Celebrate the unity of flavours this Thanksgiving with Butterball

We want to welcome you to Butterball’s Internationally-Inspired Thanksgiving hub, where traditions and flavours from around the world come together to create unforgettable holiday moments. Explore a variety of resources, from hosting tips and tricks to mouthwatering recipes and more. We want you to join us in celebrating togetherness this Thanksgiving season. 

Roasted whole turkey decorated with lemon placed on a white tray.

New to hosting Thanksgiving and eager to gobble up some tips? Dive into our blog for easy and useful advice on blending traditions and flavours this holiday season!

Whole turkey decorated with fruits.

Feast your eyes on this easy and epic guide to plan your Thanksgiving dinner! Filled with delicious tips and tricks to have your hosting game at a 10/10.

A table set with a black and white checkered tablecloth, creating a classic and elegant ambiance.

Are you a first-time turkey cook? Be the belle of the (Butter)ball this Thanksgiving with these turkey cooking tips and tricks!

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Don’t wing the most important part of Thanksgiving! Leave it to Butterball’s experts to answer any and all questions on your holiday turkey this year.

A person checking the temperature of a whole turkey

You’ve got stuffin’ to lose by checking out all of Butterball’s quick and easy how-to videos packed with everything from how to thaw to carve your turkey!

Christmas whole turkey rubbed with spice with lemon and cherries.

Thaw’t you knew how to do turkey math on thaw or cook time, but having some trouble? Sit back, relax and let the Turkey Calculator do the work! Check out the perfect formula for your Thanksgiving feast today.

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Experience a delightful fusion of flavours this Thanksgiving with our Indian Turkey Roast, marinated and seasoned with aromatic Indian spices for a unique twist to your Thanksgiving feast.

A middle eastern spiced whole turkey placed in the middle of the table with bread, rice and spices on the side.

Elevate your Thanksgiving with a Middle Eastern Spiced Turkey, artfully infused with spices and herbs and bound to transport you and your guests on a tender and juicy turkey adventure.

Whole turkey cooked in a turkey 65 masala with added oil tempering garnished with lemon.

Spice up your Thanksgiving celebration with our Butterball Turkey 65, a fiery twist on tradition, featuring tender turkey coated in a zesty blend of flavourful spices! Perfect for a bold and unforgettable feast.

Mary Tang

You butter believe this delicious recipe will add an exciting twist to your Thanksgiving table! Succulently seasoned with traditional Chinese spices, this dish will be sure to spice up your Thanksgiving traditions.

Cooked turkey with herbs and vegetables on a dining table.

Elevate your Thanksgiving with a brew-tiful twist! Infused with rich flavours and aromatic spices, this delicious turkey feast will have your guests doing a cheers just for you!

Coriander & Orange-Glazed turkey roast.

Looking for the tur-KEY to hosting a small Thanksgiving gathering? Look no further than this Coriander and Orange Glazed Roast, a perfect harmony of flavours destined to take your Thanksgiving to the next level.

Turkey tikka masala served in a pan with a side of naan bread and white rice.

Give your Thanksgiving leftovers a vibrant makeover with Turkey Tikka Masala, a delightful fusion of holiday turkey and Indian spices that will have you and your post-Thanksgiving meal feeling extra saucy!

Spicy turkey feteer made with leftover turkey.

Cook once, eat twice is our middle name! Nothing says Thanksgiving like getting creative with your leftovers and this Spicy Turkey Feteer is the perfect way to take your Thanksgiving turkey to the next (day) level.

Turkey green curry with cilantro and coconut.

Give your Thanksgiving turkey a tasty Thai twist with our Butterball Turkey Green Curry, where yesterday’s feast becomes the secret ingredient to a delicious encore!

A culinary journey exploring diverse cultures through delicious recipes, proving that no matter where you are, there’s always a place for turkey on your plate.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 8 MEALS

How to Make Thanksgiving Your Own – With Butterball!

By: Chef Shahir Massoud

Growing up in an Egyptian household, our annual Thanksgiving table didn’t always seem “traditional”.  Sure, my mom always cooked a whole bird, (usually seasoned with rosemary and sage), there was stuffing, and of course, some gravy. But there were also grape leaves, cucumber yogurt, kobeba (a dish with ground beef or lamb, bulghur wheat, pureed onion, and spices), and her famous phyllo cheese squares. Without realizing it at the time, she masterfully balanced the two worlds between a classic Thanksgiving spread and the celebratory flavours from her childhood to be shared with her family.

In that spirit, I’ve shared my own tips on how to cook a modern Thanksgiving feast, while simultaneously incorporating the flavours of your heritage. Whatever you cook, remember it’s your kitchen, your rules.  Yes, you should serve a whole bird, but you can also use the occasion to get creative by incorporating new and bold tastes.

  • Turkey is the star of the table, AND it’s versatile!

A Thanksgiving without turkey is not Thanksgiving. As a kid, I remember getting invited to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, and the host served chicken cordon bleu. Even as a nine-year old, I recognized that Thanksgiving just didn’t feel the same without the turkey centrepiece. The great news is that your turkey is a blank canvas for whatever spice, marinade, or rub you want to incorporate. You can take your bird in any culinary direction, so let it be the inspiration for the whole meal! For example, my Indian-Inspired Boneless Turkey Roasts include the robust flavours of a quality garam masala and Kashmiri chili.  Or, using a whole bird, try taking a modern Middle Eastern spin by incorporating a za’atar and sumac infused rub—it’ll take your turkey in an exciting new direction.

