October brings a holiday many Canadians love: Thanksgiving! It is a time of year loved ones gather together to gobble up family favourite meals. It is only fitting that this month of the year is also Canadian Turkey Month. This means enjoying turkey on planned weeknight dinners, weekend family nights, or to wow special friends at a get-together. Canadian turkey can easily be the star of any meal. Canadian Turkey wants to share this tasty and amazing One-Skillet Turkey, Mushrooms and Polenta Cakes recipe to cook and serve throughout October!
Gobble Up Canadian Turkey Month with Canadian Turkey
Tasty Thanksgiving ideas
With Thanksgiving just weeks away, Canadians are getting ready to get together to celebrate this holiday. Memorable meals make this day extra special. Whether this will be your first holiday hosting or if the kitchen is your domain, let Canadian Turkey help you create a show-stopping Thanksgiving celebration.
Are you a novice at roasting a whole turkey? Don’t fret! Canadian Turkey has your back by making it easy to do with their Turkey Basics Whole Turkey How-Tos. These step-by-step videos explain the basics to help you masterfully prepare a perfect Thanksgiving roast your loved ones will gobble up. These how-to tips and easy-to-follow directions will surprise you at how simple it is to create a special celebration meal.
Canadians love roasting a big bird. One great thing about making a large turkey is having a lot of leftover meat to make meals over the next few days. With a bit of planning, you can prep shredded, cubed, or sliced turkey and store it in the freezer. These extra bits can be used as helpful for a healthy meal.
Parents can benefit from having these leftovers on hand. They can be used in soups, salads, pastas, wraps, casseroles, sandwiches, and more! When you meal plan, there are endless ways to gobble up these power protein packs! These leftovers are perfect to use to substitute in your favourite recipes. Not sure what to do with leftover turkey? Hop over to Canadian Turkey’s website! They have a selection of delicious recipes for meal inspiration you can use in everyday meals!
Never meal planned before?
Meal planning for a week for your family may seem daunting, but once it is done, meals for a busy week become a breeze to prepare. Would you like some tips to help you get started? Here is a Use Your Turkey Leftovers and ten tips and to Quick-Start Weekday Meals printable Canadian Turkey shared to give you some inspiration!
10 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TURKEY LEFTOVERS
1. To plan for leftovers, order a turkey that is several pounds bigger than what you need. That way you can be sure to cook once and eat twice, with leftover turkey to spare for additional meals once everyone has had their fill.
2. Plan for leftovers by allocating 1½ – 2 pounds of turkey per person. This will give you ½ to 1 pound of extra turkey for each person at your table.
3. Make sure you pack your leftovers within 2 hours after cooking to maintain the quality and safety of the food.
4. Save and freeze the turkey carcass and bones, too. Use these to make a delicious turkey stock that can easily be frozen for use in soups, sauces, gravies and mashed potatoes.
5. Freeze any leftover gravy in muffin tins or ice cube trays. Once frozen, store in a zip top bag or air tight container and use as needed.
More delicious turkey leftover ideas!
6. Leftover turkey freezes well, so make sure you fill your freezer! Wrap your turkey leftovers in plastic to avoid freezer burn and you’ll have ready portions on hand. Visit www.canadianturkey.ca for recipe inspiration and make salads, soups, pastas or casseroles in a snap!
7. Store your leftovers properly for best results. Shred your turkey or cut it up into slices or cubes and freeze in convenient 1lb meal base portions that are ready to use right from the freezer. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for a quick start to weekday meals.
8. Divide your leftovers into dark and white turkey portions before freezing so it will be easy to choose what works best in your recipes.
9. Make a list of your favourite leftover turkey recipes. Add to that list so when the holiday season comes around every year you will have a head start with a selection of go-to recipes on hand.
10. Stock up on air-tight, leak-proof containers or plastic bags for your leftovers or prepared meals so you’re ready to size up your meals any time.
A recipe to gobble up with your family
Would you like to have a new recipe to gobble up and share with your family this fall? This One-Skillet Turkey, Mushrooms and Polenta Cakes with Sun-dried Tomato Dressing recipe is a great one to put together and dish up!
One-Skillet Turkey with Mushrooms and Polenta Cakes and Sun-dried Tomato Dressing Recipe
- 2 cups leftover cooked turkey meat
- 1 500 gr tube pre-made polenta
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups assorted mushrooms
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 12 medium sized basil leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp sundried tomato pesto
- 2 tbsp greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp water
- Slice polenta into 3/4 inch rounds. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet and sear polenta over medium heat until gently browned. Remove from the pan.
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Sauté mushrooms until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from pan.
- Add tomatoes to the skillet. Sear over high heat for 3-5 minutes.
- Lower heat. Add turkey and cook until gently warmed, add the mushrooms and mix until warm, 1-2 minutes.
- To serve, plate each dish with 2-3 polenta cakes. Top with mushrooms, turkey and tomatoes.
- Drizzle with sundried tomato dressing and sprinkle with fresh basil.
- Serve immediately.
TIP: This dish makes a fabulous lunch the next day. You can also replace the polenta with rice or pasta.
More turkey inspiration
Are you still hungry for more additional tips, recipes, Turkey Basics videos, and HOT TOs? Visit canadianturkey.ca to find more cooking ideas to gobble up! Canadian Turkey makes your Thanksgiving easy with fabulous recipe ideas and turkey prep tips! The year-round whole turkey HOW-TOs section will give you a hand to create a whole Canadian turkey for your loved ones any time of the year. The Recipes section is brimming with yummy recipes for whole turkey, turkey cuts, and leftovers to help you serve delicious, nutritious, and versatile turkey every day!
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