MAKE THE MOST OF THANKSGIVING WITH BUTTERBALL

This Thanksgiving, we want you and your wallet to keep calm and turkey on. It’s why Butterball Canada has put together all the hosting tips, tricks and recipes you’ll need to nail your celebration and stay within budget. It’s time to get planning and prepping so you can make the most of what matters this Thanksgiving – making memories with loved ones.

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Whether you’re cooking for two or twenty this Thanksgiving, Chef Shahir Massoud is here to help you host the ultimate Thanksgiving that you and your family will remember forever.

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Hosting Friendsgiving this year? Erin Abe shares her tips for hosting a delicious Thanksgiving feast for your friends, without blowing the bank!

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Jam out during your Thanksgiving cookout. We took the turkey cook timer to new heights with customized playlists featuring classic tunes that match various turkey cook times. Whether you’re cooking a turkey for 12, 8 or 4 guests, all you’ll need to do is throw on one of these playlists and sing or dance along. When the playlist finishes, you’ll know your turkey is done and you’ll have already had a blast with your loved ones!

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Does Thanksgiving prep make you feel like you’re in the hot seat? Our Turkey Talk Line is the ultimate “call a friend”. Whether it’s your first time cooking a turkey, or you need a quick refresher, our Turkey Talk Line experts can answer all your questions this Thanksgiving! Click here for hotline hours and more information.

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Still need some last-minute turkey tips? Turn crunch time into munch time with these quick turkey cooking hits that will get you geared up and ready to go for the big day!

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Thaw-t you knew everything there was to cooking a turkey but are having second thoughts? From thawing, through cooking and carving, we’re sharing our tested tips, tricks, and know-how for easy hosting. Watch these videos so that you can head into your Thanksgiving with cooking confidence.

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Our turkey calculator can be your sous-chef this Thanksgiving. This one-stop tool will help you stay on track and on budget by calculating the size of turkey needed for your guestlist, and then will help you figure out how much time you’ll need to thaw and cook it. Now, get to planning and thank us later.

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Is inflation burning a hole in your pocket? Fear not—Butterball has teamed up with Dempster’s once again, this time to give you the ultimate Thanksgiving prize pack. Stay tuned to our social channels this Friday for your chance to win $300 worth of vouchers and gift cards, so you can hit the grocery store with confidence!

Miso Turkey

Miso hungry for this delicious (and affordable!) Thanksgiving meal! Butterball turkey, potatoes, green beans, and a cherry mostarda to top it all off, you’ve got the perfect combination of sweet and savoury—for only $9.56 a serving!

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Catch us EN-DIVing into this fully equipped turkey dinner this Thanksgiving. Serving 10 people at only $13.56 a head, this recipe is perfect for a larger family gathering and incorporates all of our favourite fall flavours—cranberries, brown butter and crispy sweet potatoes.

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Herbalicious, so delicious, makes them guests go loco. When you combine simple herbs, the sweetness of maple and sourness of lemon on a juicy Butterball turkey, you’ll have your guests coming back for seconds and maple even herbs. We meant thirds.

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We apri-COT you wanting to make this tasty stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving–and we don’t blame you! With just seven ingredients, this Apricot Almond Turkey Stuffing will have your guests going ‘nutty’ for more.

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We can give you 65 reasons to love this delicious take on a classic Indian dish, but we think it’s better if you taste it than hear it. Made using bold spices like turmeric, chilies and coriander, this flavour-forward turkey is a unique twist that you can serve-up this Thanksgiving to try something new.

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You’ll have a hard time saying jalape-NO to this recipe. Using just a few simple ingredients, you have the perfect way to reinvent your Thanksgiving turkey into a new meal that can be enjoyed on Thanksgiving Monday and beyond!

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Just like mom used to make! Pick your favourite pasta and use some of your Thanksgiving Butterball turkey to create this flavourful comfort food for your dinner or lunches the week after! Perfect for those blustery autumn days, just one bowl of this will warm you from the inside out.

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Rice, spice and turkey makes everything so nice! With this super simple but super tasty turkey fried rice, you’ll be able to try a new meal using the same turkey you cooked with on Thanksgiving.

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Need some cheering up now that Thanksgiving is over? You can curl up, get cozy and enjoy these still tender and juicy comforting turkey pot pies when you use your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers creatively to create this ultimate comfort food.

Host a Stress-Free and Affordable Friendsgiving with Erin Abe

Host a Stress-Free and Affordable Friendsgiving with Erin Abe

By: Erin Abe

From appetizers, side dishes upon side dishes, to desserts and of course the turkey, we all know how much love goes into hosting holiday meals for friends and family. To help ease stress, foodie content creator Erin Abe is sharing her tips for hosting an enjoyable and stress-free Friendsgiving feast!

  1. Opt for a Turkey Roast:

    Go the no fuss no muss route with a Butterball Turkey roast in lieu of a whole turkey, which you’ll probably eat with your family anyways. From freezer, to oven, to table, Butterball Turkey Roasts are easy to prepare – no thawing, no mess, simple to carve and always tender and juicy!

  2. Add a Little Something, Something to Pre-Made Foods:

    Don’t be afraid to go with what you know! Butterball stuffing is a super easy and delicious way to enhance your Thanksgiving dinner. You can EVEN spice it up by adding your own ingredients like apples, dates or cranberries to take it to the next level and make your friends think you made it from scratch. Shh, we won’t tell!

  3. Outsource to Your Pals:

    Have your guests bring a dish! Ranging from sides to dessert to drink options.With rising inflation on everyone’s minds this year, a potluck will help ease the cost of hosting a large group of people and take a load off of your plate!

  4. Get your game face on all weekend long!:

    Prep ingredients ahead of time so when it comes to the day of, it’s a breeze and you’ll get to spend more time with your guests.

  5. Scope out Tablescapes Early:

    Prepare table décor (linens, dishes, cutlery, festive accessories) a couple weeks in advance. Not only will that get you into the Thanksgiving spirit, but it will allow you to focus on the most important part (the food, obviously) leading up to Thanksgiving.

  6. Get that checklist going:

    In advance of Thanksgiving, be sure to take inventory of your kitchen – including making a list of ingredients and cooking accessories you will be using for your recipes. Make sure you have all the necessary tools such as pans, serving trays, carving knife and meat thermometer, to save yourself a host-ache while preparing your meal on the big day.

  7. Prepare yourself (and your fridge) for leftovers:

    We all know leftovers are the best part about Thanksgiving! Whether you’re whipping up a turkey soup, sandwich, salad or more, make sure you have lots of containers or paper plates on deck! Don’t forget to check out the recipe section of the Butterball’s library of recipes for inspiration on creating new meals with holiday leftovers.

It’s Turkey Time! 7 Tips for Planning Your Best Holiday Dinner

It’s Turkey Time! 7 Tips for Planning Your Best Holiday Dinner

By: Chef Shahir Massoud

While some people will opt for a smaller gathering again this year, many will be taking the leap to host a larger crowd! But whether you’re cooking for two or twenty, the tips below from Chef Shahir Massoud will help you host a stress-free Thanksgiving that you and your family will remember forever.

