Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Thigh Roast for the Holidays #TurkeyTraditions Giveaway

It is never too early to start planning your Christmas dinner. Many items on our table need to be prepared ahead of time so I like to get a jump start on it. Plus I love to get a great deal when shopping. If you have been to the grocery store lately you may have noticed many of the holiday faves sell out quick. So stocking up early is important. Obviously there are some items you can not buy ahead but many you can. Either way, I have no doubt your dinner will be fabulous. In our home we always serve turkey for Christmas dinner. Growing up we would go to my grandparents for a huge family dinner. Then my mom took it over and I would often give her a hand. Now living so far from family, I am the one who hosts. We still have quite a few people here as the kids all attend with their friends and we usually invite another couple. Having everyone bring something like a side or dessert helps make meal prep a bit easier.

This holiday season, let Canadian Turkey help you make delicious food that is easy and healthy to prepare and is sure to wow your guests!  Making memories over a festive meal with family and friends is the greatest way to celebrate the season.  Whether you’re a novice cook, new to feeding a crowd or a seasoned pro in the kitchen, Canadian Turkey can help you create show-stopping dishes and provide you with the tips and tricks you need to create delicious and memorable meals.

Looking for a go-to place to help solve all of your holiday planning needs?  Visit canadianturkey.ca to discover everything you need to plan and cook the perfect entertaining meal.  They have all the tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration you might need.  Their Year-Round Whole Turkey HOW TOs and Turkey Basics videos will provide you with a library of step-by-step information that can help you with easy preparation tips, techniques and instructions that you can use to make a turkey for the first time, or perfect all the details of your holiday meal if you’re an experienced cook.  The Recipes section is packed with amazing recipes for main dishes and appetizers, and you can also find a gold mine of ideas for your holiday leftovers.

Finding meal solutions that will help you easily feed a crowd is the best way to prepare for those holiday get-togethers.  Canadian turkey makes the perfect feature dish for your entertaining menus.  Preparing an amazing classic roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings is time worth taking to create the perfect festive celebration for your many guests.  You can feed a large crowd with a roast turkey as the centerpiece or feed a smaller group with an equally festive spread serving a stuffed breast roast or a variety of turkey cuts with all the traditional trimmings.  In every case, turkey makes the perfect choice.

One of the best things about roasting a whole turkey is having delicious leftovers that are perfect for feeding your family during the week.  It’s like making two meals in one!  There are so many options for making a tasty main meal for your family from turkey leftovers.  Turkey is easy to pair with many different flavours, and works well with many different cuisines.  And don’t forget that the leftover bones make amazing stock or soup!  You can find a delicious new recipe to inspire you, or just substitute turkey for the main protein in your favourite dish.  After all, what busy family doesn’t love an easy bonus meal?

Need more holiday prep ideas?  Read on for some helpful tips!

5 Ways to Get Holiday-Ready with Canadian Turkey:

  1. Save money by purchasing a utility turkey.  Utility turkeys taste the same as Grade A turkeys but may be missing a wing or have a tear in the skin.  Once you carve up your meat your guests will never know the difference!
  2. Get your family excited about this festive Canadian tradition by cooking your turkey using their favourite seasoning or traditional spices.
  3. Save precious cooking time and have more fun entertaining by preparing a meal using turkey parts instead of a whole turkey.  You can customize your meal based on your guests’ preferences by easily serving more dark or white meat, and cut your cooking time in half or less.
  4. Plan to easily feed a large holiday crowd on a budget by serving a whole roasted Canadian turkey.  You can prep your turkey in advance and plan to make all your sides while the turkey is in the oven! Check the Whole Turkey section of the Canadian Turkey website (canadianturkey.ca) where you’ll also find our Whole Bird Calculator to help you determine the perfect size of turkey for your meal.
  5. Bookmark helpful information on canadianturkey.ca with resources like Turkey Basics videos to help you create the perfect roast turkey meal with fool-proof instructions, hints and tips.

Looking for a yummy twist for your turkey dinner this year? Checkout the delicious recipe from Canadian Turkey.

Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Thigh Roast

Serves: 2-4

Prep time: 30 mins.

Cook time: 60 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless Canadian turkey thigh
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup turkey sausage (2 medium sausages)
  • 2 cups finely diced crusty bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped roasted chestnuts
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. pomegranates (I saw these already separated and cleaned, frozen at the store)

For glaze
1. Combine pomegranate juice, sugar and apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Reduce to a low simmer for 45 – 60 minutes until mixture thickens to a glaze and can coat the back of a spoon. Mixture can be made up to 1 week ahead and refrigerated until needed.

For stuffing:
1. Cook sausage over medium heat until cooked through and no longer pink, 8 – 12 minutes, set aside.
2. Add olive oil and onions. Cook over medium heat until onions and browned and caramelized, 8-10 minutes.
3. Cube bread into pieces and soak with milk until absorbed, 10-12 minutes.
4. Combine soaked bread, onion, and sausage together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine with chestnuts, parsley and eggs.  Set aside.

