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

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.

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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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.

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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Turkey frank bar

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!

6 Ways to Stick to your Holiday Hosting Budget

You’re in charge of hosting this year’s holiday dinner. You want things to be perfect so you’re stocking up on everything you think you need for the perfect evening.

Before you know it, you’re spending more money than you wanted and you don’t have half the items you need yet. We’ve all been there.

Luckily the best parties don’t have to be the most expensive. Here’s how you can successfully host a holiday bash on a budget.

  1. Make a game plan. Create lists of everything you need – food (don’t forget your Butterball turkey), drinks and decorating extras. This will keep you organized and on track when making purchases. Resist the urge to add in items that aren’t on your list while shopping. Need a little help creating your list? Start here, then add and subtract to make it your own. (read more)
  2. Why not DIY? When it comes to decorating your place for the holidays, there are many things you can make yourself. Getting a little crafty can save you a lot of money in the long run. This is far more fun than buying everything pre-made, too. Head to Pinterest for tons of inspiring DIY ideas.
  3. Potluck it up. Many hands make light work. The same can be applied to hosting. If your guests offer to bring something, take them up on it. If you plan on asking them to contribute, give them ideas to help them out. This can include bread, wine, or extra appetizers – every little bit helps your budget!
  4. Go for something borrowed. Avoid buying something when someone can loan it to you. Need a kids’ table? It’s very likely a guest will have a spare card table they can bring along. The same goes for extra chairs.
  5. It’s all about the atmosphere. Elegance doesn’t need to be expensive. Candles are one great and cost-effective way to amp up the ambiance for your dinner. Streaming a playlist is another must for the evening.
  6. Waste not, want not. Turn your turkey leftovers into delicious post-holiday dinners. (read more)

Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank. Thankfully, there’s Butterball.

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

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips and Tricks

To ensure your Thanksgiving is a success, we have some handy turkey tips and tricks for you.

Elevate your dishes:

  • Brush your turkey with oil – Butterball turkeys are already brined, so you’re halfway there. To prevent your turkey from drying out, just brush the skin with some oil.
  • Add vegetables to your stuffing – take your stuffing up a notch by adding various root vegetables. Not only will it add a variety of colour and flavour, but it will be enhanced with good nutritious ingredients too.
  • Keep your pan drippings – This is the good stuff! Use your pan drippings as gravy and your guests will thank you for it. Click here for our secret to a delicious pan dripping gravy.

Make sure you are equipped with the appropriate tools and your preparation will be so much easier. Here’s some helpful tips:

  • Roasting Pan – For convenience, many people use a large foil roasting pan for cooking a turkey, but they’re not always sturdy enough to hold your big bird. We suggest investing in a roasting pan. It’s easy to lift the pan from the oven and it won’t spill its contents. You can also use it year after year.
  • Carving Knife – Make sure you have a carving knife that is sharp enough to cut through the bird without excessive effort and without shredding it. Clean slices are what you and your guests are after. An electric knife is a great option too.
  • Meat Thermometer – This nifty device takes the guesswork out of cooking turkey and helps to ensure that it’s completely cooked.
  • Turkey Lifter – This is item will help you lift your turkey from the roasting pan to your serving dish, without any hiccups!

Whatever you prepare, we’re sure it will be enjoyed by all.

How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey

When thawed properly, a frozen turkey is just as juicy, tender and delicious as one that is fresh. We’ve put together a guide to help you perfectly thaw your turkey.

How to thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator
Thawing your turkey in the fridge is not the fastest method but it is the safest as it keeps the meat cold throughout the entire process.

All you need to do is:

  • Place the frozen turkey in its wrapper on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator
  • Thaw for 1 day per every 4 pounds

This method should be planned well in advance to ensure you’ve given the turkey enough time to thaw.

How to thaw a frozen turkey in cold water
If you don’t have the time to thaw your turkey in the fridge, this is one of the fastest ways.

