson says

    I would love to try the Turkey Sausage and Seafood Chowder recipe!

  152. Turkey Noodle Soup

  153. Turkey gravy using the neck… yum!

  154. Patrick Siu says

    I’d love to try the Turkey Sausage and Seafood Chowder

  155. Kaitlyn Hogan says

    I can’t get enough turkey! We had one cooked for Christmas and will be making another for New Year’s Eve because New Year’s Day is my mother in laws birthday. More leftover turkey will be perfect to try the turkey cheddar spinach dip!

  156. Mike Gismondi says

    I think I will try the ONE-POT CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE SAUSAGE RICE PILAF. It sounds delicious

  157. Doris Humber says

    I’d try the turkey noodle soup.

  158. One-Pot Saucy Turkey Meatballs look good, I ‘m sure the family would like them

  159. turkey noodle soup is perfect for turkey leftovers!

  160. turkey sausage and seafood chowder

  161. Sandra Dufoe says

    Roasting a whole turkey usually my mother in law does this but dinner is at my home this year.

  162. Whole roast with cranberry pear chutney

  163. Catherine Cole says

    TURKEY CHEDDAR SPINACH DIP

  164. The recipe for TANDOORI TURKEY LEGS AND WINGS sounds delicious. Something different for the dinner table.

  165. Aarone Mawdsley says

    easy roast turkey dinner

  166. The RUSTIC TUSCAN TURKEY, KALE AND BEAN DINNER sounds delicious. It’s not much of a holiday meal, but my family would love it!

  167. The apple, honey, turkey sausage stuffing sounds amazing.

  168. I’d like to try the recipe on this post. The moment I seen the picture, I started drooling. I know what I’m trying this week 🙂 I love turmeric with the rice *drools*

  169. Tara Gauthier says

    I would love to try the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip for our next appie night or for taking over when visiting friends.

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