For turkey:
1. Spread out turkey thigh meat skin side down.
2. Trim extra parts and pieces to create a rough rectangle.
3. Season with salt and pepper, and half of the garlic powder and half of the Italian seasoning.

  1. Drizzle glaze generously over the meat.
  2. Spread stuffing mixture over the meat leaving a few inches along the edges free of stuffing. This will make it easier to roll up.
  3. Roll up the turkey and tie with butchers twine.
  4. Season the outside with salt and pepper and the rest of the garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
  5. Sear all sides of the turkey roast over medium heat until browned, 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Drizzle generously with the pomegranate glaze.
  7. Roast at 350°F (177°C) for 45 – 55 minutes until cooked through and a meat thermometer registers 180°F (82°C) in the thickest part of the roast.
  8. Once cooked, let the roast rest for 20 minutes before cutting and serving.
  9. Garnish with pomegranates.

TIP: If you have smaller turkey thighs on hand you can use the same method to make individual roasts.

Due to scheduling we are actually hosting 2 dinners this year and a Christmas eve get-together.  I am thinking this recipe would be a fabulous addition to one of them. I can not wait to see what my guests thing. The colour of the pomegranate makes it so festive too!

Share with us below what you will be cooking for dinner this holiday season!

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Comments

  1. kristen visser says:

    I would love to recreate the Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Thigh Roast dish!! looks so yummy

  2. Judy Cowan says:

    Would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE as part of our holiday tradition this year.

  3. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I would love to try Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    The GRILLED TURKEY BREAST GYROS sounds delicious. We used to eat gyros often whilst in Germany but I’ve never tried it with turkey, I’ll bet it’s delicious.

  5. KittyPride says:

    The turkey falafel bites, yum!

  6. Jennifer P. says:

    I’ll be using the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière recipe – my husband and stepdad will be very appreciative, as with their French Canadian heritage they will be happy to have a new twist on a traditional dish!

  7. Florence Cochrane says:

    I am going to try the ROASTED TURKEY WITH CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING.

  8. Travelbuds says:

    I think I’ll be making the ALL-IN-ONE THANKSGIVING DINNER BOWL the day after our Christmas dinner using the leftovers. Looks delicious.

  9. I would like to add the Gluten-Free Red Quinoa Stuffing with Apples and Walnuts recipe to our holiday dinner.

  10. The recipe for the ASPARAGUS AND SWISS CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY CUTLETS sounds great!

  11. I am going to try the Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey

  12. Maritess S says:

    This year I will be hosting a Christmas brunch with family and friends and would love to add the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière to our table.

  13. Shelley N says:

    I want to do the Maple Thyme Basted Roast Turkey for the holidays -it sounds good

  14. Adding this to my recipe box…looks amazing and so festive!

  15. nicolthepickle says:

    The SPICED THANKSGIVING TURKEY WITH TURKEY CHORIZO STUFFING sounds really good.

  16. perfect for the left over turkey the next day! …All-In-One Thanksgiving Dinner Bowl

  17. sarah alexis says:

    Oh the Turkey Falafel Bites sound amazing!!!! Cant wait to try this one

  18. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would make the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière recipe! I am sure my family would enjoy it

  19. i would try the piri piri turkey i think it would be such a nice different addition

  20. Heather Sibley says:

    I definitely want to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  21. I want make the Maple Thyme Basted Roast Turkey

  22. Debbie White Beattie says:

    The MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY sounds delicious and it’s a great time to try the recipe.

  23. The Tasty Turkey Dinner Bites look like a perfect way to use up some of my leftover turkey.

  24. The Tasty Turkey Dinner Bites are perfect for using some of my leftover turkey,

  25. I’d make the Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey.

  26. I think I’ll be trying the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière this holiday season

  27. Lynda Cook says:

    Would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  28. Tainan Lu says:

    I would love to try Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets

  29. wendy hutton says:

    I would choose the SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST

  30. I’m thinking about Turkey Biryani.

  31. lori galbraith says:

    Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey is what I am choosing to create a new delicious holiday tradition.

  32. Homestyle Turkey Tourtière. thanks

  33. The homestyle turkey toutiere sounds great!

  34. tasty-turkey-dinner-bites

  35. Jennifer Ann Wilson says:

    The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière looks amazing!

  36. I would love to add the t ASPARAGUS AND SWISS CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY CUTLETS to our holiday dinner.

  37. caroline m. says:

    the homestyle turkey tourtière looks delicious

  38. i’m really interested in try the Turkey Tourtière

  39. I want ot give the Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey a try, sounds so good!

  40. Brenda Penton says:

    I would pick the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing. The dressing sounds delicious.