All you need to do is:

  • Place the frozen turkey in its unopened wrapper, breast down, in a sink filled with cold tap water
  • Change the water every 30 minutes to keep the surface of the turkey cold
  • It should take about 30 minutes per 1 pound to thaw

No thawing is necessary with these items.
If you prefer not to thaw a frozen turkey, then here are some perfect options for you:

  • Butterball Fresh Whole Turkey
  • Butterball Cook from Frozen Turkey (Stuffed or not Stuffed)

Do you have turkey questions? Check out our FAQ page for more helpful tips!

Turkey Cooking Times

Both experienced and new cooks alike worry about how long to cook their turkey. The Butterball brand has been around since 1954, so when turkey cooking advice is needed just ask our experts. You can check our website, call, email or even text during the holiday period. We will help you prepare the perfect turkey dinner.

Turkey cooking times will vary with size or if you are roasting a frozen turkey so the best and safest way to be sure your turkey is done is to check with a meat thermometer. The temperature must be 180˚F/82˚C in the thigh and minimum 165˚F/74˚C deep in the center of the stuffing.

Refer to the turkey cooking chart on the package or online. Half an hour before you expect your turkey to be done check temperatures with your thermometer. Keep in mind that it can take longer for a turkey to cook than the time listed on a chart.

Oven Temperature: Roasting charts are created using perfectly calibrated ovens. If your oven is a few degrees cooler than the recommended 325˚F/165˚C your turkey will take longer to cook. An inexpensive oven thermometer will let you know to set the dial a few degrees warmer.

Oven Opening: Anxious cooks who open the oven every 15 minutes to check the turkey allow heat to escape and as a result their turkey can take up to an hour longer to cook.

Foil or Shiny Pan: Your turkey can take longer to cook when you use a foil or shiny roasting pan that does not conduct heat.

After removing your perfectly-cooked Butterball turkey from the oven let it rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. Juices will redistribute throughout the meat and your turkey will be moist and flavourful.

Relax and enjoy time with your friends and family. Don’t stress over the turkey. Let your kitchen buddy, the meat thermometer, let you know when your turkey is cooked and ready to serve.

How to Cook a Turkey

When it comes to preparing a perfect turkey there are many different ideas and preferences; we’re here to share our easy prep recommendations for a turkey that’s perfect every time.

Step One: Thawing Your Turkey

Thawing can happen a couple of ways; for instance, you can place your unopened turkey, breast down, in a sink full of cold water and change the water every half hour. This method requires more attention, but significantly cuts down the thawing time (30 minutes per pound).

When thawing in the fridge, leave your frozen turkey in its’ original plastic wrapper and place it on a tray. Allow one day of thawing for every four pounds (454 g) of turkey. The catchword here… patience.

Step Two: Preparing Your Turkey

Before preparing your turkey pre-heat the oven to 325°F (160°C).

Prepping the turkey seems to be the most complex step for first-timers, but it’s quite easy. After removing the packaging, simply remove the neck from the body cavity and the giblets from the neck cavity. Untuck the legs, drain any juices and pat dry with paper towels. The turkey is now ready for the roasting pan.

Choose a roasting pan with shallow sides (max 3 inches) and place a rack in the bottom. If you don’t have a rack, improvise with rolls of foil or raw carrots. It’s important to get the turkey up off the bottom of the pan to allow proper air flow for cooking. Place the turkey, breast facing up, on the rack.

Now that the turkey is in the pan you can add your favourite seasonings or check out our recipes for some Butterball suggestions. However, when you cook a Butterball turkey, all you really have to do is brush it with vegetable oil (canola is our choice) to prevent the skin from drying and achieve a perfect golden brown appearance.

If you choose to stuff, add the stuffing now, just before the turkey goes in the oven. Once your turkey is prepared and stuffed, re-tuck the legs and prep is complete. Do not cover or add water to the pan.

Step Three: Roasting your Turkey

Place your Butterball turkey on the middle rack of your preheated oven (325°F/160°C). About half an hour before you expect the turkey to be cooked you should check temperatures. The turkey is done when the thigh temperature reaches a minimum 180°F (82°C) and the center of the stuffing reaches a minimum 165°F (74°C). Note: If your turkey is becoming too brown while roasting, loosely tent with foil until it reaches the proper temperatures.

