With the holidays season comes entertaining, get-togethers and big family meals. From pasta dishes, salads, stuffed turkey breasts, and even cedar plank grilled we love having turkey as a staple in our home and trying out new recipes. Turkey is a light and lean protein option full of vitamins and minerals.
Entertaining with Canadian Turkey is easy! Visit canadianturkey.ca to discover everything you need to plan and cook the perfect meal. With everything from Whole Turkey HOW TOs and Turkey Basics videos to meal solutions that will easily feed a crowd, they have you covered for all your entertaining menus.
Feeling creative? Turkey is a versatile choice and perfect to feed a crowd, you can easily use different flavor profiles, spice blends, seasoning, stuffing and even glazes to make it your own. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Experiment with different brining and marinating flavors, get creative with your own family favorites.
- Use a glaze like maple, cranberry, jalapeno, paprika, Provence or bourbon to baste your bird throughout the roasting process and add a different flavor finish.
- Create your own rub using family-favorites spices for a unique signature style.
- Stuff your turkey with a selection of aromatics to customize and infuse flavor while cooking – a few of our favorites include shallots and thyme, apples and sage, onion and rosemary.
- Created spiced and flavored butters or oils to rub underneath the skin and add a major flavor boost while cooking.
When it comes to getting creative with turkey we’ve got a recipe that will knock your socks off. This one-pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Orange and Apricots takes your turkey to a whole new flavor profile.
One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Orange and Apricots Recipe
This recipe is simple to make and easily feeds a crowd. All you need is 25 minutes of prep and about an hour cooking time and you’re all set. If used as a main dish you can easily feed 6-8 people.
One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Orange and Apricots
- 4-6 Canadian turkey thighs
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 shallots
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp. sweet paprika
- 2 cups turkey broth
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 2 pods star anise
- 5 small pods green cardamom
- ¼ tsp. saffron
- ½ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup chopped apricots
- ½ cup sliced green olives
- 1 can chickpeas
- 2 stalks green onion chopped
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 1 tbsps. chopped mint
- 1 tbsps. chopped parsley
- 1 tbsps. chopped cilantro
- 1 ½ tbsps. sesame seeds
- 1 tbsps. slivered orange rind
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or Dutch oven.
- Thinly slice shallots and fry until golden, 1-2 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Season turkey thighs with salt, pepper and paprika.
- Brown both sides over medium heat.
- Deglaze with white wine.
- Add turkey broth. Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover and cook for 40 – 50 minutes until turkey is cooked through and almost falling off the bone.
- Remove turkey thighs from the pan to cool. Once cooled, discard the skin, remove the meat from the bones and break up into chunks. Set aside.
- Pour out the sauce from the pan into a heatproof container. Add water until you have 4 cups liquid in total. Set liquid mixture aside.
- Add 1 tsp. of olive oil to the pan over medium heat. Add rice, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom. Stir to toast rice and spices, 2 – 3 minutes.
- Add liquid mixture, saffron, raisins and garlic. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover until rice is cooked through, 10 – 12 minutes. Turn off heat. Uncover, fluff with a fork and cover again for 10 minutes.
- Add chickpeas, apricots, olives and turkey to the rice and combine.
- To serve, top with shallots, green onions, almonds, mint, parsley, cilantro, sesame seeds and orange rind. Enjoy!
You can easily make a variation of this recipe by using turkey breast instead of thighs to make it lighter or a combination of both to use up your leftovers. It will quickly become a family favorite.
What's your favorite turkey recipe?
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I’d like to add the Gluten-Free Red Quinoa Stuffing with Apples and Walnuts recipe. We have members that need gluten free now so this would work out perfect.
The HONEY MUSTARD AND SRIRACHA TURKEY THIGHS sounds amazing! I have to try it out for the holidays!
Peach Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast would be scrumptious I’m sure.
My family would really enjoy the Maple-Thyme Basted Roast Turkey, we love those flavours.
