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Savour the Holidays with a Festive Carved Turkey Recipe

Whether it is a grand celebration with family and friends or a quaint and quiet one you are having this year, a meal is something everyone likes to sit down to during the holidays. Not sure what to serve for your holiday meal? Canadian Turkey has plenty of ideas to help make your meal for the holidays no matter how many people are tucked in around the table. Canadian Turkey has shared this “Make it Faster” Festive Carved Turkey recipe that will shorten the amount of time you spend in the kitchen.

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If a sit-down celebration is what you had in mind for the holidays, Canadian Turkey has you covered! They know that a holiday meal can take a lot of planning and preparation to pull off a delicious meal while having time to take care of other details for the day.

The holiday season is on its way! The countdown effectively on and it is time to start planning for this special time of the year.  Some of these items may be on your holiday checklists:

  • Home decorations
  • Tree trimming
  • Gift buying and wrapping
  • Party planning
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Looking for fun and festive appetizers to serve at your holiday parties this year? Canadian Turkey has a bevy of recipes to get your celebration off to a fabulous start! Want to spice things up? Take a look at these chic Bacon Wrapped Turkey Bites with Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce. For a comfy and cozy affair, try out these Turkey Tartlets with Cranberry Salsa or pop these Potato-Topped Turkey Meatloaf Bites. Give guests a bit variety by serving them these turkey Bombas and a Trio of Dips! Any of these tasty bites are sure to make your gathering festive and fun!

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“Make it Faster” Festive Carved Turkey recipe

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“Make it Faster” Festive Carved Turkey

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Canadian Turkey has shared this “Make it Faster” Festive Carved Turkey recipe that will shorten the amount of time you spend in the kitchen.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 10
Calories 420 kcal


  • 1 cup roughly chopped carrots
  • 1 cup roughly chopped celery
  • 1 cup roughly chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 turkey broken down into parts OR 2 large legs 2 large thighs and 2 large bone-in breasts
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup broth
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp each of paprika thyme, sage, oregano and garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to season
  • fresh rosemary and thyme optional


  • Set your oven to 425F.
  • Place your carrots, celery, onions and garlic in a large roasting pan.
  • Dress with olive oil and a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Pat the turkey parts dry with a paper towel.
  • Combine dry spices to make a rub.
  • Sprinkle generously on both sides of the turkey parts.
  • Spread your turkey parts skin side up around the pan.
  • Make sure to leave room between the pieces to allow heat to circulate.
  • If using any fresh herbs, tuck in around the parts.
  • Add the broth and white wine.
  • Roast turkey for 30 minutes at 425F.
  • Lower heat to 350F and cook for an additional 1- 1½ hours until an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 170F.
  • Remove from heat and tent for thirty minutes before carving.


• Tuck garlic under turkey parts to ensure they don’t burn.
• Get your local butcher to break down your turkey for you. This is an economical way to use a whole bird for parts, with no extra work for you!
• Make sure to get the carcass, neck and wings from your butcher to make a rich and tasty turkey stock.
• If your local grocer doesn’t have a butcher on site, you can use turkey parts for this recipe.
Make sure to stock up on extra dark or white meat, depending on what your family prefers.
• Make a quick gravy: Pour off pan juices and let sit for 2-3 minutes until fat rises to the top. Skim off fat. Blend together remaining pan juices and vegetables to make a delicious gravy. Add a ½ – ¾ cup of broth or milk, 2 tbsps of cornstarch and heat until thickened to desired consistency.


Calories: 420kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 57gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 410mgPotassium: 695mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2393IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 2mg
Keyword carved turkey, Holiday turkey, turkey, Turkey recipe
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Not only is this recipe a time-saver, it is can also help to keep some coin in your pocket! This One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Orange and Apricots Recipe can be a perfect centerpiece of your holiday festivities.

Is this your first year preparing the “Big Bird?”  Canadian Turkey can give you a hand here, as well! They have a WHOLE BIRD HOW TO page that shares tips and tricks for cooking your turkey from store to table.

Whether it is appetizers, a small meal or a meal you are thinking about creating for the holidays, Canadian Turkey has you covered! They have amazing ideas to add turkey to your festivities this year that will please anyone who tastes them. Take a look and see how Canadian Turkey can make your holiday celebrations festive, merry, and deliciously memorable!

For more information about Canadian Turkey, you can connect with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube pages!

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