Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, express gratitude for all the good things in life, and share a good meal. Having CKD or ESRD doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious roast turkey! We found a delicious recipe including a ton of fresh herbs and is relatively easy to prepare. Hopefully, you’ll also have a chance to enjoy this little Turkey Time ditty.
12 pound turkey, fresh or frozen (avoid self-basting)
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
4 sprigs fresh parsley
4 sprigs fresh sage
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup low-sodium turkey stock from turkey giblets
Check plastic wrap on turkey to determine cooking time. Preheat oven to 425º F.
Remove neck and giblet bag from cavity of turkey. Rinse turkey with cold water, then pat dry with clean paper towels. Using several fingers, loosen skin from turkey breast and drumsticks. Rub poultry seasoning onto turkey flesh under skin. Place parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme sprigs between turkey skin and flesh.
Place a meat thermometer in the fleshy part of the thigh, without touching the bone. Coat turkey with melted butter (or oil) and place breast side up in a roasting pan on a rack. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Cook 30 minutes then reduce heat to 325º F.
Begin basting the turkey every 15 to 20 minutes with the giblet stock and pan juices. During last 30 minutes remove foil from roasting pan. Cook for 3 to 4 hours until meat thermometer registers 165º F.
Let turkey rest 30 minutes before carving.
Three days before serving: if frozen, thaw turkey in refrigerator for 3 days. One day before serving: remove giblets from turkey and make giblet stock (see recipe).
For CKD non-dialysis diet, please reduce serving size to match your meal plan.
Credit: Davita You’ll find all the nutritional information for this recipe, too!