  • Get Creative with the Sides

When you think of a Thanksgiving table, some form of potato, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy are usually staples. Fair enough. But what if those potatoes were vibrant, yellow Bombay-style spuds to match that Indian-inspired turkey roast? Then, picture a tangy mango chutney to take the place of a cranberry sauce. Bake up stuffing-spiced (think sage, thyme, rosemary) pita chips to accentuate a fresh Fattoush salad along-side that Middle Eastern whole bird! You can even season the gravy to fit whatever theme you have going this year. Keep the framework of the traditional meal, while still finding ways to sneak in your own family’s traditional plates and sides.

  • Involve your Guests!

Whether you’re gathering friends, family, or both, think about ways to include your guests. As the host, you should tackle the turkey (whether you choose a roast or Easy Fresh cut for a smaller gathering, or whole bird for a big group). And don’t forget to decipher your cook time and thaw time with Butterball’s Turkey Calculator to keep this part of the meal easy breezy. But, for the sides and desserts, feel free to disclose your theme to your guests, and ask them to embrace the flavours of your heritage, and invite them to do the same! Then, on Thanksgiving, you’ll have a Thanksgiving table filled with great food, warm memories, and interesting stories behind the inspiration of each dish. After all, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about!? Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

The Ultimate Weekend BBQ Bash

By: Chef Benjamin Leblanc-Bedouin

 

It’s summer and we all know the most epic part of the season is hosting the ultimate weekend BBQ bash! Time to round up your friends and family because we have the six steps you need to plan and execute an incredible backyard weekend of eats, friends and some savings.

  • Outdoor means outside – take the heat out of the kitchen and cook everything on the grill! Use the burner on the BBQ to cook eggs for breakfast, boil your water for your pasta or use Turkey Franks as spider dogs (cut a small slit in the middle and watch them fan out as they roast over the fire). When it comes to big groups – the simpler the better.
  • Prep, prep & prep – There is nothing like having everything ready to go prior to your guests arriving! There are tons of cheap menu items that pack a mean punch in the summer, use cost effective ingredients that are easy to prepare ahead of time. Try out some Turkey Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Turkey Jalapeno Poppers or a Strawberry and Turkey Ham Salad!
  • Share the love – When someone asks you what they can bring, instead of saying “oh don’t worry about it” – people love to help so give them a job! Why not ask them to bring their best dish that everyone can enjoy so that you can enjoy some savings!
  • Lose the timeline – A weekend get together means one thing – no set mealtime! Prepare menu items that can be available at any time and don’t be afraid to serve them up sporadically throughout the day to make sure your guests are well fed all day long.
  • Have a showstopper – Try something out of the box! It’ll be more fun for you and definitely fun for your guests if you step out of your comfort zone and try something different. For example, these Cheesy Garlic Bread Turkey Franks are an easy and delicious twist on a classic!

With careful planning, prepping, and prioritizing an unforgettable experience, you can truly WOW your guests! All while reducing stress, thoroughly enjoying yourself, managing costs effectively, and, last but not least, ensuring you are forever known as the weekend BBQ bash master!

Easy Weeknight Meal Tips

By: Chef Shahir Massoud

Fellow parents, rejoice!  It’s that magical time of year where we get to return our beloved children to their rambunctious hallways and patient teachers – it’s back to school! There’s so much excitement in the air this time of year, but with the thrill of new beginnings also comes the return of weeknight dinners after a long day. So here are a few of my top tips to help you get back into the swing of things when it comes to getting a hot, healthy meal on the table in no time.

Use those leftovers for lunch

Whenever I’m making a quick weeknight dinner, I also find it useful to think about how to reimagine the leftovers into an exciting lunch. As a kid who grew tired of the same old ham and cheese between white bread, parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids engaged with their food – that way they’ll eat it! For example, when prepping the Butterball turkey breast for the Turkey Breast Satay recipe, grab another breast while you’re at it and grill it simply with just salt and pepper. That way, you’ll have it ready for the next day to throw into a turkey BLT or shred into turkey fajita rolls – two quick but interesting ideas for the kids’ lunchboxes (that will also be peanut-free for safe school consumption!).

Get the kids involved where you can!

Whenever you can get the kids involved in prepping dinner, it’s a good thing. They become more invested in the meal this way, and it leads them to try new things and actually eat what’s being served. It can be simple too – let them add things to the blender and turn it on (exciting for a little one!). Sure, they might be too young to handle the grilling, but even getting them hands-on with some of the simple steps goes a long way.

Prioritize mealtimes together

This one is tough (and it’s something that we’re working on still, so it takes time!), but try to put away all distractions at dinner time. A quick recipe doesn’t mean you have to rush through the actual meal. Dinner is a chance to put away phones, homework, arts and crafts – any and all distractions and connect as a family. There may be grumblings at first, but eventually this is a family tradition worth adopting.

Make it fun!

Are you tired of the same old routine when it comes to weeknight dinners? Spice up your meals by introducing Theme Nights! This creative strategy adds a touch of excitement and anticipation to your family’s dining experience while simplifying the planning process. Ideas such as “Taco Tuesday,” “Stir-Fry Wednesday,” “Comfort Food Thursday,” or “Pizza Night Friday,” are all super fun ways to keep not only the kids but you engaged and excited to cook dinners.