  41. the ROASTED TURKEY WITH CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING sounds like a great new recipe to try.

  42. Anu Chopra says:

    I will be choosing the TURKEY FALAFEL BITES to add to my holiday menu.

  43. I love leeks so much so combining them with turkey and sausage in the turkey sausage and leek stuffing would be amazing. I am not super creative with stuffing so I think if I followed this recipe I could fool everyone into thinking I was a genius. LOL.

  44. Lots of great recipes on the site! I love the basic roast turkey, and also the turkey snack jars! The turkey dinner bites also look great too! Thank you! 🙂

  45. Mary Boudreau says:

    This is my go to – Roasted Turkey with Cornbread Cranberry Stuffing

  46. Janet Meisner says:

    I like the Roasted Turkey with Cornbread Cranberry Stuffing recipe.

  47. I like to try the Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey

  48. Marlene J says:

    I like the TURKEY EGG ROLLS WITH CRANBERRY CHILI DIPPING SAUCE

  49. Tara Betterley says:

    I would like to try the ALL-IN-ONE THANKSGIVING DINNER BOWL on boxing day. What a great way to eat leftovers.

  50. Juliee Fitze says:

    Going to be trying the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING with the turkey this year.

  51. I think I might choose the ASPARAGUS AND SWISS CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY CUTLETS for our holiday dinner.

  52. This is a different take on a glazed turkey! It’s creative, and the pictures show it looks very flavorful. I’d like to try this!

  53. Jeannie Lam says:

    I would definitely try the ROASTED TURKEY WITH CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING.

  54. Get that maple-thyme roasted turkey in my belly immediately! Om nom nom. I’m so hungry now!

  55. I would love to have the turkey tourtierre

  56. Shane smith says:

    we’d definitely try the turkey falafel bites!

  57. I will try the Roasted Turkey with Cornbread Cranberry Stuffing. Thanks

  58. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    My family would like Homestyle Turkey Tourtière and I will make this

  59. The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière looks yummy

  60. One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Orange and Apricots

  61. I’ve bookmarked the recipe for Rustic Colombian Turkey Soup for the days after Christmas!

  62. The Rustic Turkey Soup sounds delicious.

  63. Looks delicious, and so pretty cool! The asparagus and swiss cheese stuffed turkey sounds great too – what a great combination of flavors.

  64. Jenness M says:

    The mushroom leek and turkey sausage stuffing sounds perfect!

  65. Tammy Dalley says:

    The Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets look delicious!

  66. Allie Futterer says:

    I would create Leek and Turkey Sausage!!

  67. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d choose the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière to make!

  68. I wanna make the TURKEY SNACK JARS 3 WAYS with the leftovers

  69. I’ll be making the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière. We always have Tourtiere for Christmas but my mother used a mixture of beef and pork in hers.

  70. ROASTED TURKEY WITH CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING sounds delish!

  71. Andrea Williams says:

    I would like to try the Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey with Turkey Chorizo Stuffing.

  72. Christine w says:

    I like the MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY!

  73. Karla Sceviour says:

    I will be making the OPEN-FACED TURKEY SANDWICHES (USING LEFTOVER TURKEY)

  74. Carole Dube says:

    I will be choosing the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière to serve at my Christmas dinner.

  75. Definitely the Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing!

  76. I’d like to try the Maple-Thyme Basted Roast Turkey

  77. Harvinderks says:

    I would like to try the Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing

  78. Sab Edwards says:

    TURKEY FALAFEL BITES IS THE item I would try out, good luck everyone

  79. I’d like to try the MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY, it sounds delicious.

  80. I would like to make the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE these holidays.

  81. crystal porter says:

    I have been meaning to try the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING.

  82. Heather Nolan says:

    I’d like to adapt the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets.

  83. Heather Swanson says:

    Maple thyme basted turkey

  84. I would love the ROASTED TURKEY WITH CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING for a holiday meal.

  85. Debra Hawkins says:

    I am all about glazes for turkey! It makes it so much more tender and moist! Love it!

  86. erin mcsweeney says:

    totally would make the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING looks delicious

  87. I’ve never had Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Thigh Roast before, but that sure would be a great addition to any gathering. Looks so good!

  88. I would love to try the ONE PAN TURKEY PILAF WITH OLIVES, ORANGE AND APRICOTS! Looks delicious and healthy!

  89. Wow, this looks so amazing! I’ll have to try making this soon.

  90. The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière with it’s gorgeous, flaky crust would make such a unique new accompaniment to our holiday table!

  91. Caryn Coates says:

    The Turkey Falafel Bites sound amazing. I will try making these perhaps for the holiday season

  92. Angela September Smith says:

    oooh the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets

  93. I would like to use the MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY to create my holiday dinner.

  94. I would love to give the Turkey Falafel Bites a try.

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