It’s Time to #EntertainWithTurkey. Tips, Recipes and a Giveaway!

It’s Time to #EntertainWithTurkey. Tips, Recipes and a Giveaway!
Disclosure: This post/giveaway has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey.

The weather outside is frightful. Truly it is. I could have skated to work this morning! And, although I could live without the slippery streets the wintry weather has kick started me into holiday mode.  My daughter and I put a few decorations up this week, I’ve got a good start on my shopping and now I’m starting to think about all of the baking and cooking (and eating) that’s still to come! Food is such a central part of our celebrations. For me, treating my friends and family to delicious food is every bit as important as the gifts I put under the tree.

If you’re anything like me you probably put a lot of time and effort into cooking this time of year. Whether it’s for an office potluck, whipping up finger food to take to a friend’s party, or the full out turkey dinner with all the trimmings, it seems like the cooking doesn’t stop during the holidays. And as much I I love to cook, and I really do, I also want to spend time with my friends and family and not be stuck in the kitchen the entire holiday!

Entertain With Turkey

I think most of us think about turkey when we think about our holiday meal. Crispy, juicy, tender and oh so tasty. That traditional turkey dinner is so familiar, so comforting to many of us. It is the pinnacle of the holiday feast! And everything you need to know about roasting the perfect Canadian Turkey  – from figuring out what size you need right through to how to carve it – you can find at the whole bird how to section on the Canadian Turkey website.

So, we know turkey can be the star of the show, but it’s far too good, healthy, easy and versatile to just be on your menu for one night during the holidays.

 Make Turkey The Star Of Your Holiday Season

  • Save precious cooking time and have more fun entertaining by preparing a meal using a variety of turkey cuts instead of a whole turkey.  You can customize your meal based on your guests’ preferences easily by serving more dark or more white turkey, and cut your cooking time in half or less.
  • Make turkey your own way! Experiment with different flavours, spice rubs, herbs, stuffings and glazes to create your own signature meal. Turkey pairs well with different flavor profiles so feel free to get creative.
  • Sub ground turkey into any of your favourite ground chicken, ground pork or ground beef recipes. Turkey is versatile, juicy and packed with flavor, making it a great entertaining go-to ingredient.
  • Get your guests involved by hosting a potluck. You provide the crowd pleasing main dish, like a whole roasted turkey, and then have your guests bring a selection of appetizers, salads and desserts.  Guests love to contribute and this will help take the heat off of you!
  • Experiment with something other than a formal sit down. A buffet-style meal encourages snacking throughout the night, mingling while guests eat and chat, and allows for a more social and relaxed feel.  Choose foods that taste great at room temperature, like a stuffed turkey breast or turkey casserole.
  • Use turkey sausage for lighter versions of traditional sausage rolls, mini flatbreads, crostini, pasta salad dishes and puff pastry appetizers. It’s a tasty way to cut calories while still packing a big flavor punch.
  • Consider building your party around a series of appetizers. There are many recipes that can be made ahead of time, like our Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites.  Finger foods also mean using less dishes and cutlery, saving time when it comes to clean up.

For some more great holiday entertaining tips and some mouth watering recipes take a look at the Canadian Turkey Holiday Entertaining Guide.

I know that these Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites are going to be on my holiday menu this year. They are so pretty and sound delicious! Be sure to download the Entertaining Guide to get the recipe!

Bookmark canadianturkey.ca to discover everything you need to plan and cook the perfect celebration meal.  The site is packed with tips, techniques and recipe inspiration.  With a library of step-by-step information they can help you make a turkey for the first time, or perfect all the details of your holiday meal if you’re an experienced cook.  The recipes section is packed with amazing recipes for main dishes and appetizers, and a gold mine of ideas for your holiday leftovers!

Enter to Win

To help get you into the holiday spirit I am thrilled to be able to offer you a great giveaway (thanks to Canadian Turkey) for my readers. One of you is going to win a $75 Amazon e-card! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (except Quebec) age 18 and over. Good luck and Happy Holidays from our home to yours!!

 

This article has 61 comments

  1. The Cranberry Chipotle Turkey Sausage Savoury Tartlets would make the perfect appetizer to bring to holiday parties to share with family & friends!

  2. TURKEY, CRANBERRY AND GOAT CHEESE PARTY BITES

  3. Apple Butter and Thyme Glazed Roast Turkey

  4. I would like to try the Honey Apple Turkey Sausage Savoury Tartlets recipe this holiday.

  5. i’ll be making the Family-Style Turkey Braise with Polenta!

