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Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe

Are you looking for some new options to add to your spring meals? Why not add turkey into the mix? Not sure how? Canadian Turkey has plenty of options to add some new flavours to your meals including this Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe!

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Photo courtesy of Canadian Turkey.ca; Crispy Roast Turkey on a platter with vegetables on an Easter-themed table

The temperature is rising. The flowers are budding. The snow is all but gone on the ground. These are three great signs that spring has arrived! With the change in season come a switch in the types we want to serve. Warm and comfort foods are going to make way for lighter, fresher options.

Most people think that turkey is only to be enjoyed during the cooler months of the year. Did you know that there are different ways to serve this versatile bird to create light and fresh dishes? Turkey is considered to be a protein that is packed with power. It contains about 30 grams of protein per every 100-gram serving. It is also lean and full of nutrients, so it is also a healthier option to choose!

Having the gang over for Easter?

Thinking about what to serve for Easter dinner? Turkey would be a great option to make. Planning to have a large group over to celebrate the holiday? Cooking a whole turkey would be a great way to serve a gaggle of people without much effort. All that has to be is to prep your bird, season it, then let your oven work it’s magic to complete the job. Enjoying leftover turkey for the next few days is always idea! It freezes easily and can be used in a variety of your favourite recipes. It is a fabulous choice to add to your make-ahead meals to make weekday meal planning for your family a breeze.

If you do decide to make a whole turkey for your Eater celebrations, Canadian Turkey has an eye-catching Crispy Roast Turkey recipe for you to try!

Crispy Roast Turkey recipe

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Photo courtesy of Canadian Turkey.ca; Crispy Roast Turkey on a platter with vegetables on an Easter-themed table.

Extra Crispy Roast Turkey

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Prep Time 1 day
Servings 8


  • 12 – 14 lbs. turkey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp dry ground sage
  • 1 ½ tsp dry ground thyme
  • 2 tbsp butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped onions
  • 1 cup turkey broth


  • Defrost the turkey according to package instructions or visit canadianturkey.ca/ for proper thawing instructions and tips.
  • Make sure the giblets have been removed.
  • At least 12, and up to 24 hours before cooking, air-chill your turkey in the refrigerator. Air chilling will dry out the skin of the bird, making the skin extra crispy when cooked. To air chill your turkey, place the bird on a baking sheet or baking pan large enough to hold the bird. Make sure the pan is deep enough to catch any drips or liquid. Place the turkey on a baking rack in the pan, so that air can circulate completely around the bird.
  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC).
  • Once the turkey is ready to roast, spread the butter evenly over the breast.
  • Season the bird, inside and out, with the salt, pepper, olive oil and the herbs.
  • Stuff the cavity with the celery, carrots and onions.
  • Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Roast for 3 ½ – 4 ½ hours or until the juices run clear and an instant thermometer reads 170°F (77°C) in the breast and 180°F (82°C) in the thigh when inserted into the thickest part of the meat. For more information on cooking times, visit canadianturley.ca.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Discard vegetables from the cavity and carve the turkey.


Cooking times are for planning purposes only – always use a digital meat thermometer to determine doneness.
TIP: To create an extra juicy turkey breast, take an additional 2 tbsp of softened butter and spread generously under the skin and all over the breast before cooking.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

What about a meal for a smaller or more intimate group?

Not having a Want to cut your cooking time in half? You are able to buy an array of turkey parts such as thighs, breast, and drumsticks that take less time to prepare than a whole bird. This idea will also dazzle your family and friends you will be able to beautifully present the cuts of turkey you want without having to carve it. This option also works if you are planning a smaller, more intimate affair. You can buy just enough for your small group so nothing goes to waste.

Turkey is great for holidays, but what about an everyday meal?

Ok, Easter is over. How can turkey be used to lighten up everyday meals? Canadian Turkey has so many options to make a ho-hum meal into a fresh and delicious one.  There are recipes for soups, salads and main entrees that are sure to please those tucking into your table!

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Excited to see other terrific turkey dishes you can prepare using Canadian Turkey? Take a look the Canadian Turkey website, or connect with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest pages!

Disclosure: I was generously compensated to share these fabulous ideas in this post by Canadian Turkey.



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  1. I think I will lighten my spring meals by using ground turkey breast to make burgers. The Apple-Cheddar Turkey Burgers sound yummy.

  2. I love turkey and could use it to lighten any meal, in sandwiches, in a stir fry, as pulled turkey, turkey soup etc etc. I especially like the idea of their PEACH GLAZED ROASTED TURKEY BREAST and the SLOW COOKER TURKEY BREAST ideal for those who are out working all day.

  3. I would like to make the ONE POT FRENCH FARMHOUSE TURKEY BRAISE. I think this would be awesome in the crock pot..

  4. I would use turkey to lighten up spring meals by using it in a salad! The Turkey Club and Turkey Cobb salads look perfect for spring!

  5. The CALI FRESH TURKEY BOWL looks like a good way to lighten spring meals — especially once the spinach and kale are ready to pick from the garden!

  6. I seriously love the taste of turkey and we cook it all through the year, enjoy doing it in a turkey fryer during summer.
    and I love shopping at HBC 🙂

  7. I want to lighten my meals by using ground turkey. It’s lean and healthy. I would like to try making the Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca.

  8. I would love to try their recipe for turkey eggplant Parmesan. It sounds like a delicious way to lighten up and change up our meals!!

  9. I would use Turkey as a substitute for many chicken dishes (like my Mexican Chicken Soup recipe) or I would use ground turkey as a substitute for beef meatloaf or meatballs… Its a healthier option and quite delicious!

  10. I would lighten up my spring time meals by using ground turkey in place of ground beef -lower fat, lighter taste. The turkey spring carbonara looks particularly yummy since it has asparagus in it.

  11. I would definitely use turkey to lighten my spring meals, especially by incorporating it into my salads. The Smoky Citrus Turkey Taco salad looks amazing, and so does the Turkey, Apple and Kale Grain salad!

  12. we’ve switched from ground beef to turkey for all our tomato sauces, chilis and tacos! and it’s delicious!

  13. We’ve been stocking up on Canadian Turkey because it’s so much easier to roast/bbq & reheat through the spring/summer rather than use the oven every night for either heat or lack of time reasons… dishes like SPRING VEGGIE, HERB PESTO AND TURKEY PASTA are a delicious option!

  14. I know my family would love OVEN-BAKED TURKEY EGGPLANT PARMESAN! That would be a great addition to our menu that would lighten our spring meals!

  15. I’d love to make ground turkey burgers instead of beef for a lower fat option and for a change! Thanks for the chance to win!


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