  1. Know Your Guests

You have to know how much turkey to buy in order to feed a crowd! I always recommend 1 1/2 pounds per guest (this will leave enough for leftovers, which you’ll want after checking out our recipes on butterball.ca), but you can also check out the Turkey Calculator from Butterball to help you buy enough for your celebration. I also recommend that when choosing a “cook-from-frozen” or other frozen option, be mindful about thawing time! I personally always go for the Butterball Stuffed Turkey because it’s cook from frozen and has the best stuffing already taken care of. Plus, you’ll likely have leftovers—and the further we can stretch meals in this time of rising inflation, the better!

  1. Be Strategic With Your Side Dishes

Remember that your oven will be busy with the turkey, so try to plan a menu where the side dishes won’t need that valuable real estate.  Check out some great recipes this year, like our Crispy Sweet Potatoes with Whipped Goat Cheese, Sour Cream and Onion Mash, Brown Butter Green Beans, Autumn Salad, and Cranberry Orange and Chili Sauce—all of which can be done on your stovetop while the turkey roasts and cooks.

  1. Outsource Some of the Work

Hey, there’s no shame in asking for a little help! Ask mom to bring a dessert, or your freeloading brother-in-law to at least pitch in with some appetizers!  If you try to do it all, there won’t be any room for the host to join in the fun, and plus it helps save on your hosting budget a bit. So, divide and conquer. Whoever oversees the main star of the dinner—the turkey—shouldn’t also have to worry about how to start and end the feast.

  1. Set the Mood

There’s nothing like a little music to get everyone feeling festive! Plus, it may even incite some dancing or singing (which may end up resulting in laughter, too!). I recently made up a YouTube playlist of some of my favourite tracks for when I am prepping and hosting Thanksgiving—give it a listen!

  1. No Phone Rule!

Now listen, I totally agree that the final spread on the table should be documented for Instagram. BUT make a rule at the table: after photos are snapped and shared, put the phones away. Yes, even the disgruntled teenager.  After the initial shock and reactionary motions that your hand starts to make for your pocket (fight the temptation!!) you’ll find that everyone at the table will start talking.  Dare I say it, you may even start to share what you’re thankful for! So put away the phones, dine, talk, and laugh.

  1. Dress the Table (and Yourselves!)

Half of the fun with the holiday is the special sense of occasion. Get out the tablecloths, candles, and silverware, and decorate the table with seasonal items. Have fun with how the table looks, even before the beautiful spread of food hits it. And listen, I’m the last guy to say it’s time to dress up, but people… it’s time to dress up.  Trade the sweats for some real clothes and bask in the sense of occasion.  Then switch right back to the sweats after that second helping—no judgement at that point.

  1. Build New Traditions

If you’re like me, then you’re still getting used to being in charge of your own family Thanksgiving.  After a lifetime of being at the ‘kid table,’ it’s almost surreal to remember that you’re in charge now!  Sure, that comes with a lot of responsibility (people are expecting a great meal!), but it also comes with a lot of opportunity to put your own stamp and yearly traditions on things.  So, think outside the box, but keep it simple and consistent. If there’s a dish, activity, ritual, etc. that your family can count on every year, then you my friend, have built your own signature tradition.

Get Too Cool for School with these Back to School Lunch Tips

By: Chef Shahir Massoud

Back to school lunch bento boxes are fun to put together, delicious to eat, and add a kick of nutrition to keep kids energized for the day! Check out some useful tips that will help you curate the ultimate lunch that kids will actually eat!

  1. Use Butterball Extra Lean Turkey Ham 

Kids need protein to get through the school day feeling full, focused, and energized—plus, we don’t want them getting ‘hangry’! The Butterball extra lean turkey ham is a ‘better-for’-you’ route to getting that punch of protein while enjoying the flavours of a smoked ham!  Start by cutting slices from your Butterball extra lean turkey ham, then punch out fun shapes with their favourite cookie cutters.

  1. Cookie cutters for everything!

I like to make a trip to my local bulk food store to pick up all sorts of cookie cutter shapes and sizes.  Better yet, take the kids with you and let them select a few that will get them excited about eating their lunch!  Cut out fun shapes from your slices of Butterball extra lean turkey ham, but don’t stop there! Cookie cutters are a whimsical way to transform apple slices, cucumber, bell peppers, pineapple, and carrots! You’ll be amazed how much fruit and veg the kids eat when they’re transformed into fun shapes.

  1. Pack up healthier crackers

Try to sneak in some ‘healthier’ stuff, even with the crackers! Look for tasty options that include a wholesome punch: whole grain, quinoa, and even sweet potato crackers are all great ideas. Plus, the kids will have fun using the crackers to build their own sandwiches—there’s so much room for creativity!

  1. Always pack a little treat

A well-balanced lunch snack box must have a little treat at the end, right!? It’s important to practice it in moderation but including a little sweet helps the kids get excited about digging in for lunch!

  1. Use the Scraps! 

Don’t waste the cut-outs leftover from the Butterball turkey ham and the vegetables.  Chop them up and add them to your next batch of omelets, fajitas, or egg bites for breakfast on the run!

Get Fired Up for Grilling this Summer with Butterball 

The weather is hot, and so are our barbeques! Butterball Canada is ready for grilling season 2022, and we’re ready to inspire you with summer grilling ideas and the best BBQ recipes of the year. So, take your pick—all of these recipes are perfect for enjoying under the sun with your friends and family, because let’s face it, what’s better than enjoying a deliciously juicy grilled turkey breast or grilled turkey burger surrounded by the people you love most?

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Pickled cucumber and truffle mustard turkey franks

We must-ard admit, these Truffle Mustard Butterball Turkey Franks with Pickled Cucumbers are drool-worthy and perfect for when you want to channel your inner-child but still serve-up something gourmet at your next summer BBQ. Plus, they’re both kid and adult approved, and a must-have for your next summer BBQ. See the full recipe here.

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

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Soy, would you be interested in changing up your go-to burger recipe for these Teriyaki Butterball Turkey Burgers? They might just become your new fav! See the full recipe here.

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What do you do when you can’t pick just one? You pick them all. These Hawaiian dogs, Korean dogs, Coney Island dogs and Mexican dogs are all made with Butterball turkey franks and are a guaranteed crowd pleaser—there’s something for everyone! See the full recipe here.

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Cherry glazed turkey ham

Looking for a cherr-ific new recipe that features Butterball turkey ham? Say no more and try out this Cherry-Glazed Turkey Ham. The glaze is made in just a few minutes, and the turkey ham needs just a quick grill, which means you’ve got great BBQ dinner in less than 15 minutes! See the full recipe here.

