Turkey with bacon gravy

Turkey with bacon gravy

Want to know the secret to the best gravy? It's bacon! Maria Emmerich's turkey with an irresistible bacon gravy is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Moist, infused with flavor and roasted to perfection.

Turkey with bacon gravy

Want to know the secret to the best gravy? It's bacon! Maria Emmerich's turkey with an irresistible bacon gravy is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Moist, infused with flavor and roasted to perfection.
USMetric
14 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 12 lbs 5.5 kg whole turkey
  • 1 lb 450 g cherry tomatoes
  • fine grain sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (523 oz.) 240 ml (160 g) red onion, dicedred onions, diced
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (1½ oz.) 1 (40 g) large celery stalk, dicedlarge celery stalks, diced
  • 4 tsp 4 tsp fresh thyme, four small sprigs
  • 8 oz. 230 g bacon (10 slices, diced)
  • 4 oz. 110 g ghee or butter
  • 2 2 lemon, the juicelemons, the juice
  • 18 tsp 18 tsp guar gum (optional)
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Instructions

Instructions are for 14 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey.
  3. Pat the turkey dry and season the outside and inside with salt and pepper.
  4. Place cherry tomatoes inside the cavity along with onions, celery, garlic and thyme.
  5. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Put the turkey on a rack set in a large roasting pan and tuck the wings under the body.
  6. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, for 7-8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving the drippings in the skillet.
  7. Add the ghee or butter to the skillet with the drippings and stir until melted, then pour into a bowl and stir in the lemon juice. Rub mixture all over the turkey.
  8. Place into oven for 30 minutes. After every 30 minutes, baste the turkey with the drippings. Roast for about 3 hours or until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165°F (74°C).
  9. Remove from oven onto a serving tray to rest for at least 25 minutes before carving.
  10. Meanwhile, pour the drippings into a saucepan. Whisk in the guar gum to thicken, after 5 minutes whisk add a touch more if you want a thicker gravy. Then add the reserved bacon for one amazing gravy.
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6 comments

  1. Sandra
    We used this recipe for our Thanksgiving turkey and it was delicious! I wasn't quite sure about bacon gravy, but the gravy was the best I've ever made. Everyone around the table raved about how good it was.
    I'm grateful to the Diet Doctor site for the wealth of information they provide! Thank you.
  2. Ryan
    Used this for my first Thanksgiving turkey yesterday and it was delicious. Had to adjust the cooking time according to the size of the turkey I was working with, but other than that it was delicious. The bacon gravy was also amazing!
  3. Vera
    This turned out great, well worth the effort. Our dinner guests all said this was the best turkey they ever had!
    Reply: #4
  4. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    This turned out great, well worth the effort. Our dinner guests all said this was the best turkey they ever had!

    I am so glad everyone enjoyed it!

  5. Cristina
    Would arrowroot powder be an adequate substitute for guar gum in this recipe?
    Reply: #6
  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Would arrowroot powder be an adequate substitute for guar gum in this recipe?

    Arrowroot is not ideal as it is very starchy. Here is our guide to thickeners - https://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-thicken-keto-recipes-without-flour-...

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