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Dr. Atkins' Original Roast Turkey
This is an easy, delicious way to cook turkey. It will never be dry.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Have turkey at room temperature. Remove giblets from cavity. Run turkey
under cold water to clean inside and out. Never soak a turkey in water. Dry
Rub turkey with salt inside and out. Use about 1/3 tsp salt per pound. Insert
poultry pins to draw body opening together. Use string to lace between pins (as
you would lace a shoe).
Tie legs together with string if they are not already tucked under a piece of
skin or brace. Bend wing tips under body and tuck loose neck skin under turkey.
Put 2 large pieces of aluminum foil crisscrossed in large roasting pan. Place
turkey breast side up on foil.
Cover turkey breast with slices of uncooked bacon.
Bring up lengths of aluminum foil and seal around turkey. It should be completely
Cook in 400° oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°. Cook for 15 minutes
per pound if turkey is over 10 pounds. If under 10 pounds, cook for 20 minutes
Make Atkins Almond Stuffing recipe. After salting inside of
bird, fill body cavity loosely with stuffing. Add 5 minutes per pound baking time.
Either way, make sure thermometer inserted into thickest part of inner thigh
registers 180°F. Transfer turkey to platter; tent with foil. Let stand 30
minutes. Serve turkey with Turkey Giblet Gravy or your favorite low-carb
Servings vary - turkey without stuffing/gravy has 0 carbs. Refer to those
recipes for carb counts.
c o m m e n t s :
This is the original roast turkey recipe offered by Atkins' 1974 Diet Cookbook. I've
made this turkey many times and it's always delicious and traditional.