I am a Canadian Turkey Ambassador and this post was sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.
It may not look like spring but we all know if a few weeks the weather will perk up and with it, the festivities of the season will begin. Making a super easy roast turkey dinner will easily help feed the crowds when celebrating occasions like Mother’s Day, Victoria Day, Father’s Day communions, confirmations and graduations.
Maybe you’re hosting a family brunch and looking for a way to not only impress the family but also serve a healthy meal option. Turkey is leaner than a ham or prime rib and with the option of dark and light meat, you can cater to your crowd. When we have both mine and my husband’s families over we try to bake up a few extra turkey legs to keep everyone happy and the price is right.
The other benefit of serving turkey is, of course, the leftovers. If you’re serving a crowd use the handy turkey calculator at canadianturkey.ca to see the exact size of the turkey you need. You can easily freeze cooked turkey for the perfect meal starters during hectic days.
No time for a whole turkey? Your local grocer or butcher will have turkey thighs, drumsticks and turkey breasts on hand that you can prepare in half the time of a full turkey. Carve them up and serve as an impressive centrepiece.
Need more great reasons to choose Canadian turkey for your next special occasion?
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. Looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TOs? 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 TOs 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.
SUPER EASY ROAST TURKEY DINNER
Try our recipe for a Super Fast and Easy Roast Turkey Dinner, which makes for a festive and beautiful presentation while allowing you to customize with your favourite cuts. No one will know that you didn’t roast the whole turkey, and you can make sure to cook the breast and drums to the perfect temperature, ensuring they are super moist and delicious.
Prep time: 15 mins.
Cook time: 60 mins.
2 X 3 lb turkey breast roast
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup white wine (or turkey broth if you prefer)
2 large heads of garlic
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF (177ºC).
- Rub the turkey with olive oil.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the turkey into your roasting pan. Add the wine or turkey broth.
- Cut the heads of garlic in half. Add to the pan. Add rosemary sprigs.
- Roast for 45 – 60 minutes until the juices run clear and an instant thermometer reads 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the breast. Drumsticks will be cooked up to 15-20 minutes sooner, remove when ready 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.
- Squeeze cooked garlic cloves out of casing. Mash into pan juices. Heat gently and add flour, if necessary, to thicken to create a gravy.
TIP: You can easily customize this recipe to your guests’ likes and preferences. Increase the breast meat if guests prefer white meat or increase drumsticks or add thighs if more desire dark meat instead. White or dark meat, turkey is still super lean.
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