Hopefully, these tips will help make your weeknight dinners easier, whether you make them happen 5 days a week or 1 day a week. Good luck parents, you’ve got this!

5 Tips for Back to Routine and Back to School Lunches

By: Ivanka Hanley

September means back to school and back to work! The best way to feel prepared and ready is to have lots of healthy snacks and meals available. This makes the transition from summer a little easier on everyone. Taking a little bit of time on the weekend to meal plan and meal prep will help to set you and your family up for success. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  1. Meal plan – Take some time to look through your cookbooks, Instagram, Pinterest or Butterball.ca for easy meal ideas that get your inspired (and hungry!) like this easy and tasty Turkey Bacon Bowl.
  2. Variety keeps it interesting – Pick 2-3 lunch ideas where you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and assemble the night before. Having more than one lunch idea helps keep the days interesting and will keep you looking forward to lunch.
  3. When thinking of easy meals that will keep kids full and energized, always consider the following formula:
    1. Greens (buying prewashed mixed greens helps to eliminate washing/chopping)
    2. Protein of your choice such as turkey bacon, turkey breast or turkey ham are easy to prepare and packed with flavour
    3. 2-3 veggies (tomato, cucumber, celery, carrots, broccoli to name a few)
    4. Cheese (cheeses like goat, feta or cheddar add lots of flavour)
    5. Carbohydrate like potato, sweet potato or pasta. This helps to complete your meal and leaves you fuller for longer
  4. Prep and go – Always try to pack your family’s lunch (and even breakfast) the night before. This helps to ensure you can easily grab it with you or have it ready in the fridge. Try out these Turkey Bacon Egg Bites for a grab and go option!
  5. Do it yourself – Consider making your own salad dressing or use healthy sauces like salsa, hummus or tzatziki to add to your meals for extra flavour that will keep everyone excited for lunch!

Back to school season is a busy and exciting time for both kids and parents, so let us take some of the pressure off with these easy tips, designed to set the whole family up for some delicious, easy and nutritious success!

Get Back to S(COOL) and Routine with Butterball

Get ready to ace back-to-school season with Butterball! Whether you’re whipping up lunchboxes, meal prepping for the week or looking for that effortless weeknight dinner, we’ve got you covered. With easy and nutritious recipes, time-saving cooking hacks and meal inspiration, Butterball has rounded up the best resources to make this school year an A+!

Dad packing lunch for his daughter.

Looking to get an A+ in packing lunches? Gear up for a hassle-free back to routine season with tips from meal prep expert Ivanka Hanley that’ll have your whole family enjoying easy and delicious lunches all year long.

Family having breast seated on a dining table.

Chef Shahir Massoud is here to give you a lesson in saving time while making dinner after a busy day at school and practice! We know preparing nutritious and exciting weeknight meals can feel overwhelming, so let these us help you get a solid report card for the whole family.

Turkey breast skewers with turkey ham and fruits

Time to pack a punch in your kid’s lunch with these easy recipes! Curated by DIY expert Denise Wild, these easy recipes are the perfect way to fuel your kids’ imaginations and appetites all day long.

Boneless turkey breast wrap

This one’s for you, mom and dad. Indulge in the satisfaction of a meal prepped lunch! With roasted red pepper, tender and juicy Butterball Turkey Roast and creamy feta, this pita pocket will elevate your lunchtime experience to a whole new level of delicious.

Sticky rice and turkey salad in a bowl

Spice up your weekday life with this delicious and easy tender BBQ turkey with a zesty mango jalapeno salsa. Make a bit extra for leftovers so that you have one less thing to worry about tomorrow.

Grilled turkey skewers with cucumbers, lemon and dip placed on a plate

Hop on the flavour bus with Chef Shahir Massoud’s Turkey Breast Satay! You’ll go nuts for this turkey marinated in a delicious blend of spices and served with a creamy peanut sauce. Plus, it’s ready in under 30 minutes so you can get back to homework, work, practice or just relaxing.

Monte Cristo sandwich with turkey bacon placed on a wooden tray

Here’s some simple math for you – Butterball Turkey Bacon is made with 50% less fat than regular pork bacon. So go ahead, indulge in this delicious, melty and cheese Montecristo sandwich on your work from home lunch break. You deserve it.

Three school lunch boxes with turkey pepperoni, avocado and fruits

You’ll be getting straight A’s with this recipe in your backpack! Bite-sized cups filled with tasty turkey pepperoni and your favourite toppings are not only easy to make but are the perfect addition to lunches as that midday boost you’ve been looking for.

Turkey bacon wrap with cilantro and lemon placed on the table.

Make your weekday lunch tur(n)key with these quick and easy Grilled Turkey Ham Burritos! Packed with tender turkey ham, melted cheese and a medley of mouthwatering flavours, these delicious burritos are the perfect grab and go option for a hassle-free lunch.

Grilled turkey breast with vegetables on a sheet pan.

Conquer weeknight dinner chaos with the easy and flavorful Sheet Pan Greek Turkey Breast! This one-pan wonder delivers tender turkey breast infused with Greek spices and a rainbow of roasted veggies, ensuring a stress-free dinner the whole family will love.

Turkey Bacon salad with tomatoes and cucumber in a bowl.

