Turkey Dinner and My Flavour of Home

Turkey dinner is a classic. Roasting a turkey, the flavour of home plus a few additional tips for a perfect turkey from The Bewitchin' Kitchen.

Everyone has a flavour of home, in which certain foods can transport people back to the comfort of home. The flavor and aroma of these special dishes can bring back special moments and memories from their lives.  Mine just happens to be turkey dinner.

76% of Canadians find comfort in certain foods when are away from home, and the vast majority (70%) say just one taste of their mother’s cooking brings back happy memories from childhood.

Turkey dinner is especially near and dear to my heart. Whenever I catch of a whiff of turkey roasting in the oven, I’m transported to Christmas Eve with my family at my Grandma’s. The smell of a turkey roasting always makes me remember the first moments of walking in the door and being greeted by the comfort of food.

Turkey dinner is a classic. Roasting a turkey, the flavour of home plus a few additional tips for a perfect turkey from The Bewitchin' Kitchen.

Fast forward a few years, and those memories are passed on to my mom making turkey for most family special occasions: Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving. It’s like I’m there, picking at pieces of turkey while the rest of dinner is being prepared (I’m the person who hangs around the kitchen that most cooks hate).

Fun fact: 59% of Canadians say the best recipe in the world is one that Mom used to make.

Now that I’ve grown up and have a family of my own, I’m honoured to bear the torch and create flavours of home for my own son. I hope that over the years of preparing family turkey dinners that the comforting memories of home will be there for him in his times of needed comfort. That whenever he smells this special meal being prepared and that he can share those memories with his family one day.

Creating the flavour of home with the perfect turkey dinner. Some additional tips for roasting the perfect turkey. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Turkey Dinner and My Own Spin:

  • I don’t stuff my turkey. This is mostly because my husband doesn’t like it stuffed, so instead of stuffing I usually add half an onion. This makes the gravy incredibly flavourful.
  • I place sage, rosemary, cloves of garlic, and a few pats of butter under the skin.
  • Lastly, I rub the turkey with salt and pepper and some extra herbs.
  • I first put it in the oven at 350F, un covered. After a half hour, I turn the temperature to 325 and cover it. I then cook until it’s almost to temperature. Then I uncover it again and let it crisp.
  • When the juices run clear and it’s a minimum 165, it’s done.

It’s nothing special and out of this world, but it’s something that I like to do to make this turkey dinner my own. I hope that these extra steps will specify my turkey from others for my son’s flavour of home.

Turkey dinner is a classic. Roasting a turkey, the flavour of home plus a few additional tips for a perfect turkey from The Bewitchin' Kitchen.

Another thing I love about the memory of turkey dinner?

The dessert…

Black Forest Cake is the perfect dessert to end a beautiful turkey dinner. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

As previously mentioned, flavour is incredibly powerful. Just how powerful? Watch this video that Knorr has put together and see. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it (just be sure to grab a few tissues first).

If you’re planning on cooking up this turkey vegetable soup after a turkey dinner but you’re not sure where to start, check out this guide to How To Cook a Turkey Like a Boss.

How to cook a turkey like a boss. Step by step instructions on how to make the best turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner or just because.

What’s your flavour of home?

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30 comments on “Turkey Dinner and My Flavour of Home”

  1. My mom’s meat pies… Every Christmas she makes these French-Canadian tourtieres full of meat and potatoes. It’s a taste that means holiday to me. I really should get the recipe off of her. It just occurred to me I’ve never asked her for it, crazy, right?

  2. Shepherd’s Pie and “Macaroni Surprise” (my dad’s speciality) always make me think of home 🙂

  3. Confession time….. I have never made a turkey dinner! I LOVE turkey but leave the cooking up to my mom or in-laws. This looks so good, it is making me excited for Easter dinner this weekend.

  4. No stuffing! Say it ain’t so! Stuffing is my absolute favourite comfort food and I love it in turkey, chicken, and even a cranberry stuffing in whole salmon. SO delicious!

  5. Mmmmm that turkey sounds delicious! I really like the idea of stuffing it with the onion. I bet that makes it so flavourful!

  6. Cooking my own turkey for the first time was the hardest ‘adult’ thing I had to do. 🙂 And actually I love the smell of it but not the taste. We don’t do stuffing either – it kind of grosses me out – but instead cook dressing on the side. Love this!

    • I am the same way. I love the smell, but I’m not a huge fan of the actual dinner. I’m more a fan of the dessert to follow.

  7. Here in the U.S. we have big turkey dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always stuff my bird. Your recipe sounds pretty good.

  8. Your recipe sounds delicious! I always do our stuffing separate of the bird. There are many dishes my grandmother made that remind me of home anytime I have them. It’s amazing how flavors can bring back memories.

  9. this looks so yummy! i have never had turkey for easter!

  10. I bought a turkey breast for Easter. Hubby is a vegetarian and the kids don’t really eat turkey, so it would have been silly to buy a whole turkey. I wanted some turkey for Easter tho. I will definitely try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  11. My mom’s cabbage rolls. There’s no other like them and nothing even comes close.

  12. LOL. My mom’s definitely doesn’t win! 🙂 A cook she wasn’t.

  13. I love Turkey dinner. It is a staple in our home. I like the idea of onion stuffing

  14. While I do enjoy a nice turkey dinner and I more partial to just plain ole chicken! Now that dessert would do me just fine. 🙂

  15. A yummy turkey dinner like this also reminds me of Home. We didn’t have such a fancy dessert, though, but would indulge in ice cream or my Granny’s assortment of squares

  16. Turkey is my favourite protein and thanks for sharing your inspirations!

  17. This looks great!
    Thanks for sharing it on Share the Wealth Sunday.

  18. Mmmh, I like a good turkey dinner too, although my very favourite part is the sandwiches the next day. Bread is a huge part of comfort food for me. The toppings are optional.

  19. Always enjoy seeing your posts Randa and thanks for sharing with the Say G’day Party! Pinned and hope to see you on Saturday!

  20. What a treat that would be to have turkey outside of the holiday season. Thanks for the inspiration. Both my parents were excellent cooks — I have so many childhood meal memories. One of my favorite things my mom made was just basic tacos. I think it was the love she put into the meal that makes it stand out for me. And my dad loved to cook on the weekends — big pots of “Hudiburgh” Soup (my maiden name). I’ll have to try to recreate that one of these days. Thanks for sharing your post at the Inspire Me Mondays Link-Up. It was great having you with us!

  21. My parents always made a turkey dinner together. It was definitely a taste of home I savor and cherish. I always have a taste of home when it comes to chocolate cupcakes.

  22. It makes me so happy to hear that adults remember their parents good. I love to cook and cook for my family all the time. I always hope they’ll appreciate it when they’re older! Thanks for linking up at MeetUp Monday!
    –Krista
    http://www.thequinntessentialmommy.com

  23. I could just eat this right now! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party 🙂

  24. Yummmm, I love a good turkey dinner, just wished my hubby did as well, he doesn’t like turkey, which is a bummer

  25. My mom’s chicken and dumplings is a favourite dish of mine.

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