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Turkey drums with BBQ mustard

Drum roll please! You’ve never had BBQ sauce OR mustard like thisbecause it’s a combo of both. Lather it over some deliciously juicy Butterball turkey drums, or any other Butterball products for that matter,  a perfect summer meal. See the full recipe here.

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Curry lime turkey burger

Keep calm and curry on with this Curry-Lime Butterball Turkey Burger recipe. People will be lime-ing up for seconds for this one, so make sure you make a double batch! See the full recipe here.

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BBQ turkey franks with grilled pineapple

Need a new summer grilling idea to pine over? BBQ Butterball Turkey Franks with Grilled Pineapple should be first on your list. It offers the mix of sweet and savoury that we all crave. See the full recipe here.

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Grilled turkey paillard with arugula caper pesto

Have you tried this Grilled Turkey Paillard with Arugula Caper Pesto? If not, we assure you, the pesto’s yet to come. This recipe can be made with a variety of Butterball turkey products in the Easy Fresh line, but definitely give it a try with the boneless breast! See the full recipe here.

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Ultimate turkey burgers

There’s nothing better than a simple recipe that doesn’t compromise on flavour. Whether it’s your new staple for easy summer entertaining, or a kid-friendly weekend meal, these Ultimate Butterball Turkey Burgers scream bun-in-a-million’. See the full recipe here.

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Tandoori turkey kebabs with cucumber raita

We will have you looking cool as a cucumber with these delicious Tandoori Skewers with Cucumber Raita atop your plate. Deliciously marinated, this recipe is made with Butterball’s boneless turkey breast roast, which gets cooked to perfection. See the full recipe here.

Meal Prep 101 with Registered Dietician Abby Langer

As a mom and a business owner, I’m always busy, just like many of you! My days are full of shuttling the kids to hockey practice or school, writing nutrition content and managing my other work obligations. When it comes to groceries and meal prep, I want to make food that’s quick and easy, but that my family is excited to eat as well!

A recipe can be healthy, easy and quick to prepare, but if nobody wants to eat it, then what’s the point? The best thing about meal prepping is that everyone in the family can get involved in the discussion and share which meals they’d like to eat in the upcoming week.

In our house, we sit down together and plan our meals. This keeps mid-week stress to a minimum and gets kids invested in buying, making and eating what they’ve chosen. It also saves money since there’s less ordering in and we only buy what we need for our predetermined dishes.

To avoid the mad rush of ticking all the nutrition and food preference boxes, I always plan ahead. That means making sure my fridge and freezer are stocked with foods that help me feed my family – and that’s where Butterball comes in. Butterball has a wide range of turkey products that integrate easily into almost any meal I make.

Some of my favourite meal preps use Butterball Easy Fresh, including my Turkey Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce, Turkey Lettuce Wraps, and Turkey BLT Salad with Buttermilk Chipotle Dressing. Butterball Easy Fresh turkey is my favourite protein to keep in my freezer! Their airtight packaging ensures they stay fresh until I need them, and they defrost.

Butterball Turkey Burgers are another great option for last-minute meals. I take however many I need out of the freezer and toss the rest back in. They cook up juicy and delicious on the stovetop in just a few minutes, and even in the dead of winter, we can enjoy burgers for dinner.

Here are my best tips for meal prepping!

  • For a family of four, this is the minimum prep I recommend: 2-3 different proteins, a pot or pan of starch (think grain or roasted potatoes), and 3-4 vegetables, cooked or raw.
  • Think about how you’ll repurpose your prepped ingredients into different dishes. For example, my Turkey BLT salad uses plain roasted Butterball Easy Fresh turkey breast that I roast in advance.
    • Although the recipe uses one whole turkey breast, if I only need one salad, I can repurpose the rest for sandwiches, pasta, or even a meal like Indian butter turkey. You can also use Butterball Turkey Breast Roast as one of your meal prep proteins – it’s easy to cook and can be used for any recipe that you’d use turkey breast for.
  • Balance is important. Plan your meals to include a protein, grain or starch, and two handfuls of vegetables for each person. It’s all about maximizing nutrition and creating meals that have a variety of nutrients.
  • Batch cook for freezer meals. I can’t count how many times I’ve been thankful to have meals in my freezer that I batch-cooked in advance. My favourite freezable batch-cooked meals are chili, turkey pot pie made with Butterball Turkey Breast Roast or leftover whole turkey, pea soup, and turkey noodle soup with tons of vegetables.
  • Have the right containers. Freezing and storing prepped food is safest in glass containers since they wash easily, are freezer safe and have no BPA. Remember to cool slightly before placing it into the freezer.

Protein Swapping: See How Turkey Stacks Up

Turn up the turkey with protein swapping!

For a few years now, many restaurants across Canada have begun making the caloric count and nutritional value of dishes visible on their menu. With hidden trans fats and sometimes very high calorie totals, it’s safe to assume that being transparent with nutritional information has influenced the ordering decisions of restaurant-goers.

Why? Canadians want to consume healthy food, whether they are ordering from a restaurant chain, or whipping up their own creation at home. In fact, Deloitte’s 2021 food consumer survey outlines that nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of Canadians have grown more interested in how their diets affect their overall health in the past year (Deloitte, 2021) But unfortunately, this has meant skipping out on some of our favourite foods simply because they are high in fat and calories, or low in protein and carbs.

Thankfully, turkey is the easy, lean protein swap to turn to, so you can continue to enjoy your favourite meals while staying conscious the dish’s nutritional content. Keep reading to learn more about the low-high comparison of some well-known dishes, and you’ll see how turkey can easily fit into your meal repertoire! The nutrition analysis below is done by a registered and authorized dietician of Canada.

Plus, you’ll also find some recipe inspo to help you get started on your swap!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Schnitzel (serves 8)

Calories: 287

Protein: 23 g

Carbs: 19 g

Fat: 13 g

Pork Schnitzel (serves 8)

Calories: 335

Protein 21 g

Carbs 19 g

Fat 19 g

Turkey Steaks with Chimichurri (serves 6)

Calories: 347

Protein: 54 g

Carbs: 1 g

Fat: 12 g

Pork Chops with Chimichurri (serves 6)

Calories: 376

Protein: 51 g

Carbs: 1 g

Fat: 17 g

Turkey Chili

Calories: 441

Protein: 38 g

Carbs: 45 g

Fat: 13 g

Beef Chili

Calories: 494

Protein: 33 g

Carbs: 45 g

Fat: 22 g

Turkey Talk-Line

It’s time to talk turkey and we’re here to help! Our Turkey Talk-Line is now open. Call 1-800-Butterball or text 1-844-877-3456 for answers to your turkey questions.

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Four Ts from the Turkey Talk-Line

It’s turkey time and we’ve got you covered. Each year, our Turkey Talk-Line experts answer more than 100,000 calls from home cooks across North America. From thawing inquires to questions about what to do when your son tries stuffing the turkey with Lego, they’ve heard it all.
We asked our Turkey Talk-Line experts the top four questions they receive each year. Their answer? The four Ts, of course!