Stop bacon yourself crazy over your weekday lunch!
These perfectly portioned bowls are packed with Butterball Turkey Bacon, serving up 100% of the flavour and 50% less fat, offering a convenient and delicious lunch option you can feel good about!

Get too cool for school with these mouthwatering easy weekday meals. From turkey ham carbonara to turkey pepperoni pizza, you’ll be inspired to explore the mealtime possibilities with easy to make recipes from Butterball.

Become a Grill Master with These 5 Easy Tips! BY: CHEF BENJAMIN LEBLANC-BEDOUIN

Who doesn’t love a backyard BBQ, or a quick summertime dinner on the grill? Whether you are planning a quick weeknight meal or gathering with your friends, here are five easy tips to becoming the grill master of your dreams this summer!

  • Your BBQ Thermometer Isn’t Always Accurate

While opening and closing the barbeque lid, you can lose a lot of heat, and end up not knowing what temperature your grill is. Instead, grab an infrared thermometer to help find your hot and cold spots, and use a food internal temperature thermometer to help ensure your food is cooked to perfection. Always aim for 165°F/74°C in your turkey!

  • Variety is the Spice of Life

It’s almost impossible to choose what delicious food to grill, so why not do it all? Butterball Turkey Burgers, Turkey Franks or Turkey Drumsticks are all elevated in flavour when met with a hot grill. Use your favourite marinades, glazes and sauces to mix things up and offer your guests a menu worthy of the summer season.

  • Don’t Mix and Match

When you’re cooking your food on the grill, pick a spot and keep it. We know we’ve all been there—casually flipping our food over and over again. Know that every time you flip, you lose heat and moisture.

  • Fresh is Best

When you’re choosing ingredients for your side dishes, always use what’s in season to get the most of the flavour! For example, you can try Roast Turkey with Spring Asparagus Salad in May, Cheesy Garlic Bread Turkey Franks in June, and a Sweet and Sour Apricot Turkey in July, and the list goes on!

  • Dare to be Different

Step out of your comfort zone with your grill! Have you ever smoked a turkey breast? Or tried making a breakfast entirely on the BBQ? Or even attempted grilling romaine hearts or pineapple? There are tons of new ideas that you can whip up, so you can make grilling a unique experience for you AND your guests.

Don’t worry if you’re not a “grilling expert”—you don’t have to be! With the right tools, products and a little courage, you can create and execute a menu that will be both delicious and fun! Happy grilling!

Cook Once, Eat Twice with Registered Dietitian Andrea Holwegner

One of my favourite time saving tips as a busy working mom is to think about family meal planning using the strategy I call, “cook once, eat twice” to create new, reinvented meals—especially in Nutrition Month—but also, any time!

What is the difference between a leftover and a repurposed meal?

Making leftovers by doubling whatever you are cooking so you can have the same meal tomorrow night (or an extra stash in the freezer) is a useful time saving technique. While leftovers can be useful, for some people they can also be boring.

Another option is to transform leftovers into what I consider, a reinvented or repurposed meal. For those that don’t love eating the same thing two days in a row and want to see more variety on their plate, repurposed or reinvented meals are an awesome solution.

To create a repurposed meal, you’ll be thinking about using what I call “planned extras” – cooking extras of one part of the meal to use in a new way the next day. You can try:

  • Roasting a whole turkey for dinner tonight and using extras in a new meal with pasta, salad, soup, or even a breakfast, like this Bubble and Squeak, tomorrow.
  • Chopping double the amount of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and/or peppers today for your raw veggie tray, to stir-fry or roast the extras in the oven tomorrow.
  • Cooking extra potatoes or yams to make shepherd’s pie, potato salad or soup the next day.
  • Cooking a double batch of grains such as rice, couscous or quinoa for a new meal, chili, or salad the next day, and incorporating some leftover turkey. Try this Thai-Inspired Turkey Green Curry as an example!
  • Cooking a big batch of lentils for a pasta meal tonight and setting aside the extra to stir into a different meal with rice and veggies or lettuce wraps tomorrow.

Now, I’ll show you how to use this Cook Once, Eat Twice method in practice.

Day 1:

I’m using Butterball Boneless Turkey Roast as a “planned extra” for this meal. It’s a lean, go-to protein option for weekday meals, especially because it’s full of zinc, selenium, B6, B12, niacin (B3) and iron, and acts as a high-quality lean protein source.

  • On a weekend or ‘work-from-home’ day, cook one or two Butterball Boneless Turkey Roasts from frozen in the oven at 325°F on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. I like to brush it with a little oil to help cook the roast to that beautiful golden brown colour. You’ll simply leave in the oven for approximately 3.5 to 4 hours or until the meat thermometer reads 165°F or 74°C. Be sure to always reference the cooking directions on the package!
  • When the turkey is 30 minutes to an hour away from being fully cooked, start assembling your side dishes. Turkey pairs with just about anything, but I like to serve this meal with rice or roasted potatoes and steamed peas and carrots or green beans.
  • Continue to prepare your side dishes while you let the roast rest. Then, slice the warm tender turkey and voila–dinner is served!

 

Day 2:

The next day with the extra roast turkey you’ve already cooked, you can use this to create a second totally different reinvented meal.  Since my family are taco fanatics, here’s a simple, no-recipe-required Turkey Taco meal. You could also make a soup, quesadilla, or gourmet grilled cheese!

