For many, the most essential part of the Thanksgiving meal is turkey. Luckily whether it's roasted or fried, it's also naturally low-carb and keto-friendly! This recipe uses a rosemary lemon olive oil and a final brush of our stevia-sweetened Maple Syrup to compliment the turkey's natural flavors.
- 1 whole turkey (about 12 pounds), thawed if frozen
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, rinsed
- 6 garlic cloves (1 clove minced, 4 cloves peeled)
- 1 large lemon, zested into large strips then quartered
- Coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- 2 large sweet onions, cut into wedges, keep separate
- 1-2 Tbsp NuNaturals Pourable Maple Syrup
- Let turkey sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in lower third. In a small saucepan, heat oil, rosemary, minced garlic clove, and lemon zest. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until garlic is soft and lemon is slightly shriveled, 1 minute. Remove rosemary-lemon oil from heat and let cool.
- Tuck wing tips underneath body of turkey. Season inside of turkey with salt and pepper. Fill cavity with one of the wedged onions, lemon wedges and peeled garlic cloves. Fold neck skin over opening. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Brush turkey all over with 1/2 cup rosemary lemon oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Place remaining onion in a heavy roasting pan. Set a roasting rack over onion and place the turkey on top. Roast until turkey is golden brown (about 45 minutes to an hour). Reduce heat to 375 degress, add 1 cup water to pan, and roast, brushing turkey with remaining rosemary oil every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickets part of a thigh reads 165 degrees, 1 1/2 to 2 hours (add more ater, if pan becomes dry.)
- Transfer turkey to a platter or cutting board and brush with Maple syrup then loosely tent with foil; let rest 30 minutes. Reserve pan drippings to use with your keto gravy recipe of choice. To serve, scoop out filling and carve turkey.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart