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This is the time of year when I start getting excited about all of the festive food that is going to be enjoyed over the holidays. I love the seemingly abundance of foods and treats that flourish tables while surrounded by family and friends. Nothing goes better with food than good conversation and good company.
My family relies on a tried and true favourite during the holidays and we never stray from the path. Turkey. Turkey is a great addition to any holiday feast and don’t think that it can only be made one way. No way! Turkey is so versatile and it’s fun to get creative with this lean protein meat. There are so many ways to enjoy it and you can surely “wow” your guests with your skills in the kitchen when turkey is involved.
Along with the holidays comes parties and lots of people. Although it’s fun to bustle around prepping tasty foods for guests, you don’t want to spend all of your time in the kitchen missing out on the fun. Cut down on the time it takes to prepare an amazing meal and enjoy more time with company and savouring the fruits of your labour.
Making a turkey for the holidays doesn’t have to be time consuming, difficult or stressful. Thanks to Canadian Turkey’s “Make it Faster” Festive Carved Turkey recipe, you can cut your cooking time to less than half! Simply ask your butcher to break down the turkey into parts or buy a variety of parts at the meat counter of your grocery store. Rather than using a whole turkey, having it broke down into parts will significantly cut down on your cooking time without missing out on all that delicious turkey flavour everyone loves.
Your guests are going to love this festive meal and appreciate the time they get to spend with you, thanks to the time you save in the kitchen.
“Make it Faster” Festive Carved Turkey
Get your roasted turkey showstopper on the table in record time!
1 cup roughly chopped carrots
1 cup roughly chopped celery
1 cup roughly chopped onion
2 tbsp olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 14 -16 lb turkey, broken down into parts OR
2 large legs, 2 large thighs and 2 large bone-in breasts
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup broth
½ cup white wine
1 tbsp each of paprika, thyme, sage, oregano and garlic powder
salt and pepper to season
fresh rosemary and thyme (optional)
- Set your oven to 425F.
- Place your carrots, celery, onions and garlic in a large roasting pan.
- Dress with olive oil and a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.
- Pat the turkey parts dry with a paper towel.
- Combine dry spices to make a rub. Sprinkle generously on both sides of the turkey parts.
- Spread your turkey parts skin side up around the pan. Make sure to leave room between the pieces to allow heat to circulate.
- If using any fresh herbs, tuck in around the parts.
- Add the broth and white wine.
- Roast turkey for 30 minutes at 425F.
- Lower heat to 350F and cook for an additional 1- 1½ hours until an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 170F.
- Remove from heat and tent for thirty minutes before carving.
- Tuck garlic under turkey parts to ensure they don’t burn.
- Get your local butcher to break down your turkey for you. This is an economical way to use a whole bird for parts, with no extra work for you!
- Make sure to get the carcass, neck and wings from your butcher to make a rich and tasty turkey stock.
- If your local grocer doesn’t have a butcher on site, you can use turkey parts for this recipe. Make sure to stock up on extra dark or white meat, depending on what your family prefers.
- Make a quick gravy: Pour off pan juices and let sit for 2-3 minutes until fat rises to the top. Skim off fat. Blend together remaining pan juices and vegetables to make a delicious gravy. Add a ½ – ¾ cup of broth or milk, 2 tbsp of cornstarch and heat until thickened to desired consistency.
If you’re looking for even more holiday meal inspiration and delicious turkey ideas, check out canadianturkey.ca for loads of delicious recipes, whole bird how-to’s, appetizers and ideas for what to do with your holiday leftovers. Canadian Turkey has everything you need for holiday meal inspiration all in one convenient place. I love the tips and tricks they share to help make meal preparation easier.
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