Thawing
Each year, Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line receives thousands of questions about how and when to thaw turkeys. The safest method is refrigerator thawing. For this method, simply place the whole unopened turkey breast-side-up on a tray in your refrigerator. You’ll need one day (24 hours) of thawing for every four pounds of turkey. For example, a 16 LB turkey will take 4 days!
Check out our how-to thaw video here.

Temperature
Wondering if your turkey is done? It’s time for a temperature check! Always use a meat thermometer to determine when your turkey is fully cooked. The turkey should reach 180° F in the thigh, 165°-170°F in the breast and 165° F in the center of the stuffing.
Don’t worry, we’ve got a video for this too. Click here for temperature tips.

Two-Hour Rule
Got chatting with your family and lost track of time? Don’t worry. Your turkey can remain on the counter for up to two hours after cooking.
Pro Tip: Cover your turkey with tinfoil when it comes out of the oven to keep it warm for serving. This will help free up space in your oven to heat-up side dishes and buy you some time to add the finishing touches to your Thanksgiving feast!

Three Days to Eat
You miss 100% of the leftovers you don’t eat. After dinner, make sure to store leftover turkey in an airtight container. It can stay in your fridge for up to three days. Any longer and it’s time to hit the freezer. In need of some leftover turkey recipe inspo? We have everything from shepherd’s pie and turkey casseroles, to soups and pastas! Click here for recipes.

We’re taking the liberty of adding a fifth T – telephone. Call 1-800-Butterball or text 844-877-3456 for answers to your turkey questions. Click here for Turkey Talk-Line hours!

Top Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner by Chef Shahir Massoud

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this year’s celebration feels more special than usual. After what feels like ages, many Canadians will be able to gather with their loved ones for the holiday. As many of us may have not celebrated like we normally do last year, we may be feeling a little rusty when it comes to hosting. Or maybe you’re a first-time turkey chef! Regardless of skill level, I’m happy to share my top tips for hosting Thanksgiving dinner! And don’t worry – whether you’re cooking for 10 or just 2, these tips will help you stay organized and get that show-stopping meal on the table with ease.

Tip 1: Plan Ahead

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is not that different than being ready for a busy Saturday night dinner service in a restaurant. As a chef, I always prepare as much as I can in advance (think stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, dressings, gravy, etc. – all things that can be prepped the day before or morning of) which makes everything easier to heat up come dinner time.

When it comes to the turkey, proper planning is key! If you have a Butterball turkey that needs to be thawed in advance of cooking, be mindful that your bird needs to go from freezer to fridge to thaw days in advance. For every 4 pounds, plan for 1 day of thaw time – so for example, a 12-pound turkey needs to be in the fridge for 3 days before it’s ready to be cooked! As for frozen turkeys, be sure to use Butterball’s Turkey Calculator to figure out cook time.

Once cooked, your turkey needs to rest for at least a half-hour before being carved, but you can keep it warm by tenting under some foil. Believe it or not, your turkey will stay hot for up to an hour if you keep it tented, and even draped with a (clean!) towel to trap the heat. This will give you time to get all the other sides prepared before carving the turkey.

Tip 2: Follow Basic Roasting Rules!

There are a few simple rules to roasting your whole turkey that will ensure perfect results. First, the best temperature to roast your turkey is 325°F Again, Butterball’s Turkey Calculator can be used to confirm the ideal roasting time, but always remember that 325°F is your magic temperature. Secondly, find the right roasting pan! Your pan should be no higher than 2.5” high and your turkey should be sitting on a roasting rack to ensure constant air flow around the bird – T-fal’s Ultimate Non-stick Roaster with Rack is a great option! Lastly, always check the internal temperature of your turkey to confirm it’s cooked to perfection – 165°F in the breast, and 180°F degrees in the thigh and stuffing is what you’re looking for to ensure a juicy dinner. When you’re using a Butterball turkey, the only time you need to open the oven is about 30 mins before the turkey is supposed to be done. Start checking the temperature at this time to make sure it doesn’t over cook. If your turkey is stuffed, you can also shield the neck and exposed stuffing with foil to prevent overcooking.

Tip 3: Keep it Simple

Thanksgiving Dinner is not the time to experiment! As much as we want to impress our guests, this meal is all about comfort and tradition. You may have seen a cool technique, interesting flavour combination, or inventive menu item and be tempted to show-off, but resist the urge. Not only is a traditional meal of turkey, mash, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, exactly what people want – it’s also manageable for you. Save your creativity for a dinner party in November, and at Thanksgiving, stick with the classics to avoid any stress.

Tip 4: Throw on a Fun Playlist!

When it comes to prepping for the big meal, I love to use music to keep me motivated, calm and mostly having fun while I’m cooking. When my loved ones start arriving, I’m sure to have my tunes already on to set the mood and start the fun. I’ve actually put together my favourite hosting tunes on Spotify, which you can find here in case you want to borrow these for your own gathering.

Tip 5: Use the Whole Bird

Pound for pound, whole Butterball turkeys are an affordable way to feed a crowd. But even when I host a smaller gathering, I opt for the whole bird because I know there are so many things I can do with the leftovers. First, I make a soup stock with the bones and carcass – this makes for amazing soups, stews, and sauces, and also freezes perfectly, so I make sure to make a big batch. Next, I like to shred the leftover meat (dark meat is best for this) to make batches of ragu, pot pies, and even empanadas – again all things that you can make in a larger batch and freeze. Finally, I love using leftover white meat throughout the following days as a quick and easy way to build the best turkey sandwiches and salads. By the time you’re done, that turkey will yield so many different meals after your Thanksgiving feast!

Tip 6: For smaller gatherings, try Easy Fresh

If you’re a couple, a young family, or an empty nester, you can still enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal on a smaller scale. Try the bone-in cuts of Butterball Easy Fresh, which includes breast, thighs, and drums. You can pick your preferred cut, roast it simply with salt and pepper, and often times it’s cooked in under an hour. This way, a full turkey dinner for two can be made in little time at minimal expense. Easy Fresh also makes for a cozy, comfort food dinner any time!

Turkey Tales

A Butterball whole turkey is not just meant for holidays, and if you don’t believe us, just ask Don Butt – The star of this edition of Turkey Tales.

Don has cooked over 1000 Butterball turkeys in his lifetime! How has he cooked so many, you might ask? Don is a strong believer that a Butterball turkey is a great way to bring the family together to enjoy a meal, at any time of year. This family tradition keeps his freezer full of Butterball turkeys, and Don typically cooks one every few weeks.

And, unsurprisingly, Don never lets any part go to waste – His leftovers are used in his famous Butterball Turkey Soup recipe. When we asked Don his secret to perfecting the creation – He told us it was the quality of Butterball turkey the perfect flavour that he and his family have enjoyed for so many years.

Craving a steamy, hearty, homemade soup now? We sure are. Here’s Don’s famous Butterball Turkey Soup recipe!