  • All you need to do is slice the Butterball Boneless Turkey Roast into thin strips, squeeze a fresh orange over the turkey and toss with a sprinkle of taco seasoning (or a dash of paprika, cumin, garlic powder and chili powder).
  • Next, heat a saucepan or non-stick pan with some oil and sauté thinly sliced onions and red/yellow/orange peppers until tender. Toss in the turkey and heat until warmed. Assemble your tacos with all your favorite toppings such as grated cheese, diced avocado and cilantro or chopped tomato, shredded lettuce and sour cream.

 

See? It doesn’t have to be hard to prepare meals that aren’t repetitive, but are flavourful and nutritious for the whole family. Head to the recipes page for more turkey recipes, and ways you can repurpose your leftover turkey into new meals!

5 Tips to Help with Easter Dinner Prep

By: Jennifer Pallian

Spring has officially sprung, and that means it’s time to celebrate Easter with your loved ones. Whether you’re with friends, family or a bit of both, these helpful tips will have your work in the kitchen done in a flash so you can get back to spending time with the people that matter.

1. If you’re hosting a big dinner, pick your recipes at least a week in advance (like this turkey roast with delicious pan sauce recipe). This gives you ample time to plan your shopping trips if the menu requires multiple stops and gives you a buffer to switch recipes if an ingredient you were counting on isn’t available due to supply chain issues.

 

2. If you’re nervous about hosting and attempting new dishes, it can be really helpful to reach out to family and friends for their favourite tried and true recipes.(like this whole turkey with pancetta stuffing). Using a recipe that someone you trust has recommended is a great way to reduce stress about uncertain recipes. Then on the big day, you’ll be confident and calm preparing something you know is easy and delicious.

 

3. If you’re cooking a frozen Butterball Turkey, pick it up a week in advance to give you lots of time to thaw it. Frozen Butterball Turkey Breast Roasts are my favourite for serving a smaller crowd, and they don’t even need to be thawed!

 

4. Prepare as much as you can in advance, so you aren’t locked in the kitchen on Easter day. Veggies can be chopped in advance, most casseroles can be assembled and this scrumptious Herbed Peppercorn Gravy can be made 1-2 days ahead.

 

5. Choose a dessert (like this fluffy no-bake Easter Egg Cheesecake) that can be made a day or two beforehand and won’t take up oven space on the big day.

There is no one perfect way to host an Easter dinner! Find the things that work best for you and enjoy yourself as you build new traditions and find your rhythm. As long as you’re sitting around your table enjoying a meal with your people, you can call your Easter a success!

This Easter, Let the Turkey Do the Work

By: Chef Benjamin Leblanc-Bedouin

As the snow melts, the days get sunnier and springtime is finally upon us, it feels like the perfect time to celebrate with family and friends! Get the most bang for your buck this Easter with these 5 easy tips for a budget friendly gathering.

 

1. Roasting a Whole Turkey

We all want to serve up tender and juicy turkey and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get there! Butterball’s whole turkey just needs a few brushes of oil and a meat thermometer to have it dinner table ready. Besides that, let the turkey do the work, and let Butterball help you out with a few useful resources, like the Turkey Calculator and how to videos!

 

2. Plan the leftovers

We all love the leftovers! In fact, we all make sure that there’s turkey leftover after our celebrations – so why not plan ahead! There are tons of delicious recipes to have on deck to keep enjoying your leftover turkey. Some classic favourites include soup, sandwiches, and casseroles. TIP: As you are cutting veggies for your stuffing, slice a few extra cups to have on hand for recipes throughout the week!

 

3. Simplify your sides

What if you made use of the same ingredient in all your different side dishes? This is an easy way to reduce prep time in the kitchen and get you back to enjoying your free time. For example, add apples to your slaw, your stuffing AND your dessert for a tasty and easy way simplify your meal.

 

4. Try something new

Butterball offers a variety of products that lend themselves well to all three meals of the day. When you plan for your busy day of hosting, have easy and delicious turkey options available to implement into your meals to save time. TIP: Butterball Turkey Bacon is a match made in heaven for a quick and delicious starter salad for your big dinner.

 

5. Use what you have

We all know our seasoning cupboards can get packed full of ingredients. Some advice? Pull them out and incorporate them into your Easter meals. Grab things like allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and incorporate them into your apple crumble. Or, spice up your roasted potatoes with things like paprika, dry mustard, garlic salt or onion powder to get the most bang out of your ingredients already on hand.

Nowadays, meal prep is a staple in everyone’s households. So why not bring that approach to your kitchen for Easter? Try out these helpful tips and you’ll find that you’ll cut back on spending, cooking time and of course, cleaning. Whatever you do – just make sure you let the turkey do the work, because after all, it’s what we came for!

‘Peep’ These Top Tips for Celebrating Easter in 2024

By: Shahir Massoud

And just like that, Easter is here! It’s one of my favourite holidays of the year because it’s a time to celebrate with family when the weather is warmer, the days are longer and the sun is shining a little brighter. So, to make your Easter gatherings that much “hoppier,” I’ve put together some of my favourite Easter tips. Hop to it and have a read!

  1. Egg Decorating is Always in Style

Every Easter, my mom would colour hard-boiled eggs and hide them around the house as part of our morning hunt. But, she even took it a step further by dyeing the eggs one colour, letting them dry, then wrapping elastic bands around them. Then, she would dye them another colour.  When you peel away the elastics, you get a beautiful two-tone stripe effect! It’s a great way to get creative with patterns, colours, stickers, etc., and they’re also a smart way to make ahead the egg component of your Easter brunch that you can enjoy afterwards.

