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The Best Turkey with Creamy Gravy

Thanksgiving is coming which means Turkey Time!

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Turkey with Bacon Gravy

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Egg Free, Main Course, Nut Free, Poultry, Sauces and Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings
Calories 376


  • 1 12 pound turkey
  • Redmond Real Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large stalk celery diced
  • 4 small sprigs thyme
  • 10 slices sugar free bacon diced
  • 8 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese softened (kite hill if dairy free)
  • OPTIONAL: Serve with Cauliflower Mash click here


  • Preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey.
  • Pat the turkey dry and season the outside and inside with salt and pepper.
  • Place onions, celery, garlic and thyme inside the cavity.
  • 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.
  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving the drippings in the skillet.
  • Add the ghee or butter to the skillet with the drippings and stir until melted, then pour into a bowl and stir in the juice of 2 lemons. Rub mixture all over the turkey. Place into oven for 30 minutes. After every 30 minutes, baste the turkey with it the drippings. Roast for about 3 hours or until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165 degrees F.
  • Remove from oven onto a serving tray to rest for at least 25 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, pour the drippings, bacon and bites from roasting pan onto a blender. Add cream cheese and purée until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  • Slice the turkey and serve with the gravy.
  • Store extra turkey and gravy in separate air tight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Turkey can be stored in the freezer for up to a month. Makes 9 servings (about 1/2 pound per person).


Calories: 376 | Fat: 18g | Protein: 52g | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fiber: 1g | P:E Ratio: 2.6



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  • Nadine says:

    Where is the bacon?

  • Kimberly says:

    think your instructions got, um, side swiped? Instructions said “Place 1 inside the cavity along with onions, celery, garlic and thyme” – Um one What?
    Also there isn’t instructions for the gravy, but that must be what the cream cheese is for?
    And the pan instructions must be missing something as well?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      That part is fixed. For the gravy, it is right in the direction step 7.

      Meanwhile, pour the drippings and bites from roasting pan onto a blender. Add cream cheese and purée until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

  • Sharon says:

    Nevermind, it’s been fixed. But still, where is the bacon?

  • Sue Carol Goodwin says:

    So, is bacon being fried before #6? Do you take the bacon out of the skillet and put back in gravy at end?

  • Gladys says:

    Oh, Maria, you missed the Canadian Thanksgiving…it was two days ago on the 14th!

    Thanksgiving bounces around on the calendar…it is always the second Monday in October!

    I love your cookbooks, I am wondering…could you add the volume of portions…a soup that serves, say, 10, is tough to judge.

    And how about producing cookbooks that are standardized…cooking for one or two….with the ability to double or triple the ingredients. The current outcomes in your books cooked quantities are all over the map. It makes it near impossible for a single person to use your recipes!

    And I am very sad…that your pressure cooker book does not include the use of a traditional pressure cooker…I bought one to prepare beef bone broth after reading Keto Adapted Christmas 2013. The instant pots was not yet in stores, here in Canada. Even finding a traditional pressure cooker to buy was a true culinary hunt!

    Toronto, Canada

  • Cici says:

    So a couple of questions.
    #1: What do you do with the bacon?
    #2: In #6 you say to add butter to skillet with drippings. What drippings? (I’m guessing bacon fat from cooking the diced bacon?)
    If that’s the case, do you do anything with the cooked bacon?
    Lastly, in #7 I assume you mean bits not bites (referring to the fond?)
    Also, there is always a huge variation in the amount of drippings I get when I roast a turkey. What quantity of drippings do you use for the amount of cream cheese in this recipe ?

  • Caryn says:

    10 pieces of COOKED bacon? Diced?

    In #7 you talk about the gravy you say add the “bites” are you referring to the cooked, diced bacon?

    The bacon part is still a little unclear.

    I can’t wait to try this Gravy!

    Thank you!

  • Joanne says:

    This sounds amazing! I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving this year. In step 6, it says to drain the bacon on paper towels, but then I don’t see the bacon used anywhere (I do se the drippings used in 7). Does that mean to just discard the bacon (or use it in another recipe)? (I don’t want to miss out on any bacony goodness!) Thanks!

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