Not much prep left. Today I’ll just double check that I have everything I need for tomorrow. I harvested thyme & sage from the garden about a week ago, just ahead of a frost. I brought my rosemary into the basement, and it seems to be doing fine inside.
We do nothing different with the turkey for Keto. The only change we make is for the gravy. Instead of using a bunch of flour, we use just a couple teaspoons of xanthan gum. And it makes the best tasting gravy you’ll ever have. The one trick we’ve learned is to mix xanthan gum with oil or grease if you can. But not water. It does NOT mix with water very well. For gravy I’ll put some drippings in a shaker cup and shake it with the xanthan gum. Just be careful to let it cool first, and then open the lid very slowly, otherwise you’ll get a faceful of hot spray.
5 years ago, I made my first solo turkey. As with most of my recipes, I looked online at multiple recipes. Took a bit from different ones and came up with my own. So here is the “official” Stewart Family Turkey Recipe:
Rinsed turkey and removed giblets package and neck.
Put sliced lemons, fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary and sage), a couple celery stalks with leaves & half an onion inside the cavity.
Quartered the other half of the onion and lay in the pan’s bottom.
Then I laid a few of the herbs over the top and sprinkled a little salt and pepper.
Soaked some cheese cloth with a stick of melted butter and a small bottle of white wine and laid that over the top. Then popped it in the oven.
Baste right over the cheese cloth every 30-60 minutes.
I keep forgetting to take a before pic, but here’s a little over an hour in.
This weekend my prep comprised taking out the turkey so it will thaw by Thursday. That may not seem like much, but this also included rearranging the fridge so it would fit.
I also made a Keto friendly pumpkin pie. I really didn’t need to make one so early, other than the fact that we wanted pie…
Today I made a cream of mushroom++ soup for our green bean casserole. We basically use the regular green bean casserole recipe we’ve always used… A can of cream of mushroom soup, a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, three cans of cut green beans, a dash of black pepper, and instead of the French’s French fried onions we use spicy pork rinds.
Here’s the base recipe I use for Brown Butter Mushroom Soup
The first time I made this, I followed the recipe exactly. The second time I made this I decided this is great all it’s missing is a bit of onion and celery to incorporate the cream of onion and our celery soups.
Here’s what I’m putting in today.
6 T butter
2 T fresh chopped sage
1/2 c diced celery
1/2 c diced onions
3 6.5oz cans mushrooms, chopped
7 cups pork roast stock. (Yes, that’s what I meant😃)
3/4 c heavy cream (because of the extra stock)
1.5 tsp Xanthan gum
Salt & pepper to taste
Instead of a food processor or blender, I just remove the soup from the heat after step 3 so it can cool a bit. Then I blend it up with an immersion blender, turn the heat back and stir in cream and xanthan gum.
I only need about 1.5 cups of this for the green bean casserole, so I’ll save that in the fridge, and freeze the rest for the next time I need Keto friendly cream soup.
On November 18th, I started prep for our 2nd Keto Thanksgiving.
1st Step – breadcrumbs for stuffing. Last year I tried multiple keto bread recipes, but this year Aldi carries no carb bread by L’oven Fresh. So I’m using that this year to make things easier.
Here’s the recipe I used for cook time & seasoning- DIY Stuffing Cubes.
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