Turkey By Numbers
Contributed by: News Canada
Create a Stylish Thanksgiving for Any Size Party
(NC) - It's easy to impress your guests for Thanksgiving whether your gathering is small and intimate or a family feast. Just choose the right Butterball turkey for the number of guests you're entertaining, add a few styling tricks, and you'll have a Thanksgiving dinner to remember.
Dinner for Two
Set up an intimate dinner for two at one end of the dining room table. Reserve the rest of the table to create a romantic ambience by filling a large tray with votive candles for a dazzling display of candlelight. For dinner, choose either the Butterball Boneless Turkey Breast or Boneless Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast, which are easy to make and the ideal size for two. If you don't want to forego dark meat, there's also a Butterball Boneless Light and Dark Turkey Roast available. Prepare light vegetarian-style side dishes with foods like bok choy, green beans, honey-glazed carrots or curried pumpkin to complete the meal.
Family of Four
Host a lunchtime or dinner gathering in the hub of the home - the kitchen. Start things off by preparing a Butterball Turkey Breast with Bone or Stuffed Turkey Breast with Bone, which can be cooked from frozen and are the perfect size for a family meal. Spice things up by choosing a food theme, such as maple syrup, lemon or pomegranates, where each dish you prepare contains your theme ingredient. Create a lemon glaze to pour over the turkey in its final minutes of cooking or adorn the serving platter with lemon slices or pomegranates. Take inspiration from the ingredients in the stuffing as well: roasted onions, celery, bay leaves and peppercorns are beautiful accessories for the serving platter.
Party of Eight or More
The stress-free way to host a larger party is to make it buffet-style - you'll have more time to enjoy your own party, and it's still an elegant way to serve your guests. Set up the buffet in the kitchen and use the dining room as the eating area. Decorate the buffet table with a seasonal colour theme, like red and pink. For example, choose a rich, red tablecloth, and place different shades of pink on the table, from soft pink napkins to rose colored beaded napkin holders. Scatter pink and red votive candles down the middle of the table and add a series of small vases filled with pink and red roses. Go all out with a Butterball Frozen Whole Turkey or Stuffed Whole Turkey, which come in a range of sizes. Or for added convenience, choose the Butterball Roast 'n Slice Boneless Stuffed Turkey, which is a cinch to carve - perfect for a buffet spread.