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Time for some Thanksgiving Recipe Inspiration from G.A.P.

Fall is here and you know what that means — the holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re prepping for Canadian Thanksgiving in October, American Thanksgiving in November, or a holiday get-together in December, we figured you could use some new recipes to add to your archives. The G.A.P. Team has done all of the homework for you, and here are our detailed notes for you to copy. (Don’t worry – we won’t tell the teacher.) All we ask is that you look for the G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified label when you shop for your meats and meat products. Every G.A.P.-labeled purchase you make helps impact the lives of farm animals and helps G.A.P. bring more producers into the program who are committed to changing the way our food is raised. Thank you for your continued support.

Canadian Thanksgiving

We wish all of our Canadian fans celebrating Thanksgiving a beautiful fall day filled with changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin patch visits, and family time. We’ve hunted down some traditional Thanksgiving Recipes in the section below if you’re ready to host a big gathering with a turkey as the star and lots of accompanying side dishes. But if you’re in more of a non-traditional mood just looking for a nice family meal without turkey, we’ve got you covered as well. Especially if you have young kids, remember that enjoying a meal around a table with family and friends is what matters most – not that you’re a Michelin-Star chef. We hope this recipe round-up helps you strike a nice balance between what you envision for your table with what you have time for. Either way, give thanks on this day and reflect upon that for which you are grateful.

Pork and Chicken Recipe Ideas (mouth-watering photos below):

Pork Loin with Braised Mushrooms & Wine

Whole Roasted Chicken

Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables

American Thanksgiving

If you’re gearing up for a traditional feast with turkey as the centerpiece, we have some delicious recipe ideas below. Since it’s the star of the show, spend some extra care in the prep and seasoning and you’ll score big. (And, let’s be honest, gravy is almost as important as the turkey.) Below you’ll find links for a basic herb roasted turkey, brined turkey, turkey breasts, and turkey legs. Check out the finished product photos below.
Traditional Turkey Recipe Ideas:
If you’re a last-minute kinda person, we also have a recipe for cooking your turkey in an hour. (Yes, you read that correctly.) It requires breaking it down and roasting it in the oven. If you are looking to save some money this season, we love this recipe for ground turkey Thanksgiving Dinner Meatballs. Serve them on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and you’ll be the Thanksgiving Hero. Lastly, if you are just plain tired of turkey the traditional way, purchase a boneless turkey breast, pound it, and stuff it with fontina cheese and sage – that’s our Turkey Roulade recipe below. Delicious photos are there for inspiration too!
Other Turkey Recipe Links:

Don’t forget the Sides!

A Thanksgiving recipe blog wouldn’t be complete without some suggestions for the unsung heroes of the dinner experience – the sides! We have lots of new twists on traditional favorites with beautiful photos that will definitely make you hungry for Thanksgiving dinner – right now. Note: these sides are also very budget-friendly so you’ll have plenty to go around if you’re feeding your extended family and friends.
Side Recipe Links:

Helpful Tips & Tricks

As you plan your meal, here are a few tips to keep in mind…

  1. Allow time to thaw. If you’re purchasing a frozen whole turkey for your meal, make sure you purchase it with plenty of time to thaw in the refrigerator. The rule is 24 hours of thawing time for every 5 lbs of turkey. So, if you’re getting a big turkey, plan to purchase it several days in advance.
  2. Make sure you have enough. How do you know what size turkey to get? A good rule of thumb is to plan on 1 pound per person if you’re cooking a whole turkey – and 1.5 lbs per person if you’d like to have leftovers.
  3. Don’t overcook your turkey. We always recommend a meat thermometer when you’re cooking — insert the tip into the meatiest part of the breast and make sure it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit before removing it from the oven. A good rule of thumb is 10-12 lb turkeys = 3 hours; 12-16 lb turkeys = 3-4 hours; 16-20 lb turkeys = 4-4.5 hours; 20-24 lb turkeys = 4.5-5 hours.

Want more? We produced a Thanksgiving Turkey Guide in 2020 with even more Thanksgiving recipes and helpful tips. You can flip through and download it here.

Thanks for helping us #MakeitGAP!

As we enter into the holiday season, we want you to know that we are thankful for you. Every action counts. Supporting our farm and brand partners by shopping for the G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified Label, following us on social media, visiting our website, telling a friend, and donating to our cause all help. We are proud to be the gold standard when it comes to farm animal welfare standards and we thank you for supporting our program. Remember – every farm that produces G.A.P. Certified meat was audited by an independent, third-party certifier. That’s why the G.A.P. label is the one you can trust. Happy Thanksgiving!