Leftover Turkey Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups leftover Butterball Whole Turkey, (or cooked and), chopped
  • 3 – 4L turkey stock
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup turnip, chopped
  • 1 cup, rutabaga, chopped
  • 1 parsnip, chopped
  • ½ cup short grain rice
  • 2 cups diced, canned tomato
  • ¼ cup turkey stock, optional

Directions

  1. Fill large pot with turkey stock and place turkey carcass inside. Add enough water to cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
  3. Strain stockpot, removing turkey carcass aside to cool.
  4. Once turkey has cooled, remove all remaining turkey from the bones, chop, and set aside.
  5. Bring turkey stock back to a boil, then add vegetables and rice.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes or until the vegetables soften
  7. Add diced tomatoes and let sit for 20 minutes.
  8. Add soup stock, if necessary to taste

#Halloween? That’s Butterball Easy!

Looking for some scary good ways to celebrate Halloween in 2020? We dare you to read further…

Here are some fun and safe ways to get your family excited for October 31.

Put on a show
All dressed up and nowhere to go? Just because you’re not leaving your house to celebrate Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t strut around in a fun costume. Consider making your own costume using old clothing and supplies around your house. Plan a costume show, complete with a runway, chairs, music, flashing lights and a photographer (that’s you, mom).

Scary delicious snacks
Halloween is all about tricks and treats. With just a few simple ingredients and a pinch of creativity, your Halloween snacks can be transformed into a wicked work of art.

A twist on a favourite snack, Eve Mayrand’s Mini Mummy Pizzas are an easy, tasty appetizer that will get you right into the Halloween spirit. Plus, they’re made with Butterball’s Turkey Pepperoni, which has 50 per cent less fat than regular pepperoni. Click here for the recipe.

Need a witch-approved potion to wash things down? We recommend grape juice with candy worms or lemon-lime Kool Aid.

Plan a scavenger hunt
The best part about Halloween is the candy, always. Even if you or your kids aren’t headed out the door for some trick-or-treating this year, you can still go on a hunt for some tasty treats. Hide your favourite Halloween candies around the house and send your kids on a hunt. Whoever finds the most candy, wins! But we recommend dividing things up at the end to avoid any sad little ghosts.

Turn your home into a haunted house
Bring on the haunted house vibes! Decorate your house with some haunted Halloween decorations, put on some scary music (we’re fans of The Monster Mash) and turn out the lights. Assign each person in your household to a spooky role—a zombie, a clown, a mummy—and take turns scaring each other as you walk through the house.

Make things extra spooky by telling ghost stories in your haunted abode.

Haunted film festival
Want to keep things a little more low-key? Cozy up on the couch, put on your favourite Halloween movies and prepare for a scare. From Hotel Transylvania and Coraline, to The Conjuring and Insidious, there is a never-ending list of movies perfect for a Halloween viewing party.

Show us how you’re celebrating Halloween by posting your monstrous, bone-chilling and boo-tiful photos using the hashtag #ButterballEasy.

Back to School? Thankfully, there’s Butterball

By: Denise Wild

I hate to say it, but summer is winding down, and it’s time to get back into those school and work routines. I, personally, will be trying to squeeze every minute out of the remaining sunny summer days with my family, while also prepping for fall. And if you’re like me, the last thing you need during this busy time of year is to be spending hours in the kitchen preparing meals. That’s why I turn to my go-to healthy meal ingredient: Butterball Turkey. With Butterball, I know I am not only feeding my family something healthy, but I am making my life easier since there are so many effortless recipes that I can whip up for any meal of the day. Here are two of my favourite back-to-school recipes, perfect for a packed lunch or a meal at home when you’re learning online. 

Easy Pizza Bites 

A favourite around my house for lunch or dinner is pizza. I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? But as a mom, I’m always looking for the healthiest options of my daughter’s favorite foods. That’s why this simple, delicious pizza recipe includes Butterball Turkey Pepperoni. Since Butterball Turkey Pepperoni contains 50% less fat than regular pepperoni and is made of 100% turkey raised without antibiotics, I know my family is only eating the best. Here’s how to make it: 

Ingredients: 

  • Butterball Turkey Pepperoni 
  • Premade crescent roll dough 
  • Pizza or tomato sauce  
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • Basil leaves, chopped 

How-To: 

  1. Unroll the pre-made crescent roll dough. 
  2. Cover the dough in a thin layer of pizza sauce. 
  3. Lay Butterball Turkey Pepperoni across the dough. 
  4. Sprinkle the dough with a layer of cheese. 
  5. Top the dough with basil leaves. 
  6. Cut the dough into six even rectangles. 
  7. Roll each rectangle and place them vertically in a muffin tin. 
  8. Follow the instructions on the dough packaging for the proper oven temperature and cooking time. 
  9. Let the pizza bites cool for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy! 

Turkey Fruit Kebabs 

This time of year, I also love recipes that can be used for last-minute picnics, day trips, or school lunches. Turkey fruit kebabs are fun, nutritious, and easy to transport. Plus, they’re easy enough for kids to help assemble, so everyone can get involved in the kitchen. And guess what? They’re the perfect upgrade for leftovers! When you cook a Butterball Boneless White & Dark Turkey Roast for dinner, you may have some delicious leftovers for lunch the next day or quick weeknight dinners. So, this leftover alternative is a perfect, unexpected transformation! Butterball makes their roasts so easy to prepare, and they always come out juicy, tender, and delicious—it doesn’t get better than that in my books! Here’s how to make it: 

Ingredients: 

  • Butterball Boneless White & Dark Turkey, leftovers cooked and cubed 
  • Butterball Turkey Breast, rolled and sliced 
  • Green grapes 
  • Red grapes 
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, cubed 

How-To: 

  1. Slide each ingredient above onto barbeque skewers in a pattern that alternates colours and flavours. Enjoy!

Top Tips for Turkey Marinades this Summer

Whether you are backyard BBQing or elsewhere this summerthe secret weapon to leveling up your turkey game is with a delicious marinade. Not only does a good marinade bring moisture and juiciness, but can also intensify flavour. Intimidated by the marinadeChef Shahir Massoud has shared his best marinating tips to set you and your family up for a summer of savourTry them out for yourself with Chef Shahir’s “Double” Caesar Salad recipe featuring Butterball Easy Fresh Boneless Turkey Breast and this Spicy Caesar drink featuring Butterball Franks. 

Marinades are about Flavour   

Most people think that marinades are meant to tenderize (which they can to a small extent), but really, they’re about flavour! When it comes to keeping your turkey tender, it’s way more important to select a high-quality turkey like Butterball and manage your cook time and temperature. So, always have your thermometer ready!  

Make Extra 

If you’re going to the trouble of making a delicious marinade, make extra and set it aside, but be sure that the leftover marinade hasn’t touched any raw turkeyServe that extra batch as a dipping sauce or brush it on your meat at the end of the cooking process! 