  6. I’ll be making the SLOW COOKER TURKEY BLACK BEAN CHILI with the leftovers.

  7. I want to try the Tandoori Turkey Legs and Wings

  8. NormaJane Nowoselski
    Friday 30 November 2018, 10:48 pm

    https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/slow-cooker
    Yum! This would be wonderful any day during the holidays we just need to lay back and relax. Healthy, hearty and delicious. Easy too.

  9. I would like to try the CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS

  10. The Apple Butter and Thyme Glazed Roast Turkey looks delish!

  11. I have an IP so the Instant Pot Herbed Turkey Breast and Gravy.

  12. I would like to try the TURKEY SAUSAGE AND SEAFOOD CHOWDER

  13. The CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS sound delish!

  14. I will be trying the Turkey, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Party Bites. Thank you!

  15. STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROLL Is what I would try to make, thanks

  16. I think I would love to try the Tandoori Turkey Legs recipe

  17. I would love to try the HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS this holiday season.

  18. The TURKEY SAUSAGE AND SEAFOOD CHOWDER sounds delicious.

  19. I would love to serve the Cranberry Chipotle Turkey Sausage Savoury Tartlets this Christmas.

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

  21. I want to serve my guests the CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS

  22. I would like to make the honey-apple turkey sausage savoury tartlets because they sound like they would be delicious appetizers for the holidays. I think my friends and family will love them. #EntertainWithTurkey

  23. I want to try the HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS

  24. The Slow Cooked Turkey Meat Sauce and Baked Rigatoni

    sounds good, I will make it.

  25. FILIPINO ADOBO STYLE SLOW COOKER TURKEY ROAST sounds awesome!

  26. Debbie White-Beattie
    Monday 3 December 2018, 5:51 pm

    I want to try the Sky-High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos because they’re perfect for any holiday party

  27. The stuffed turkey breast rolls sound good!

  28. I’d love to try the

    Crostini with Turkey, Brie and Spicy-Sweet Date Chutney

    recipe!

  29. The turkey meatballs! Thanks!

  30. Oh the turkey, cranberry and goat cheese party bites look fantastic.

  31. Mmm. Stuffed turkey breast rolls. 

  32. I love turkey leftovers and will be trying the turkey baked potatoes and the Turkey nachos.

  33. I’d love to try the insta pot one but dont have an insta pot Id also try this one TURKEY SAUSAGE AND SEAFOOD CHOWDER

  34. I’d be trying the 5-Ingredient Creamy Lemon Garlic Skillet Turkey recipe this holiday.

  35. I would like to try the CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS

  36. I would like to try the STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROLL.

  37. I would love to try the TURKEY, CRANBERRY AND GOAT CHEESE PARTY BITES

  38. I want to try The Slow Cooked Turkey Meat Sauce and Baked Rigatoni! It sounds delicious and I love using the slow cooker 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  39. I like the WHOLE ROASTED TURKEY WITH CRANBERRY PEAR CHUTNEY.

  40. I would love to try the STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROLL

  41. Tari Wala Turkey sounds good.

  42. I think I’m going to try the Cranberry Chipotle Turkey Sausage Savoury Tartlets.

  43. I’d try the Stuffed Turkey Breast Rolls.

  44. I cant wait to try the CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS!

  45. I will be trying the Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip recipe.

  46. I would like to try the APPLE HONEY TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING

  47. I’m going to make the Cranberry Chipotle Turkey Sausage Savoury Tartlets

  48. I love the MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE PASTA!

  49. We’ll be trying the Adobo-Style Slow Cooker Turkey Roast

  50. Whole Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Pear Chutney

  51. I would love to try the Whole Roasted turkey with Cranberry Pear Chutney–yum!

  52. ORANGE-CRACKED BLACK PEPPER CRANBERRY SAUCE would be a perfect addition to our holiday meal.

  53. I really want to try the HONEY APPLE TURKEY SAUSAGE SAVOURY TARTLETS! They look so good ! This might just be my new fave ! It sounds right up my alley ! lol

  54. I will be trying the ONE-POT APPLE HONEY TURKEY SAUSAGE RICE PILAF

  55. Sooo many great choices!

    I’m trying the Sky High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos – Yumm !

    and thanks for hosting and posting 😉

  56. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)
    Wednesday 12 December 2018, 1:41 pm

    I’d like to try the Classic Turkey soup recipe. Sounds so delicious.

  57. I will be trying the Mini Masala Turkey Pot Pies this year.

  58. I’d like to make the STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROLL. Looks delicious!

  59. I will be trying the SPANISH-STYLE TURKEY RICE PILAF

  60. The holiday recipe that I will be trying is the ROASTING A WHOLE TURKEY.

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