After removing your cooked turkey from the oven, loosely tent with foil and let it sit for at least 20 minutes so the juices can re-distribute before carving.

Cooking a turkey should not be intimidating. Just follow these three easy steps for a tender, juicy, perfect Butterball turkey.

Alexa, Ask Butterball How to Cook a Turkey

Iconic brand introduces voice assistance to help cooks “Host Like a Boss”  

Toronto, ON (November 1, 2018) – From questions about what to do
when your son tries stuffing a turkey with Lego, to inquiries about the
jacuzzi-defrosting technique, Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line experts have heard
it all. Now, the experts are empowering cooks with more turkey resources than ever. With people increasingly
turning to their smart speakers for guidance, it’s the perfect time to integrate
Butterball’s expertise into their new hands-free, in-kitchen helper: Amazon Alexa.

For more than 65 years, Butterball has empowered cooks to shake off the stress of holiday meal prep and host like a boss. The Turkey Talk-Line has already evolved to offer support through text, email, live chat, and this year, the Turkey Talk-Line is extending its presence to the voice space with the help of Amazon Alexa.

Through the new Butterball skill for Amazon Alexa – now available on Alexa-enabled devices – a simple voice command (“Alexa, ask Butterball…”) allows cooks to hear trusted Turkey Talk-Line experts share answers to frequently asked questions and provide turkey preparation advice. Users can also watch how-to videos on compatible devices like Echo Show, Echo Spot and Amazon Fire TV Cube. To use the Butterball skill for the first time, Alexa users can say “enable Butterball skill” to their Alexa-enabled device or enable directly by visiting the Alexa Skills Store through the Alexa app or Amazon.com.

“The Turkey Talk-Line is focused on one-on-one help for cooking turkey – whether it’s a first-time cook or a 20-year veteran,” said Nicole Johnson, Co-Director of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. “Nothing will ever replace a phone call with an expert; but our goal is to reach cooks where it’s convenient for them and give them the confidence to ‘Host Like a Boss’ through as many means as possible.”

Teaming up with Alexa enables the Turkey Talk-Line to deliver expert advice via the voice service, Alexa. To learn more about the skill and the ways the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is supporting cooks everywhere, visit Butterball.ca or Butterball’s social channels, like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“The new Butterball skill for Alexa lets customers tap into years of expert cooking advice on how to prepare a turkey – even when their hands are full in the kitchen,” said Rob Pulciani, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We’re excited that Alexa can help make the holidays a little easier for our customers.”

Expert Advice Anytime, Anywhere: Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts are available Nov. 1
through Dec. 24. With decades of helping home cooks under their belts,
Butterball’s experts are a holiday staple and a source of vital turkey knowledge.
With Butterball experts taking care of the turkey questions, hosts can spend
more time putting their own stamp on the day and truly “Host Like a Boss.” You
can reach the Turkey Talk-Line via:

  • NEW! Butterball Skill for Amazon Alexa: Starting Nov. 1, users can enable the Butterball Skill for Amazon Alexa. Once enabled, just ask the Butterball skill for Alexa your cooking questions and hear trusted Talk-Line experts share answers. Users can even watch how-to videos on compatible Alexa-enabled devices (Echo Show, Echo Spot and Amazon Fire TV).
  • Text (844-877-3456): With nearly one in three first-time cooks saying they’d text the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for cooking help, it only makes sense that, for the third year in a row, the Turkey Talk-Line offer text support.
  • 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372): Turkey Talk-Line experts will be available this season starting Nov.1 through Dec. 24, 2018, to answer questions and assist all holiday cooks.
  • How-To Videos: Need a visual guide? Check out our fun and helpful instructional videos at Butterball.ca.

About the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line

One of the first national, toll-free consumer help lines, the Turkey Talk-Line has
helped almost 50 million consumers since its first season in November 1981.
Each November and December, professionally trained turkey experts assist more
than 4 million cooks through the Turkey Talk-Line, Butterball.com, Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, live chat and emails in the United States and Canada. With
more than 50 staff members, the Turkey Talk-Line has the resources to answer
questions from both English- or Spanish-speaking callers and respond to
questions via email.