Think Yogurt 

Most marinades have some form of acidity—lemon juice, vinegar, etc. So, yogurt is a great way to introduce tang and offers superior colour and char on the grill!   

Sugar, Sugar, Oh Honey Honey 

Some marinades call for brown sugar, orange juice, etc. But, be careful with these amounts, high sugar marinades can burn easily on the grill! Also, you can try honey as a healthier alternative, especially if you’re choosing a healthier protein like turkey. 

 Plan Ahead  

Marinating your turkey overnight is always best. But if you forget, try to get your turkey in your marinade at least a couple of hours before hitting the grill—the extra time makes a big difference in allowing the flavours to penetrate!  

 Inspired? Get started on your marinating journey by entering in our Instagram giveaway, and you could win the ultimate Butterball and Tabasco Prize Pack!  

Gourmet Burger Bar

Whether you’re a BBQ veteran or this your first time firing up the grill, a DIY burger bar is the perfect way to impress your family this summer. To help you get grilling, we teamed up with Chef Shahir Massoud to share his gourmet burger bar tips and recipes, using Butterball Turkey Burgers.

Start with the perfect patty – It all starts with the perfect patty. A lean source of protein, Butterball Turkey Burgers are the perfect canvas for your gourmet burger toppings. With less than half the fat of beef burgers, you’ll feel good knowing you made a healthy choice.

Serve a variety of tasty toppings – When it comes to the ultimate burger, balance is key. Serve a selection of toppings with different textures, flavours and colours. This will allow everyone to get creative with their flavour combinations. Here are some ingredient profiles and recipe ideas to keep in mind when shopping for your burger bar toppings:

    • Colourful toppings : roasted Roma tomatoes, avocado spread, grilled veggies
    • Crunchy toppings: pickled cucumbers, creamy coleslaw, crisp grilled kale
    • Sweet toppings: grilled chili lime pineapple
    • Savory toppings : a variety of cheeses
    • Spicy toppings: chipotle mayo

Don’t forget the buns – From bagels and bread to pretzel rolls and sesame seed buns, there are many bun options to choose from. Put together a bun basket with some lighter alternatives, such as thin pitas and lettuce wraps as well as some more indulgent options like ciabatta rolls and cheese buns. This will help take the customized burger experience to a whole other level. Check out these gourmet burger bar recipes for more inspiration.

Don’t forget to share your #ButterballEasy burger bar creations on Instagram and Facebook, tagging @Butterball_ca.

Gourmet Burger Bar Recipes

Roasted Roma Tomatoes

  • 8 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Set your oven to 275 degrees. Coat the sliced tomatoes in the olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Place on a parchment lined sheet tray and slowly roast for 2 1/2 – 3 hours.

Grilled Veggies

  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thick
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  •  Coat the veggies in the olive oil, then grill on medium high for 5-6 minutes, until softened. Remove and slice the mushrooms.
  • This simple grilling method can be used for any vegetables (red peppers, zucchini, etc.)

Grilled Chili Lime Pineapple

  • 1 pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 tsp chili flake
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lime zested
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • Coat pineapple slices in chili, olive oil, lime zest, and parsley. Grill on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway to caramelize.

Pickled Cucumbers with Cilantro 

  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Coat cucumber slices in the vinegar, sugar, and cilantro. Set aside and allow to quick pickle for an hour. Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Chipotle Mayo

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp adobo, from chipotle can
  • Pinch of salt
  • Combine mayo and adobo in a bowl, with a pinch of salt. If you like extra heat, take an actual chipotle pepper, finely chop it, and add it in as well.

Truffle Mayo

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. truffle paste or 1 tsp truffle oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Combine in a bowl and set aside. Keep in fridge for up to one week.

Simple Avocado Spread

  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Combine in a bowl, right before serving.

Creamy Slaw

  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly cracked
  • Toss well in a bowl to combine, set aside until ready to serve.

Grilled Kale 

  • 1 head of kale, stems removed
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Brush some olive oil on to the kale and place on the grill on high heat. Grill, turning when necessary, until the kale leaves are charred and crispy about 2 minutes. Set aside.

Cheeses

  • Gouda, cheddar, goat, feta, pecorino, and mozzarella.

 

Everything you need to know for BBQ Season

It’s summertime and the grilling easy! We’ve teamed up with Broil King to help bring you the ultimate BBQ experience this summer. From delicious recipes and fool-proof grilling tips to a sizzling summer giveaway, we’ve got everything you need to make the most of BBQ Season.

The Contest

Let’s start with the good stuff. We’re giving away $100 in Butterball gift certificates and a Regal Pellet 500 Smoker and Grill to one lucky Canadian. Click here to enter for your chance to win.

Fool-Proof Tips and Tricks

Grilling can be intimidating but we’ve got you covered. Follow these simple tips and tricks and you’ll be a grill master in no time.

  • Always use a meat thermometer to ensure your turkey is perfectly cooked and your guests are perfectly happy.
  • Oil up your grill to prevent turkey from sticking and make clean up easier.
  • Remember, season before sauce. Spices need heat to open and compliment the turkey while sauce needs to dry but not burn. Wait until the turkey is cooked before adding your sauce.
  • It’s not a race. The hotter the grill, the more likely you are to burn the exterior of the meat while leaving the inside uncooked. Start with the BBQ on high searing and then finish cooking the turkey on low. Alternately, you can use the indirect heat approach by keeping one side on high and the other side turned off, this way the BBQ will act as an oven.

Must-Try BBQ Recipes

Now that you’ve got the skills, you need the recipes. Here are some of our favourites.

BBQ Turkey Pizza                                  Turkey Tangdi Kabab                  Detroit-Style Turkey Coney Dog                    Peri-Peri Turkey Burger

       

 

BBQ Season? That’s #ButterballEasy

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Kid-Friendly Modern High Tea

What better way to celebrate mom, than by making her feel like royalty with a modern high tea? Not only is this a thoughtful gift she’ll love it can also be a fun and educational activity for the whole family.

Grab your apron, wash your hands and follow these simple steps and recipes to make this Mother’s Day the best one yet.

Involve kids in cooking

Cooking together can be an educational bonding activity for young children. From colours and counting to spelling and reading – the kitchen is a classroom in disguise. As a chef and father, Butterball spokesperson, Shahir Massoud, recommends the following tips for making the most out of cooking with kids:

  • Chop up ingredients in advance to keep things safe
  • Encourage kids to support with simple tasks like mixing, measuring and counting units of ingredients
  • Ask children what colour certain ingredients are or what letter they begin with to support their development at a young age

Decorate the table

High tea is all about great food, good company and a beautiful table setting. Short on décor? Don’t worry! Here are some fun DIY projects you can do with children to help decorate:

  • Ultra-easy placemats: Ask kids to make placemats using paper, crayons and other craft items you have around the house. To make this Mother’s Day extra special, have them draw pictures of their favourite family memories.
  • DIY flower garland: Ask kids to cut flower shapes out of construction paper. Punch holes in the tops of each flower and string them together using ribbon or twine.
  • A gift that rocks: Have your kids collect rocks from the backyard and paint them with fun designs and beautiful messages. Once dry, put a designed rock on each placemat as a little gift that will help bring back memories for years to come.
  • Deserts as décor: Every high tea party needs some sweets. Have kids decorate cupcakes or sugar cookies to add some colour to your spread.
  • Stick out centrepiece: Send your kids on a scavenger hunt for loose sticks or small branches. Paint each branch the colour of your choice. Once dry, place the colourful branches in a vase for a fun and fresh centrepiece.

