Make This Half Roast Turkey Recipe the Centerpiece of Your Thanksgiving!

Make This Half Roast Turkey Recipe the Centerpiece of Your Thanksgiving!

The fall season is upon us! The days are a little cooler, and the trees are beginning to change colours all around us. These are just two of the tell-tale signs that Thanksgiving is on its way! It is one of the holidays many Canadians look forward to, whether it is celebrated with a large group of family and friends, or if it is more of an intimate affair. What is the way most Canadians like to commemorate this annual occasion? With Turkey! Make this Classic Half Roast Turkey Recipe the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving! 

 

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Though turkey is traditionally roasted whole in the oven for this occasion, it is available in so many different cuts at your local grocery store! You can find Canadian turkey sliced, ground, as drumsticks, breasts and even as bacon! If the traditional roast turkey is not what you like to gobble during Thanksgiving, then try one of these other options to make this holiday special for you and start a Thanksgiving tradition with it!

My family loves sitting down to a roasted bird every Thanksgiving. Whether it is just our immediate family or if we are amongst a rafter of family and friends, seeing the golden-brown bird presented to the table is what we anxiously await each year.

Whole Bird How To tips

Some people find tackling this big bird a bit daunting, but Canadian Turkey has shared their foolproof Whole Bird How To tips to get your turkey from store to your Thanksgiving table with ease! Worried about what you will do with your turkey excess? They also give some fabulous hints in their recipe section on how to prepare some tasty turkey leftover dishes your family can enjoy for the rest of the week! If serving a large turkey is not in the cards for your family’s needs, Canadian Turkey also has on hand a large library of scrumptious recipes to enjoy a fantastic feast that works for you!

Below is a recipe for a Classic Half Roast Turkey to get you fired up about this year’s Thanksgiving meal!

 

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Classic Roasted Half Turkey
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 
Servings: 4
Ingredients
For turkey
  • ½ turkey 3-4kg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions
  • 6 large carrots
  • One bunch fresh rosemary
  • 3 large garlic cloves unpeeled
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
For Rub
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tbsp ground rosemary
  • 1/2 tbsp ground thyme
Instructions
  1. If your bird is frozen, place it in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.
  2. Pat the bird dry with paper towels.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Rub both sides of the turkey with olive oil.
  5. Combine all spices to make a rub. Sprinkle generously onto both sides of the bird.
  6. Slice your onions roughly into 1-inch rounds. Peel and wash the carrots.
  7. Pour wine and chicken broth into your roasting pan. Line the bottom with onions, whole carrots, unpeeled garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs. Place the bird on top of all the vegetables, cut side down.
  8. Cook the turkey for 1 ½ - 2 hours until cooked through. Test for doneness with a meat thermometer. Turkey should reach an internal temperature of 170°F (77°C) in the breast and 180°F (82°C) in the thigh.
  9. Remove turkey from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.
  10. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tip:
Here’s an easy and quick way to make some homemade gravy to serve with your bird.
Take your pan drippings and skim all but a few tablespoons of the fat away. Pour into a saucepan.
Unpeel the garlic. Add the garlic and half the cooked onion to the saucepan. Blend with a hand blender.
Combine 1 tbsp corn starch with ½ glass of milk until dissolved. Add to the saucepan.
Stir over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
Lower the heat until mixture thickens and serve in a gravy boat.

 

Want to find fun and unique ways to prepare turkey this Thanksgiving? Pop over to Canadian Turkey’s website to see the recipes they have in store for you to try, savour and make into a #CDNTradition!

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

 

 

 

 

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  2. My favourite turkey meal is the classic roasted turkey with stuffing inside. It is a meal that everyone loves and so much you can do with the leftovers!

  3. I love the recipe for Sweet & Spicy Oven-Fried Turkey Drummettes, it would be great for my family because my daughter loves drumsticks and I’m always looking for new ways to cook them!

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  13. My favourite turkey meal is the just roasted turkey with stuffing inside.
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  14. My favourite turkey to make is a large roast turkey and the reason it provides such a great meal solution for my family is because it continues to feed us for so much longer than just one meal. Everyone loves it out of the oven, even my toddler who doesn’t like most meat, and then we love to make turkey sandwiches for our lunches over the next few days, and after that I love to make a turkey soup for another easy and delicious lunch and dinner option.

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  31. Our favourite turkey meal is roasted turkey with homemade stuffing. It’s a classic and I love it! Leftovers make lunchtime very easy.

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  39. I would totally want to try the Moroccan Spice-Rubbed Turkey Wraps – always so much leftover turkey and this would be perfect for the day after!!!!

  40. We love the Turkey tacos! It’s perfect for the whole family, protein balanced out with veggies and a taco wrap. Everyone is always excited for Turkey taco night, I slice and dice everything, put on the table and everyone does their own! Lots of fun!

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