Smoked turkey makes for the most incredible pot pie! Such great flavour in this low carb, grain-free dish. What a way to use up your holiday leftovers! This post is sponsored by the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch.
What is your traditional holiday dinner menu? Growing up in Canada, we often had roast turkey for Christmas dinner. Or roast goose, but more often turkey because my father loves it. The man really loves his turkey. And in Canada, Thanksgiving is far enough away from Christmas that you don’t get turkey overload if you eat it for both holidays. Which we did because my father loves it. The man really loves his turkey, what can I say? I am pretty sure that even if Thanksgiving and Christmas were only days apart, my father would happily tuck into his traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings.
This year, turkey may indeed be on our holiday dinner menu. Smoked turkey, to be exact. And one I didn’t actually have to smoke myself. I do own a smoker, as it happens, and I’ve tried my hand at smoking turkey. It’s fun but it’s also a fair amount of work, checking on its progress and making sure the wood chips are filled up enough. With the craziness that accompanies the holidays with three kids, I’d really rather not add that to my to-do list. So this year, it’s all about a gorgeous smoked turkey from Diestel Family Turkey Ranch.
The name may sound familiar to you. It did to me when they reached out to see if we could partner this holiday season but I couldn’t remember where I’d seen it. Then, as I was grabbing some turkey sausage at Whole Foods, I realized that was exactly where I’d seen it. I’d even purchased their sausage products a number of times, without realizing that they also sold whole turkeys. Cooked and uncooked, smoked or oven-roasted, Diestel has the perfect turkey for the holidays. And all of the turkeys are high quality, sustainably and responsibly raised.
The Diestel Turkey Ranch is a family run business in California, and the Diestel family cares greatly about the turkeys they raise and the land that they farm. In fact, they were the first turkey ranch to ever receive a GAP5+ (Global Animal Partnership) rating for animal welfare for their Pasture-Raised Turkeys. Whereas conventional turkey farmers try to fatten their birds quickly, Diestel turkeys are given plenty of fresh air and space to roam, and they are raised almost twice as long as conventional birds. Diestel farmers walk the turkeys every day, paying close attention to their health and thereby eliminating the need for antibiotics.
They also take the health of the land very seriously, going so far as to create their own special compost that improves the soil, and reduces landfill waste and water consumption. The Organic Diestel Structured Compost is now sold to other organic farmers and community members.
Diestel turkeys are healthy, non-GMO, antibiotic-free and carefully, lovingly raised. Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect turkey for your holiday table? Diestel now has a whole online store where you can order your turkey and have it shipped. They also make great gifts for far-flung friends and family. The website features a “Ship to” and “gift choice” option, making it convenient to order your own turkey and a gift turkey all at once.
And they are giving my readers $25 off any order through December 19th (one per customer). Use DREAM25OFF and grab a holiday turkey you know you can feel good about.
Of course, you can also find Diestel turkeys at many local natural food stores. Both my local Whole Foods and New Seasons have a great array of Diestel turkeys for the holidays. And when the holiday season has passed, other Diestel products such as deli meats and sausage are available year round. I happen to have a pound of Diestel chorizo in my freezer right now. And be sure to follow the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch on Facebook and Twitter!
Now the real question is…what to do with all the leftovers from that gorgeous smoked Diestel turkey? Because it’s going to make fabulous leftovers, you know that. I have one idea for you and it’s a good one…
Many thanks to The Diestel Family Turkey Ranch for partnering with me to bring you this recipe. I received compensation by the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch in exchange for my honest opinion/recipe development.