Modernize traditional sandwich recipes

As the quintessential food for high tea parties, finger sandwiches are a must-have! Spice up your favourite sandwich recipes with a modern twist by adding new seasonings, like tarragon and sea salt, and healthy proteins like Butterball Applewood Smoked Turkey Bacon. By incorporating contemporary ingredients, you’ll transform your high tea to a modern experience and expand your children’s pallets.

Check out these easy recipes for some inspiration!

Tarragon Egg Salad Sandwiches

  • 6 eggs, boiled and peeled
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 bunch tarragon, finely diced
  • 1/2 bunch chives, finely sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely sliced
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices bread, crust cut off
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, grilled

 

  • Mix all ingredients, then spread onto crustless bread slices. Top with grilled turkey bacon, then another slice of bread. Cut into small triangles or squares and serve. 

Slow Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella

  • 10 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup mozzarella, sliced
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, grilled
  • 4 slices bread, crust removed

 

  • Preheat oven to 250 °F. Place tomatoes on a parchment-lined tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt. Place in oven for 2 – 2 1/2 hours until dehydrated and flavours are intensified. Allow to cool completely.  
  • Build sandwiches by placing some tomatoes on the bread, then topping with thin mozzarella slices. Finish with bacon and another piece of bread. Cut into triangles and serve.

Cucumber, Cream Cheese, and Sea Salt 

  • 1 cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1 ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, grilled
  • 4 slices bread, crust removed

 

  •  Spread some cream cheese onto the bread. Top with cucumber slices and sea salt to taste. Add turkey bacon, then another piece of bread and cut into quarters.

There you have it, the ultimate modern high tea to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Enjoy!

 

Canada’s Food and Nutrition Expert shares 5 reasons to reach for turkey

by Abby Langer

It’s Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate than talking turkeyTurkey is a great source of lean protein, which is fundamental for a healthy diet. Not only does protein help build and maintain muscle mass, but it also plays a big role in developing antibodies to fight viruses and bacteriaAs an added bonus, when we eat protein, our bodies release hormones that make us feel full for longer. 

As a Registered Dietician, I always recommend around 2025 grams of protein with each meal and, of course, turkey is one of my favourites. Here are five reasons why:  

 It’s a high-quality, lean protein. 

 Turkey breast is a high-quality protein, meaning that it can easily satisfy my 2025 grams recommendation in a reasonable portion size.  

 A 4oz serving of turkey has 32 grams protein and is low in saturated fat. A lot of people choose turkey breast because it has less fat and fewer calories. But, when you look at the numbers closely, there is little differenceFor every ounce, there’s just 1 more gram of fat and approximately 4 more calories in dark meat, compared to white. Dark meat also contains a higher concentration of nutrients, so if you prefer dark meat but have been avoiding it because you think it’s less healthy, you don’t have to do that anymore. Enjoy! 

It’s versatile. 

 I use turkey for any poultry recipe. Last Thanksgiving, I spatchcocked a whole Butterball turkey but I’ve also done turkey lettuce wraps, turkey burgersturkey apricot salad sandwiches, Mediterranean turkey breastturkey tacos and turkey BLT salad Sometimes, I just roast a Butterball Easy Fresh turkey breast for sandwich meat instead of buying meat at the deli—that way, I can control what goes in and on the meat.  

I use a variety of flavours to season turkey breast before cooking it, such as smoky mesquite BBQ sauce or grainy honey mustard. Both are delicious! 

You get a lot of bang for your buck. 

Roasting a whole turkey is easy (I promise!) and it’s a cost-effective way to feed your family.   

Once you roast the entire turkey, use the breast for sandwich meat, the dark meat for casseroles, and the carcass for soup. You can get a lot of meals out of one turkey, and many of them can be frozen for later use.  

 One of my favorite casseroles to make with turkey is turkey pot pie, which my kids adore!  

 It’s rich in nutrients. 

 Turkey is packed with zinc, selenium, B6, B12, niacin (B3) and iron, which are important for many body processesLet’s take a closer look at what these nutrients actually do 

 Zinc helps your immune system and metabolism function. It also helps with healing wounds and may improve your sense of taste and smell.  

 Selenium is a powerful mineral that plays a critical role in metabolism and thyroid functionAs a bonus, it helps protect your body from damage caused by oxidative stress.  

 B vitamins are the building blocks of a healthy body. They have a direct impact on your energy levels, brain function and cell metabolism.  

 Iron is essential for the health and development of red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. Iron also helps the body develop some important hormones.  

 It contains tryptophan, which is the precursor to serotonin and melatonin.  

 Before we get ahead of ourselves, no, turkey dinner will not make you sleepy. But turkey does contain tryptophan—an essential amino acid that our bodies must get from food. Tryptophan from our diet is used to make serotonin and melatonin, which help stabilize mood and contribute to a good night’s sleep. In other words, turkey brings on the good vibes!  

 Next time you make a poultry recipe, reach for turkey! 

 Thankfully, there’s Butterball.

 

 

 

10 Questions with Chef Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin

The Canadian chef and inn proprietor on his go-to kitchen tool, most memorable meal, favourite hobbies and more.

Owner and chef of a multi-award-winning inn, Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin’s roots run deep in the hospitality world. His journey began more than 15-years ago when he took a job working at the front desk of a hotel. It was there that he fell in love with hospitality and cuisine, inspiring him to attend culinary school.

Trained in classic French cuisine, Benjamin has worked at Michelin star restaurants in Paris and Switzerland as well as famed restaurants in Ottawa and Toronto. He has taken his learnings from each of these restaurants to establish his successful inn, the Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast, in Comber, Ontario.

We chatted with Benjamin to learn all about life as a chef and officially introduce him as a Butterball spokesperson.

When did you first discover your love for cooking?

I discovered my love of cooking when I moved out of my parent’s home to go to school. Having grown up in a very healthy-eating household, I was eager to eat as much junk food as possible. After 3 weeks of it, I gave up and started cooking for myself. Years later I realized that my parents had it right all along.

What is the first dish you learned to master?  

The first dish I ever learned to master was Rice Pilaf. Long grain rice, vegetables, water and butter. I loved the smell of the onions cooking in butter and have been making it ever since.

What is your favourite ingredient to cook with (other than turkey) and why?