For more information contact Elizabeth.Krock@ZenoGroup.com.

The Amazing, Incomparable Turkey Lifter

The trickiest moment at many Thanksgivings is a seemingly simple one: lifting your turkey from its roasting pan to the serving tray.

A simple turkey lifter, made from a few lengths of kitchen twine can take that weight off your shoulders. And remember, no matter

how amazing and incomparable the turkey lifter is, always be cautious when you handle hot food.

What do I need?

  • One piece of kitchen twine 70 inches long

How do I make it?

  1. Tie the two ends of the twine together in a simple square knot, forming a circle. Pull on the twine to be sure the knot is tight.
  2. Tie a knot in the middle of the circle, creating a figure 8.
  3. Lay the turkey lifter in your roasting pan, on top of the rack on which you’ll cook your turkey.
  4. Once the turkey is done, lift it out of the tray by looping each circle around each end of the turkey and raising it onto the serving tray.

See How To Make a Turkey Lifter on our Butterball Canada YouTube channel.

Become a Holiday Hosting Pro this Season

“Never let ’em see you sweat. Guests feel guilty if they think you’ve worked too hard to make dinner for them—which of course you have!” – Ina Garten

Entertaining is hard work. Luckily, with some planning and a little festive magic you can be a whiz at holiday hosting.

  • Signature drinks make everything special. Serve a special cocktail to really impress your guests. Options include mulled wine, spiked eggnog or your own punch concoction.
  • Plan ahead. Don’t leave everything until your guests arrive. Figure out all the important details in advance, like how long you’ll need to thaw and cook your turkey. Or skip the thawing altogether with a cook from frozen whole turkey. Once you’ve got your holiday meal hero prepped and ready to go, everything else will fall into place. You can also prepare a lot of side dishes and desserts a day or two ahead. Consider washing your veggies and peeling your potatoes and carrots before the big day arrives (just remember to store them in water overnight). For more on planning ahead, check this out.
  • Set your table the day before. Tackle this task early to make it an enjoyable activity rather than a stressful necessity. Give yourself plenty of time to clean and iron your festive linens and find the perfect napkins. Everyone will be impressed by the thought you put into setting your table.
  • Create a playlist. Music will make everyone feel at ease. Stream holiday classics all night to charm even your most grinch-like guests.
  • Stock up on games. Before you host for the holidays, make sure you have a good selection of games. This is a great way for everyone to bond after dinner, and ensures the evening stays lively from start to finish.
  • Send a gift home. Give your guests something to remember the night by. This could be homemade baking, a festive candle, or an inexpensive ornament.
  • Make no apologies. As the great Julia Child once said, “no matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.” Once you’ve put in all that hard work try to relax and enjoy yourself. That way you can focus on your guests and spending time with them. That’s really what matters most.

Thankfully, you’ve got this. Thankfully, there’s Butterball.

4 Leftover Turkey Recipe Ideas You’ll Love

Turkey is a delicious and healthy protein for any meal. People take great care and put a lot of time and effort into how they prepare the whole turkey. But, what comes after dinner is over?

Butterball offers a number of turkey recipes that use leftovers to help you and your family get the most out of that delicious turkey dinner.

Turkey Soup

Ever considered turkey soup? This is a great way to put those turkey leftovers to good use. Our turkey soup recipe will give you a zesty taste experience that will have your family coming back for more.

Get the recipe here: https://www.butterball.ca/recipes/turkey-salsa-soup.

Casseroles

Casseroles are always a quick and excellent way to use leftover turkey. Tip: throw leftover sides in your casserole for even more flavour.

Get the recipe here: https://www.butterball.ca/recipes/turkey-tetrazzini

Hearty Recipes

If you’re looking for filling dish that uses leftover turkey, a potpie will do the trick. Crispy crust, delicious turkey… now we’re getting hungry!

