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Thanksgiving Round-Up: Top 5 Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving dinnerWant to mix things up this Thanksgiving? We’ve got a few turkey recipes that will help you create a delicious spin on the traditional meal. And not to worry, if you’re looking to stick to the usual big bird, we’ve got that too. Turkey Day aside, these Top 5 Turkey Recipes are fitting for any holiday occasion!

Brined and Roasted Turkey Recipe
The time has come when all of the family gathers around the table for the ultimate holiday meal. You want to make the ultimate turkey. So what do you make? You make this. This is the ultimate turkey. The flavored juice of the brine is infused with garlic, thyme and black peppercorn and the turkey is brushed with a buttery paprika blend. This recipe highly reduces the possibility of Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey Pot Pie

Roasted Turkey and Root Vegetable Pot Pie Napoleon
There’s nothing more comforting than a creamy and delicious savory pie. This meal is a great crowd pleaser and a great way to impress your friends and family at dinner parties. With a name like “Napoleon” in the dish, you can’t go wrong. The buttery golden flaky crust filled with seasoned turkey and roasted vegetables is covered by a decadent veloute sauce. Garnished alongside a citrus vinaigrette arugula salad, serving up this fancy dish will give you a feeling of true accomplishment!

Sear-Roasted Turkey Breasts with a Mustard Cream Pan Sauce Recipe
This Thanksgiving, find ways to jazz up your turkey with Sear-Roasted Turkey Breasts with a Mustard Cream Pan Sauce. The well-browned crust of seared turkey, drizzled with the elegant creamy mustard sauce with salty and tasty pancetta sauce adds a kick of uniquely satisfying flavor in each bite. “Wow!” your friends and family with this simple yet impressive dish!

Turkey Meatballs with Coconut-Mint Chutney Recipe
Impress your guests with these hearty turkey meatballs, brushed with sweet pomegranate molasses and served with a coconut-mint chutney that packs a punch of flavor! The savory sautéed turkey with fresh ginger and chopped jalapeño brings the heat in every bite, alongside the distinct delightful zing of coconut, blended with cilantro, garlic, lime juice and more jalapeno! These meatballs are incredibly addictive and will have your guests spoiling the main meal! Luckily this dish is a very ideal entrée! Serve them up as sliders or add them to spaghetti!

Turkey Sliders

Turkey Sliders – bonus recipe!
Easy to make and fun to eat, our sliders satisfy appetites of all ages and contribute to a great holiday dinner party. Keep the flavors traditional with Cranberry Marmalade or shock your guests with a deliciously refreshing, yet out-of-the-box Slaw Recipe. The best part: If you’re wondering what to do with all that leftover turkey after your Thanksgiving feast, you can still create awesome sliders! These recipes can reinvigorate the driest of turkey leftovers.

Parties That Cook’s Top Pumpkin Recipes

We are always SO excited this time of year. The candy, costumes, turkey-fueled parades, and holiday parties are all wonderful.. But what really pushes us over the edge are all the pumpkin recipes! Sweet, savory, baked, pureed, cakes, lattes – Bring. It. On. We’ve compiled quite the pumpkin recipe library over the years, and it’s about time we shared the wealth. Now presenting, our Top Pumpkin Recipes!

Sweet Pumpkin and Apple Cider Soup with Sage
This recipe can be found in our Soups, Salads & Pasta Section

1 medium sugar pumpkin or butternut squash
6 Tablespoons butter, divided in half
6 Tablespoons brown sugar, divided in half
1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried
8 cups fresh chicken or vegetable stock
1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
4 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 cup apple cider or apple juice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs sage
1 1/2 Tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup crème fraîche
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh sage leaves for garnish

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Roast Pumpkin: Cut pumpkin or squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place in roasting pan, flesh side up. Spread half of the butter and brown sugar among the cavities. Sprinkle with rosemary. Pour 2 cups of stock around pumpkin or squash and cover pan with foil. Roast in preheated oven, stirring once or twice, until squash is soft, about 45 minutes – 1 hour.

Sauté Vegetables: In large stockpot, melt remaining butter. Add onions, carrots, garlic, and apple and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Once the vegetables are soft, add the remaining 6 cups stock, remaining brown sugar, apple cider, ginger, nutmeg, bay leaf, sage, salt and pepper. Cover pot and then bring to a boil. Remove pumpkin or squash from oven, cool slightly then scoop flesh out of skins and add to stockpot. Cook for about 8-10 more.

Puree Soup: Remove bay leaf and sage from soup pot. Working in batches (filling no more than 1/2 full), puree soup in blender on high speed until very smooth and light, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Helpful hint: you may want to hold the lid on with a towel because the soup can spit! Strain soup through fine strainer into second stock pot over medium heat.

Mix Crème Fraîche: Combine crème fraîche with salt. Set aside.

Serve: When all the soup has been pureed, bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Add additional seasoning if necessary. Serve soup in bowls, topped with dollop of crème fraîche and sage.

Serves 16

Extra credit: You’re sure to ace your pumpkin-lover test if you try either of these delicious recipes!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe – We hosted an entire Halloween contest around these bad boys last year. Let me just say, the results were DELICIOUS.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe – Ummm, need I say more?? You’ve got to be crazy (or on a diet) to turn down a winner like this.