My favourite ingredient to cook with (other than turkey) is butter. There is no substitute for it. Butter adds flavour, texture, and creaminess to every dish. Cooking without butter for me is like cooking without passion.

What is one kitchen tool you can’t live without?

There are so many kitchen tools available and new ones keep being invented. The one kitchen tool I can’t live without is a wooden spoon. You can buy the most expensive one or the cheapest one, it always serves its purpose.

What is one of the most memorable meals you’ve ever had?

Food memories are huge for me. One of the most memorable meals I’ve had was flash-fried seafood, caught off the coast in Cinque Terre, Italy. There is no substitute for this freshness – I would go back to that same town just to eat this very thing.

What’s your favourite part of being an inn proprietor?

My favourite part of being an inn proprietor is the guest interactions I get to have daily. There are people from all over the world that stay with us. People always leave with a smile and that is an amazing feeling.

Sweet or savoury?

If the question is sweet or savoury, my answer is always savoury – 10 times out of 10.

What is your favourite meal to cook at home?

At home, I love cooking simple foods that nourish and can last more than one meal. My pet peeve is preparing a meal for 4 hours, just to eat it in 15 minutes. Simple is best. For that reason, I love making pizza and to use up leftovers to clean out the fridge on it.

If you didn’t become a chef, which profession would you have chosen?

If I didn’t become a chef, I would still be working in the travel and tourism industry. I loved my first front desk job and I would still do it today. As a matter of fact, I actually do (to a certain degree at the B&B).

What is your favourite thing to do outside of the kitchen?

My favourite thing to do outside of the kitchen is travel with my family. Whether it’s a day trip or an actual vacation, I love travelling and exploring. My travels always revolve around food, markets and new experiences to stay inspired. Food is my life and my passion.

5 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Easter Dinner

Easter might be a little different this year, but it doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate (virtually) with family and friends! We’re serving up 5 tips and tricks to help you host the ultimate ‘virtual’ Easter dinner.

1) Send virtual invitations – Decide on a date and time for your celebration and send a virtual invitation. There are a lot of great websites with easy-to-use invitation templates that still look great – your friends and family will think you had them professionally designed!

Don’t forget to include the details for your video chat. Whether you’re using an online application or simply video chatting on your phone, it is important to make sure your friends and family can easily join the celebration.

2) Plan the menu – Since you’ll be cooking for a smaller group, it’s a good idea to cook items that make for easy leftovers. Potatoes, carrots, and stuffing are all sides that heat up well in the microwave.

When it comes to the main event, why not opt for a turkey roast? They go directly from the freezer to the oven, to the table – no thawing required. Now that’s easy!

3) Don’t forget to decorate – Now’s the time to set the table with linens, glassware, napkins and any festive décor you may have. Take a look around your house for leftover Easter decorations from a previous year or artificial flowers that would be perfect for this occasion. Adding these small details will make your celebration feel special.

4) Create a playlist – We all know the difference music can make at a party, even a virtual one! Add ambience to your Easter dinner with a curated playlist of your choice. Light and upbeat background music is a great way to set the mood and keep the party going while everyone is eating. Just be sure to keep an ear out on the volume throughout the celebration and adjust if it is impacting the quality of your call!

5) Take advantage of leftovers – One of the best parts about turkey is the leftovers! Use your leftover turkey to prepare quick, delicious and nutritious meals for the week ahead. From breakfast and protein-packed snacks to quick and easy lunch and dinners – there are hundreds of versatile ways to create meals for any occasion using those turkey leftovers. Check out our library of recipes to get inspired!

Happy virtual Easter!
-Butterball

5 Tips for Cooking with Kids

Cooking together can be both fun and educational for young children. Not only does it encourage family bonding, but it can also help with the development of math and reading skills. As a chef and father, Butterball spokesperson, Shahir Massoud, recommends the following tips for making the most out of cooking with kids:

  1. Make it educational – From colours and counting to spelling and reading, the kitchen is a classroom in disguise. Get kids to help with simple tasks like mixing, measuring and counting units of ingredients. This is a fun and educational way to involve them and helps develop an increased sense of ownership.
  2. Get creative with serving – Show kids that food prep can be fun! Bring out their inner artist and allow them to create fun shapes, patterns or colour groups with their food.
  3. Put a healthy twist on kid-approved recipes – Whether it’s cheesy pizza or loaded hot dogs, most kids have a list of approved recipes. Try swapping out some of the proteins in these recipes with a healthier option, like Butterball turkey. From turkey pepperoni and franks to Easy Fresh cuts and roasts, Butterball has a product suitable for almost every meal.
  4. Allow personalized eating – Show kids that eating can be customizable and allow them to build their own plate. Things like burgers, hotdogs, pizza and tacos are all meals that can be personalized. Who knows, they may even get adventurous enough to try new combinations!
  5. Start a garden – Gardening is a great way to encourage healthy eating, get outside and teach important skills like responsibility and patience. Start with an easy and reliable crop, such as peas, and grow your garden from there.

Looking for some cooking inspiration? Be sure to check out our recipe page HERE for hundreds of delicious recipe ideas.

3 Unique Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in 2020

Thanksgiving, like many things, will look a little different in 2020. While you may not be squeezing nieces and nephews around your dining room table, there’s still fun (and turkey) to be had.
Now’s the perfect time to create new traditions and make memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t know where to start? Check out these unique ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in 2020.

Get outside
Embrace all the great outdoors has to offer this Thanksgiving and dine al fresco. Make sure to plan for the cooler weather and keep your food warm. When your turkey comes out the oven, cover it with tinfoil and towels while you make your sides. This will help your turkey stay warm and allow the juices to redistribute. It’s a win-win! You could also cook your turkey the day before and make a delicious turkey soup to help you keep cozy outdoors!
Want to keep the whole deal outside? Try this BBQ Spatchcock Turkey recipe.

Have a virtual cook-along

One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is quality time spent preparing food with loved ones. While you may not be able to do this in person, you can still do it virtually! Organize a virtual Thanksgiving cook-along with your friends and family. Have everyone share their favourite recipe and pick-up their ingredients ahead of time. Then sit back and virtually catch-up with your friends and family while your turkey cooks!
Don’t forget that the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is just a phone call away if you have any turkey-related questions.

Prepare and deliver food ahead of time
Show your friends and family a little Thanksgiving love with a surprise food delivery. While you may not be able to celebrate together, you can still show you’re thankful for loved ones by dropping off food they can enjoy on Thanksgiving. Butterball Chef, Shahir Massoud, recommends delivering dishes that taste better the longer they rest, such as a harvest kale salad with shredded turkey. Soup, pasta, turkey casseroles and Shepard’s pie are all also delicious leftover turkey dishes to deliver.
Check out the Butterball Turkey Calculator to determine what size of turkey you need to feed all of your delivery recipients.
For more tips, tricks and recipe ideas, take a look around Butterball.ca.