I’d like to add the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets to my holiday celebrations!
I’m going to make the mushroom, leek and turkey sausage stuffing this year for xmas dinner.
I would like to try the SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST
The turkey falafel bites look good!
ALL-IN-ONE THANKSGIVING DINNER BOWL sounds like the perfect way to use up the holiday dinner leftovers
I would like to add the mushroom leek stuffing.
TURKEY BIRYANI is something we would cook. We love rice dishes at out house all year round.
SPICED THANKSGIVING TURKEY WITH TURKEY CHORIZO STUFFING .. this sounds amazing!!!
MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY!!
I would like to add the ASPARAGUS AND SWISS CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY CUTLETS to my holiday celebrations.
I would like to try the HONEY MUSTARD AND SRIRACHA TURKEY THIGHS
The SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL CHILI looks good
Would love to try Peach Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast.
I’d love to make the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing
I would love to add the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE to our holiday celebration.
I would love to try the All on One Turkey Thanksgiving dinner bowl. It might not be the same day, but the next, but leftovers are my favourite.
I would love to try the TURKEY FALAFEL BITES.
The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière with that beautiful crust would make our holiday table smile! And add a unique dish to our traditions!
I like the CHEDDAR SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL BURGERS. I was thinking of making these as sliders for appetisers and nibblers during our holiday gatherings.
I will be hosting Christmas Day brunch and would like to serve a Homestyle Turkey Tourtière
The MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY looks delicious!
i’d love to try the turkey falafel bites
I would like to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE. My aunt made it every year and now that I live across the country I miss it so much!
I would love to try the Peach Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast
I would like to make the APPLE, SAGE AND SHALLOT STUFFED HOLIDAY TURKEY.
I would love to try the Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey
I would love to add the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE.
The mushroom leek stuffing would make my turkey so much better!
ALL-IN-ONE THANKSGIVING DINNER BOWL
I would love to make the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing
MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING – oh my gosh that makes my mouth water. What a delicious looking stuffing.
I would llike to try the All in One Turkey Bowl. That looks delicious.
The Turkey Snack Jars ! Oh great ! I just love this idea ! I will make these this holiday !
I would add the Turkey Falafel bites!
y family would really enjoy the Maple-Thyme Basted Roast Turkey
TURKEY FALAFEL BITES IS what I woujld like to try
I would like to add Hearty Turkey & Lentil Breakfast Bowl
I would add Flavour-Packed Turkey & Lentil Ragu to our holiday menu.
I would LOVE to try the turkey tourtiere. I love both of those things, why not mix them together!
I would like to add the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING to our dinner.
I’d love to add Stuffed Slow Cooked Turkey Roast with Red Pepper Sauce to our holiday celebrations!
I think the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets would be an excellent addition to our festive dinners.
My family would love for me to make the Maple-Thyme Basted Roast Turkey; it sounds delicious!
I would add GRILLED TURKEY AND PINEAPPLE STUFFED MUSHROOMS. Perfect for the gluten free/celiac family members.
The Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Frittata would be one to try with leftovers…
I would love to make the Turkey Snack Jars with my kids!
I’ve read that fried rice is actually better if the rice is a day old
I think the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets would make a nice holiday meal for the family
The Peach Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast sounds yummy.
Iam always looking for a good stuffing recipe that is beyond the normal so I would like to add the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING to my holiday tradition
Peach Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast sounds delicious.
I think the Maple-Thyme Basted Roast Turkey would be perfect for my family.
GOAT CHEESE AND RED PEPPER FRITTATA
I am going to make the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE
I would add the Turkey Falafal Bites to my holiday dinner.
i think my whole family will really enjoy the turkey falafel bites!
I’d like the Maple-Thyme basted turkey – yum!
Id love to try the turkey tourtierre. my mom used to buy one from the store and we had it regularly. i have more time to cook than she did.. i bet its great homemade and id share with her
congrats to the lucky winner
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