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Easter Turkey

Is Easter Turkey different? - It can be.

Turkey works well as a celebratory food, so why not enjoy an Easter Turkey. On Easter we gather with friends and family to share food, conversation, and company. It is one of those times that calls for big food. And turkey is one of those foods meant for a gathering. But turkey with its strong connection with Thanksgiving and Christmas is could be overlooked this time of year.

And, is a "Thanksgiving Turkey" right for Easter? Since Thanksgiving is a fall harvest celebration, the Thanksgiving turkey is usually prepared and served with fall ingredients. Easter however is a celebration of spring and rebirth so for Easter, lets not forget the versatility of this bird.

Turkey goes well with many flavors. Ham is a common secondary meat at Thanksgiving so we know that they go well together. For Easter, ham is often the star, and turkey would certainly work in a complementary role. If you don't need a whole turkey consider turkey parts such as a breast, or legs.

The Flavors of Spring

But what flavors would make this an Easter recipe? What are the flavors of early spring?

They might not be locally grown because in much of North America very little is locally grown in the early spring, but the following foods are often available and "in season" for March and April: Apples, Artichokes, Arugula (a.k.a. Rocket), Asparagus, Beans (especially Fava), Bean shoots, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chives, Cucumbers, Fennel, Green Garlic, Kiwis, Kohlrabi, Kumquats, Lettuce, Meyer lemons, Maple Syrup, Mint, Mushrooms (especially morels), Navel Oranges, Parsley, Rhubarb, Snow peas, Spinach(baby), Spring onions, Strawberries, Thyme, Watercress and others that you might find in your grocery.

So consider the above ingredients for your Easter dinner whether or not you include an Easter Turkey.

If you decide to make a whole turkey, any of the recipes on this site produce excellent turkey that is good for any season or any occasion. The side dishes that you choose will make this a spring dish rather than the traditional fall fete.

But if this is the secondary meat for your feast here is our suggestion for your turkey.

Since rolled roasts are popular, why not a Rolled turkey dressed in its Easter finest.

Click here for our Spring Turkey Roulade

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