I’ve always enjoyed cooking full turkey dinners, but I will maybe do one per year. During the holiday seasons, we typically go our family member’s homes for the big dinners, but this past year has been very different, for obvious reasons. Due to lockdowns and it being just the two of us, I decided to change things up a bit with our turkey dinners. Typically, I get a whole turkey, fresh or frozen (if frozen, I make sure to defrost it prior to cooking), stuff it with my mom’s traditional stuffing recipe and make delicious gravy with the drippings from the bird. I’ve never cooked a turkey from frozen, or used a pre-flavoured or stuffed turkey.
Easter 2020 – Butterball Frozen Whole Turkey
Ok no experimenting here – traditional turkey dinner. Defrosted prior to cooking, stuffed whole turkey with all the fixing. Doesn’t matter, it was still delicious!
Thanksgiving 2020 – Pinty’s Heritage Recipe Whole Turkey
I was at Sobey’s right before Thanksgiving and saw the Pinty’s flavour infused frozen turkeys. Full disclosure here, I actually though we got the Bourbon & Butter flavoured turkey (the main reason we decided to try it) and realized when we got home, we grabbed the wrong one. None the less, the Heritage Recipe was delicious! For my first cook from frozen turkey experience, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease this cook from frozen business is. You put your turkey in the oven for 3 hours, check the temp and cook an additional 1-2 hours. This is when I started the basting process every 30-45 minutes. The meat was so flavourful and moist. You get a good amount of drippings to make your gravy which adds to the flavour due to being infused. Only downfall is that since it is cook from frozen, you can’t stuff your bird.
Christmas 2020 – Pinty’s Bourbon & Butter Flavoured Whole Turkey
Since we really enjoyed the Pinty’s Heritage Recipe Turkey, we decided to do it again for Christmas, making sure we got the Bourbon & Butter Flavoured turkey. Cooking was the same process as the Heritage Recipe. I will admit that I did not get as much bourbon flavour as I would have liked. Perhaps pairing it with a bourbon gravy would have enhanced the flavour profile I was looking for. Out of the two we’ve tried, the Heritage Recipe was my favourite. I have seen on the Pinty’s website there is a maple flavoured and sweet & smoked flavoured. If I see those in store, I’ll will definitely give them a go.
Easter 2021 – Butterball Boneless Stuffed Turkey Breast
I saw this frozen stuffed turkey breast and was intrigued, so instead of cooking a whole turkey for Easter this year, we opted for a frozen stuffed turkey breast. I must say, this was so easy! Cook from frozen, in the oven for 3.5 – 4 hours, and the main event is done. As much as I love a whole turkey, this turkey breast was easy to slice and there’s no need to worry about deboning after your meal. The stuffing was your traditional stuffing, which tasted good, the meat was juicy, and could easily feed 4 – 5 people. The only thing you miss from a whole turkey is the lack of juices for the gravy. Since it’s the breast meat, you don’t get any drippings for gravy, but you can make your own with pre-made broth or store bought gravy. Overall, this was a huge winner and I may just purchase another one next time at the store keep in the freezer for a weekend meal.