by Shannon Crocker, RD
Turkey is for any day, not just holidays! If you limit turkey to special occasions, you’ll miss out on all the different ways to enjoy this delicious, nutrient-rich source of protein. Turkey is incredibly versatile and it pairs perfectly with so many cuisines and flavours.
Try these seven delicious recipes which showcase different ways to cook turkey.
Turkey Thighs: Sheet Pan Madras Turkey with Sweet Potato and Cauliflower
Nutrition Neat to Know: Dark meat is even richer in iron, zinc and selenium compared to white meat.
Ground Turkey: Turkey and Black Bean Tacos with Red Onion Salsa
Turkey Sausage: Turkey Sausage and Rapini Pasta
Save time on a busy weeknight by pre-cooking the turkey sausage and rapini and then freezing them. On the day you want to make this dish, thaw the ingredients in the fridge. Cook the pasta just before dinnertime, reheat the turkey and rapini, and combine.
Turkey Breast: Kung Pao Turkey
You already know that turkey breast is great on sandwiches, but there are so many more delicious ways to enjoy it! Turkey breast is totally tasty in this flavour-packed stir-fry, inspired by the popular Chinese takeout dish.
Turkey Wings: Smokey Maple Turkey Wings
If you enjoy wings, you’ll love this smokey maple turkey wings! These turkey wings are baked, not deep-fried, for crispy skin. They make a super snack for family games nights and movie nights too. Serve them with carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese dressing for dipping.
Turkey Drummettes: Sweet and Spicy Oven-Fried Turkey Drummettes
Have you ever cooked turkey drummettes? They’re super-simple to prepare and terrifically tasty, too. These ones are baked in the oven with a sweet and spicy glaze that will make your mouth water. Serve them with a tangy, crunchy slaw and a whole grain or pasta salad.
Make ahead tip: You’ll want to double up this recipe – the drummettes are also tasty cold, so leftovers are perfect for a picnic or packable lunch.
Whole Turkey: Spatchcock Lemon Rosemary Turkey
If a whole roasted turkey is something you reserve just for holidays, this recipe will change your mind! The turkey is cooked on a smoker, which gives it a wonderful flavour. With the leftovers, you can make easy weeknight meals such as sandwiches, salads and soups.
How do you spatchcock a turkey? Basically, you remove the backbone and flatten it. This helps to cook the meat evenly and quickly.
Now you have a few more ideas for cooking turkey any day of the week! If you don’t see the cut of turkey you want at the grocery store, ask at the butcher counter.