Festive Favorites: Holiday Turkey Recipes for Every Occasion
It’s the holiday season, have you finalized your menu? Don’t stress, there’s a turkey option for every occasion this winter. Whether you’re planning a smaller gathering, a holiday feast or scrambling to make use of those leftovers, we’ve got you covered. Even more reason to serve turkey over the season of giving. Once your guests try a bite, you’ll be surprised how quickly you’re roped into preparing the holiday meal next year and beyond.
The Smaller Gathering
Planning a holiday dinner party? Maybe the relatives are on their way from out of town and you’d like to prepare something that imparts your love and excitement to see them. Look no further than these cozy, comforting dishes to make your time together special.
All your holiday favorites rolled up perfectly into each bite. This Turkey Rollatini was created by recipe partner Nick Evans, Macheesmo to provide a beautiful centerpiece for your dinner party or add a little extra protein to a larger spread. A savory Italian sausage and cornbread stuffing add layers of flavor and texture to this dish. Simply stuff, roll and bake for 80-90 minutes until tender, flavorful results land on your table.
A dish that will wow your guests is sure to bring holiday cheer to your gathering. Enter Turkey Marsala by recipe partner Katie Workman, The Mom 100. A creamy mushroom pan sauce is the secret to this recipe’s wow factor. Red wine, shallots, garlic and cream come together to make a thick and delicious sauce your guests will not soon forget.
The Holiday Feast
The holidays are here. When planning a grand spread for family and friends, don’t forget the turkey. Nothing turns heads like a beautifully roasted turkey at the center of your spread. Need some help carving that bad boy? Don’t fret, there’s a page for that!
Another stand-out recipe from Katie Workman, The Mom 100. This Cajun Roasted Turkey is all you need to light up the dining room. Packed with flavor from a scratch-made Cajun compound butter, this turkey is as juicy as it is tasty. Your guests may pick up a Cajun accent for the day, “geaux turkeys!”
Looking to save some room in the oven? Bring your bird to the smoker and avoid any potential headaches in the kitchen with this Honey Glazed Smoked Turkey Breast. A guaranteed showstopper, if you can believe it, this dish tastes as good as it looks. Recipe partner Justin McChesney-Wachs, of Salt Pepper Skillet, created this sweet and savory dish for special occasions like the holidays. Treat your guests to smoked turkey while staying out of the kitchen this season.
The feast has finished, and dishes have been washed and returned to their cupboards. Wondering how you’ll use up all that leftover turkey? We’ve got you covered. There are numerous ways to use up your leftovers or freeze them to use another day. Here are two of the best ways to get those leftovers out of the fridge and into your meal planning.
Yet another submission from holiday recipe pro, Katie Workman. A rich gravy and flaky crust set this recipe apart. Pot pie is the quintessential comfort food, and this recipe is nothing short of greatness. Leftover turkey takes on moisture and flavor in bubbling gravy while the crust browns to perfection over top.
Perfect for any occasion, this BBQ Turkey Pizza is the right choice for kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t like the sweet and smoky flavor of BBQ sauce? Especially when there’s turkey in the mix! This recipe is quick, easy and keeps the cook time to a minimum. Turn up the heat by adding some diced fresh or pickled jalapenos (depending on how hot you like it)!
With these recipes in your back pocket, your holiday gatherings are sure to go off without a hitch! Need more go-to turkey tips and tricks? Check out these resources on other favorites like stuffing and gravy.