  1. Speaking of Eggs…

My mom was also famous for forgetting where she hid all the chocolate eggs and treats!  It wasn’t uncommon for my brother and I to stumble upon an Easter treat at the beginning of June. Don’t forget—playing the Easter bunny is your duty, but so is remembering where all of the goodies are. Try to create a little system of where the hidden eggs will go as opposed to randomly throwing them under every nook and cranny in your house.

  1. Easter Brunch 101

Now, most people will cook up a glorious turkey dinner to celebrate Easter, so you may be thinking, “you now want me to cook a huge brunch!?”. Yes, yes I do – but there’s a smart way to do it. Think about make-ahead staples (remember those coloured eggs I mentioned above, you can do those a couple days ahead) or easy dishes that require little to no prep (like my ramekin-baked eggs with lean Butterball turkey bacon – recipe of course on butterball.ca).  You can also re-purpose the leftovers from the night before. For example, try my “Bubble and Squeak” or a giant frittata, and throw in the leftover turkey and veg. Buy a few fancy pastries, sweet brioche, a fruit platter or anything sweet to complement your brunch meal, which still keeps the menu simple, but plentiful and impressive for your family and guests.

  1. Don’t Forget to Spring-ify!

The best part about Easter is that it always lands when spring has sprung. The gloomy winter is coming to an end, and this is your chance to embrace everything about the year’s most revitalized season. Make sure your menu celebrates in-season produce (asparagus, rhubarb, radishes, etc.) and your table setting showcases the colours, flowers, and scents that are representative of the new season. I personally love tulips, and so does my wife, Mila! I picked up some for her in the airport after coming home from a business trip last week, and they’ve brought so much life and colour to our home.

 

Make Easter 2024 Tur(n)key

Are you all ears for some tips on how to make your Easter the most delicious one yet? We’ve got you! Whether it’s Easter recipe ideas or creative ways to repurpose your leftover turkey, entertaining tips or helpful videos, Butterball’s rounded up the very best resources to ensure your Easter is egg-stra special.

Butterball turkey roast cut in pieces garnished with cilantro and tomatoes.

Looking to get egg-stra creative with your family this Easter?  Hop through Chef Shahir Massoud’s top tips for celebrating Easter—you’ll find tons of fun and engaging ways to make sure every bunny has an Easter to remember. 

Butterball roast turkey with spring asparagus salad.

Hop into spring on the right foot with these Easter dinner hosting tips! Curated by registered dietician Jennifer Pallian, these helpful hacks will ensure your spring celebration is everything it’s cracked up to be. 

Roasted whole turkey garnished with lemon and cranberries.

Is some bunny looking for some help in the kitchen? The Butterball Turkey Calculator is the sous-chef you’ve been waiting for. By just plugging in the number of guests you’re hosting, this one-stop-shop will share the perfect turkey size for your gathering, thaw and cook times, and product recommendations to keep your Easter hopping along.

Roasted whole turkey with chestnut filling.

Are you losing your ‘hares’ thinking about how to cook your turkey this Easter? Check out these helpful how-to videos that will give you the best spring refresh on all things turkey-cooking related – from thawing, to cooking and carving, Butterball has you covered.

A middle eastern spiced whole turkey placed in the middle of the table with bread, rice and spices on the side.

Looking to become a turkey cooking eggspert this Easter? We have all the resources you need for a spring refresh on all things turkey—from thawing, to cooking, to carving.

Butterball whole turkey on a wooden plate with side salads

This turkey recipe? It’s the bee’s knees! The ultimate spring flavours—honey and lavender—come together to create a delicious turkey, wrapped up in an Easter bow. 

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Are you looking to bring a little heat to your Easter gathering? Then spice your turkey up with this tasty rub that features red pepper flakes, cumin and pepper, and put your tastebuds to the test! 

Roasted Butterball turkey on white plate with orange slices.

There’s nothing BUTTER than a perfectly roasted Easter turkey, and this sage butter and white wine turkey by Jennifer Pallian. Every bunny will be coming back for seconds!  

A delicious plate of food featuring Butterball Turkey Roast with Sauce Americaine, accompanied by meat, rice, and salad.

This recipe is certainly all it is cracked up to be! Just as flavourful as it is colourful, it makes for the ultimate Easter lunch or dinner with a smaller crowd. 

Turkey Roast with Herb Butter and Silky Cognac Gravy.

Whether you’re celebrating Easter with a small group of family, friends or a little bit of both, nobunny compares to this tender and juicy turkey roast with herb butter and a delicious, silky cognac gravyServe it up this Easter to dazzle your guests!  

Butterball turkey roast with spring asparagus salad.

Eggsercise your cooking skills, and you whip up this Butterball roast with a spring asparagus salad for your Easter soiree! All your peeps will love it.  

Turkey Bacon Eggs Benedict

Are you celebrating Easter by brunchin’ with your best bunnies? This Turkey Bacon Eggs Benedict recipe should be your main menu item! Made with Butterball turkey bacon, you’ll also be serving up a dish that’s lower in fat than traditional pork bacon, but equipped with all the flavours.

