Holiday Entertaining Made Easy With Canadian Turkey
Turkey is a holiday staple around here. Well, if I am honest, we eat Turkey all year round, but for the holidays it is a must-have!
Whether you are cooking for 2, or are like me and have a clan of 40+ to feed, Canadian Turkey is not only an affordable option, it is a versatile one too.
If you are looking to change-up your holiday meal this year, put a twist on your main star – the turkey, with this Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Thigh Roast recipe.
Oh, and if you like giveaways, you might just want to keep reading as there might be a little somethin’ somethin’ for you at the end of the post!
Entertaining Made Easy With Canadian Turkey
Lets get excited about turkey!
And while we are getting excited, let’s get real, food and drinks are key in entertaining.
I’ll admit, I have been to a few too many holiday celebrations where I left starving. Don’t be that host, give your guests a meal that will not only fill up their tummy, but will leave them talking about how amazing your food was!
Get Holiday-Ready With Canadian Turkey
The holidays can be a stressful time for many, especially if you are hosting a crowd! I have some great tips to help you get ready for the holidays and take a bit of that stress away.
The cost of the holidays can add up quickly. If you are hosting a feast, 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. Your guests will never know once the meat is all carved up. Bonus tip: Some grocery stores will even match their competitors utility turkey price and upgrade you to a Grade A turkey, so be sure to watch those flyers!
Involve your family in the cooking to take some of the weight off your shoulders! If hosting a dinner, ask guests to bring some of the side dishes to lessen your long to-do list.
When you are hosting a smaller crowd you can save cooking time and have more fun entertaining your guests by preparing a meal using turkey parts instead of a whole turkey. It is so easy to customize your meal based on your guests preferences by easily serving more dark or white meat. It can also cut your cooking time in half or less!
Feeding A Large Crowd On A Budget
This is totally us, every boxing day we host Steve’s family. When I say family I mean aunts, uncles, cousins, and kids galore! We usually have around 40 people here each year and feeding a crowd that big can be costly.
We easily feed our large holiday crowd on a budget by serving whole roasted Canadian turkeys that we get on sale (no surprise). I always ensure to prep our turkey in advance and have whatever sides we are making ready to cook while the turkey is in the oven.
If you are wondering what size bird you will need to feed your holiday crowd, Canadian turkey has you covered! Head over to their website where you can find their Whole Bird Calculator to help you determine the perfect size of turkey for your meal.
Trust The Experts
If you want your gathering to run as smoothly as possible, and your meal to be incredibly delicious, visit sites like Canadian Turkey. They have amazing resources like Turkey Basics videos to help you create the perfect roast turkey meal with fool-proof instructions, hints and tips. You can also find an endless selection of amazing recipes to wow your guests with!
Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Thigh Roast
This amazing recipe will definitely be the main star of your holiday dinner. With a delicious glaze, and mouth-watering stuffing, you can’t go wrong cooking this up for your family!Print
1.5 lbs. boneless Canadian turkey thigh
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. ground Italian seasoning
1 cup diced onion
2 cups finely diced crusty bread
1 cup turkey sausage (2 medium sausages)
½ cup milk
1 cup chopped roasted chestnuts
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp. chopped parsley
2 cups pomegranate juice
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
5 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. pomegranates
1. Combine pomegranate juice, sugar and apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Reduce to a low simmer for 45 – 60 minutes until mixture thickens to a glaze and can coat the back of a spoon. Mixture can be made up to 1 week ahead and refrigerated until needed.
1. Cook sausage over medium heat until cooked through and no longer pink, 8 – 12 minutes, set aside.
2. Add olive oil and onions. Cook over medium heat until onions and browned and caramelized, 8-10 minutes.
3. Cube bread into pieces and soak with milk until absorbed, 10-12 minutes.
4. Combine soaked bread, onion, and sausage together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine with chestnuts, parsley and eggs. Set aside.
1. Spread out turkey thigh meat skin side down.
2. Trim extra parts and pieces to create a rough rectangle.
3. Season with salt and pepper, and half of the garlic powder and half of the Italian seasoning.
4. Drizzle glaze generously over the meat.
5. Spread stuffing mixture over the meat leaving a few inches along the edges free of stuffing. This will make it easier to roll up.
6. Roll up the turkey and tie with butchers twine.
7. Season the outside with salt and pepper and the rest of the garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
8. Sear all sides of the turkey roast over medium heat until browned, 10 – 15 minutes.
9. Drizzle generously with the pomegranate glaze.
10. Roast at 350°F (177°C) for 45 – 55 minutes until cooked through and a meat thermometer registers 180°F (82°C) in the thickest part of the roast.
11. Once cooked, let the roast rest for 20 minutes before cutting and serving.
12. Garnish with pomegranates.
TIP: If you have smaller turkey thighs on hand you can use the same method to make individual roasts.
Use hashtag #TurkeyTraditions on social media to share your turkey inspired meals, and get inspiration from others!
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