Get the recipe here: https://www.butterball.ca/recipes/hearty-turkey-pie

Sandwiches

If all else fails, why not go with a more traditional method and put together sandwiches with your leftover turkey? Add a little Dijon mustard or cranberry sauce for something extra!

#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.

My Absolute Favourite Holiday Leftover Recipes

By Chef Shahir Massoud

The holidays are here, and no matter how you celebrate, you’ll likely have turkey on the table. This year, I’ll be enjoying a delicious dinner with my wife Mila and our three-year-old son, Kairo. Given it’s just the three of us, I expect we’ll have some leftovers, but I’m not complaining.

Leftovers are one of my favourite parts of a holiday meal (besides the turkey… and the company). From Turkey Ramen to Potato and Stuffing Gnocchi, you can take leftovers from boring to brilliant with just a touch of creativity.

Check out my absolute favourite holiday leftover recipes below (and my secret to the ultimate broth) or browse Butterball.ca for some more inspiration.

The Best Turkey Broth
Turkey broth is a triple threat—it tastes amazing, it’s good for you and it’s relatively easy to make. All you need are the leftover turkey bones from your holiday dinner, some vegetable oil, a couple of spices and some fresh vegetables.

Are you here for the secret? Roast your bones first, then deglaze the pan. This will help make your broth even more flavourful!

Ingredients
Bones from 1 turkey, chopped into smaller pieces
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
4 bay leaves
5 cloves garlic
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch rosemary

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat turkey bones in oil, then roast for 4560 minutes. Deglaze roasting pan with some water, then transfer to a stockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 24 hours. Allow to cool completely, strain, then store in air-tight containers for up to 5 days or freeze for up to a month.
  • For added flavour, consider swapping out the water in this recipe for store-bought broth.

Turkey Ramen Soup (serves 6)
While regular turkey noodle soup is timeless, and delicious, I’m all about taking things up a notch. This Turkey Ramen recipe is the perfect dish to cozy up with on cold winter nights. The best part? It tastes amazing and it’s super easy to make.

Ingredients
2 L turkey stock
6 eggs, soft boiled for 7 minutes
2 bunches green onions, finely sliced
2 cups leftover turkey, shredded
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. chili oil (optional)
300 g fresh noodles
4 nori sheets

Instructions

  • Cooking: Boil your noodles, then rinse under cold water. Set aside. Add your eggs to boiling water for 7 minutes, then remove, shock in cold water and peel.
  • Assembly: Ladle hot stock into each bowl, then add the cooked noodles. Add some shredded turkey, top with sliced green onion and the egg that has been halved. Drizzle in sesame and chili oil, then garnish with a piece of nori.

Potato and Stuffing Gnocchi (serves 46)
We always have a lot of leftover stuffing in our house. It’s delicious on its own, but we’re trying to encourage our son to try different things. This recipe is great for involving kids in the kitchen, showing them how to get creative and for expanding their palates.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup stuffing
1 egg
1 3/4 cup flour

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients in a bowl and knead for 23 minutes, until combined. Rest for 30 minutes.
  • Cut off a piece of the dough and roll into a long, snake shape, about 1 inch thick. Cut off even-sized pieces to create your gnocchi. Place on a flour-dusted sheet tray and continue until all the gnocchi have been shaped.
  • Cook in salted boiling water until the gnocchi rises to the top. Take the cooked gnocchi out with a strainer, then add to a pan with butter. Transfer to a serving platter and top with grated parmesan cheese.

Cranberry Mostarda
Cranberry sauce is a must for any holiday dinner, big or small! I don’t know about you, but we rarely use the whole can and sometimes struggle to find ways to repurpose the leftover sauce. Problem solved – the perfect combination of sweet and savoury, this jammy Cranberry Mostarda can be enjoyed on just about anything.

Ingredients
2 cups cranberry sauce
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook slowly for 2025 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  • Serve on your favourite cheese, charcuterie, eggs or even leftover turkey sandwiches.

There you have it—some seriously delicious ways to use up those holiday leftovers. Who knows, you might like these recipes so much you’ll cook another turkey next week!

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.

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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.