Leftover turkey tart on a wooden board

We’ve got a hunch you’ll be cooking up an Easter brunch…and here’s the recipe you need. This easy Spring Tart uses seasonal vegetables, like asparagus, and leftover turkey from your Easter dinner. 

Leftover Turkey Udon Soup on a bowl

Udon know how much you’re missing if you don’t use your leftover Easter turkey to whip up this spicy turkey udon soup. If you’re looking to SPICE up your leftovers—this is the recipe for you!  

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Thai to stop yourself from eating seconds of this tasty one pot turkey pad Thai! Using just a few easy ingredients and your repurposed leftover Easter turkey, you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck with this recipe that can be enjoyed the week after Easter.  

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…TURKEY TIME!

Oh by golly, let’s be jolly! This holiday season, get into the festive spirit without any worries about how to cook your turkey, how many guests you’ll be hosting, or what to do with all your extra leftovers. Butterball’s got you covered with everything you need to make your holidays merry, bright and budget-friendly!

Christmas whole turkey rubbed with spice with lemon and cherries.

Put on your holiday best! From food to fun, Chef Shahir Massoud has got all the hot takes on how to rock the night away with your guests—whether you’re planning for a small group, or a large festive bash.

Traditional red sleigh with holiday decorations.

Inflation may be on the rise, but so is our holiday spirit! Our good friend Denise Wild—who happens to be a DIY expert—shares some special tips on how to host on a budget! Keep calm and holiday on by creating small décor pieces with low-cost purchases and other items that you may already have lying around your home.

Roasted whole turkey placed a thanksgiving dinner table.

OK, so you’re not a DIY person—don’t let Jack Frost nip your nose! Butterball has other tips to share on how to host this year’s holiday dinner, without breaking the bank. Remember, the holidays aren’t about who can spend the most money, but about great food and spending time with your loved ones.

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Is the weather outside frightful, and your  thoughts about cooking a turkey even worse? Fear not! Call Butterball’s Turkey Talk Line and get all of your turkey related questions answered.

Christmas whole turkey with cherries placed in a small tray.

Before you’re ready to jingle bell rock, you’ll need to know how to properly cook your Butterball turkey. Thanks to Butterball, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Thanksgiving whole turkey with orange, spices and dry fruits.

Tis the season for thawing, 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 holidays with cooking confidence.

Christmas turkey. Traditional festive food for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Turkey and stuffing and gravy, oh my! We know you have a ton on your plate this year, so let us help you take something off. The Butterball Turkey Calculator is here to save the hassle with a quick and easy way to find the perfect thaw and cook time for your holiday turkey.

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Deck the halls—and your holiday table this year with these easy tips! Your guests will love the effort and holiday spirit you’ve put into making your home as festive as possible. Did we mention your Butterball turkey also makes the perfect centerpiece?

Roasted whole turkey with fruits and cranberry chutney.

All I want this holiday season is…a roasted turkey with cranberry chutney! A classic whole turkey made simple and easy with a fun spin on a holiday staple, with our favourite holiday fruit.

Whole turkey with chestnut filling.

Sing some sleighin’ songs tonight…in the kitchen! DIY expert Denise Wild has put together a playlist of her favourite holiday tunes—perfect for when you’re busy cooking in the kitchen, decorating sugar cookies, or sitting down with your guests for your turkey dinner.

Roasted whole turkey with cranberries and lemon.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This easy take on a whole turkey recipe uses simple but delicious ingredients, like maple, lemon and herbs. Warning, you may not have any leftovers!

Roasted whole turkey with chestnut filling.

The only thing better than the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire is…chestnuts in stuffing! Get the recipe for this delicious Butterball Turkey with Pancetta and Chestnut Stuffing for the ultimate holiday dinner and table centerpiece.

Whole turkey cooked in a turkey 65 masala with added oil tempering garnished with lemon.

The holidays only come every 3(65) days, so enjoy this recipe while you can! It’s a delicious take on a classic Indian dish, made using bold spices like turmeric, chilies and coriander. This flavour-forward turkey is a unique twist that you can serve-up this holiday to impress your guests!

Roasted whole turkey with lemon and onions placed on a tray

On the first day of the holidays my true love gave to me…a Herb Butter Roast Turkeeeeeeey. This recipe has no shortage of flavour, and it’s perfect for enjoying over the holiday season.

Turkey green curry with cilantro and coconut.

It’s not easy being green, except if you’re this delicious Thai-inspired Turkey Green Curry dish created by Chef Shahir. Made using your extra pre-cooked Butterball turkey and a few other unique ingredients, this recipe will change your definition of “leftover.”

Turkey leftovers Jamaican patties served in a plate with a side of bell peppers.

Are boring leftover recipes Jamaican you crazy? Try these delicious patties made by Chef Shahir and use your extra Butterball turkey from your holiday dinner. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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Oh tetrazzini, oh tetrazzini, how lovely are thy turkey! Keep the holiday spirit going with this tasty recipe filled with your repurposed holiday turkey. Creamy and delicious, all you have to do is pop it in the oven, and enjoy.

Mini turkey pot pies with peas, mashed potatoes and carrots.

It will be a silent night at your house with these mini turkey pot pies on the menu! You won’t be able to resist the classic dish in cute individual portions, filled to the brim with your repurposed holiday turkey.

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.

Roasted whole turkey placed a thanksgiving dinner table.

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.

Roasted whole turkey decorated with lemon placed on a white tray.

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

RoastTurkeySpicyRub

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!

A consumer affairs team member answering calls from office

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.

Christmas whole turkey with cherries placed in a small tray.

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!

Thanksgiving whole turkey with orange, spices and dry fruits.

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.

Christmas whole turkey rubbed with spice with lemon and cherries.

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.

A table with a variety of food, including a turkey, displayed on it.

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!

Roasted whole turkey garnished with lemon with different assorted food items like potatoes, salad and gravy.

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.

Roasted whole turkey with cranberries and lemon.

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.

Roasted whole turkey with cranberries decorated for Christmas.

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.

Whole turkey cooked in a turkey 65 masala with added oil tempering garnished with lemon.

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.

Spicy quesadilla made with leftover turkey filling with lemon, mint chutney on the side.

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!

A delicious leftover turkey and mushroom pasta bake on a table.

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.

Leftover turkey fried rice placed in a plate.

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.

Mini turkey pot pies with peas, mashed potatoes and carrots.

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.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY DIYS: SET A MERRY MOOD WITH SIMPLE IDEAS FOR HOSTING YOUR BEST HOLIDAY PARTY EVER

By: Denise Wild

The holidays are here! And if you know me, you know how much I love decorating my spaces for festive entertaining. However, with inflation on the rise and price increases everywhere, I’m being a little pickier about what I’m spending money on this year. The good news is, there are so many ways you can turn your home into a festive entertaining space without breaking the bank! Here are some DIY tips for bringing that holiday spirit into your home while keeping your wallet tucked away:

  1. Deck the halls…with small vignettes

    Cluster small, holiday-themed decor accessories in various spots around your home to add a touch of Christmas at every turn. Some items you can think about grouping together would be a family of nutcrackers, snow globes, a stack of holiday-themed books, or a few hung-up stockings.

  2. As we dream, by the fire…in comfy holiday toss cushions

    Holiday toss cushions will instantly transform a room with a very small price tag. And if you’re a sewer, you can DIY them—think fun Christmas patterns and colours, notable characters (Frosty, Santa Clause, Rudolph), or your favourite holiday catch phrase (Let it Snow, Merry and Bright, Deck the Halls).

  3. What a bright time!

    Consider adding small red or green lights, battery-powered candles, or white twinkle lights throughout your home for a touch of holiday ambiance. You can wrap them up a railing, line them around door frames, or even around mirrors! I personally love weaving them inside a long piece of garland for an extra holiday sparkle.

  4. Put the CUTE in charcuterie

    Put together two or three separate charcuterie boards, each with their own theme that guests can enjoy throughout the day. Perhaps one is traditional meats and cheese, one could include the Butterball Turkey Roast and fruits, and one could be a dessert or candy spread.

  5. All I want for Christmas is…a signature mocktail

    Mix some of your favourite drinkable ingredients into a family-friendly mocktail. Give the drink a festive name (like Prancer’s Peppermint Spritz), and set up a drink station complete with holiday glassware and garnishes. This is also a great way to get everyone involved—consider asking your guests to bring ingredients to create a batch of their own signature mocktail, and everyone can share!

  6. In the air there’s a scent of Christmas

    Whether it’s a candle, plug-in, or simmering apple cider on the stove, a holiday scent is sure to get everyone in the mood for Christmas cheer. I especially love the stove-top idea because it’s an easy and affordable way to get a beautiful-smelling home! I personally love mixing cinnamon and orange slices in a large pot of water and letting them simmer, but the scent combos are endless. Make sure you don’t go overboard by mixing too many different ingredients together—keep things light and fresh!

  7. Sing some sleighin’ songs tonight!

    Nothing invokes the holiday spirit like classic Christmas songs and your favourite family tunes. Check out my newest Butterball holiday playlist, which is full of my favourite festive entertaining songs. There’s nothing like a kitchen dance party with family and friends!

Host a Stress-Free and Affordable Friendsgiving with Erin Abe

Host a Stress-Free and Affordable Friendsgiving with Erin Abe

A table set with a black and white checkered tablecloth, creating a classic and elegant ambiance.

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

A Thanksgiving feast spread out on a table, featuring a roasted turkey, assorted vegetables, and other delicious foods.

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?

Pickled cucumber and truffle mustard turkey franks placed on a wooden tray.

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 with melted cheese, salad and BBQ sauce.

Teriyaki turkey burgers

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.

Grilled turkey franks topped with variety of vegetables placed in a metal tray.

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.

Sliced turkey ham cooked with BBQ sauce with salad on the side.

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.

Grilled turkey legs cooked with BBQ sauce.

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.

Turkey burger with pickled onion and cilantro with a side scrambled eggs.

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.

Turkey franks hot dogs placed topped with grilled vegetables placed in a tray.

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.

Grilled turkey breast salad with lemon on the side.

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.

Turkey burgers with tomatoes, onion, lettuce and melted cheese placed on an outdoor table.

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.

Butterball tandoori turkey kebabs with lemon on the side placed in a tray.

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.

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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.

HOURS

Dates Day Time (EST)
September 28 Thursday 10AM – 5PM
September 30 – October 1 Saturday – Sunday 11AM – 7PM
October 2 – October 5 Monday – Thursday Closed
October 6 Friday 12PM – 7PM
October 7 – October 8 Saturday – Sunday 11AM – 7PM
October 9th Monday (Thanksgiving) 11AM – 7PM

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!