Grilled Turkey with Spiced Almond Butter

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8 servings
30 mins
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Grilled Turkey with Spiced Almond Butter

10 pound fresh or frozen whole turkey
cup finely chopped slivered almonds or chopped pine nuts
cup snipped fresh parsley
teaspoon finely shredded lemon, orange or tangerine peel
teaspoons lemon, orange or tangerine juice
large cloves garlic, minced
teaspoon ground allspice or ground ginger
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Thaw turkey, if frozen. In a small bowl, combine butter, almonds, parsley, lemon peel and juice, garlic, allspice and pepper. Cover and chill in freezer for 10 minutes or in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Starting at the neck on one side of the breast , slip your fingers between skin and meat, loosening skin as your work toward the tail end. Once your entire hand is under the skin, free the skin around thigh and leg area up to, but not around the tip of the drumstick. Repeat on the other side of the breast. Rub almond butter under the skin, directly on meat. Skewer neck skin to back. Twist wing tips behind back. Tuck drumsticks under band of skin or tie to tail. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle.
  3. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place turkey on grill rack over drip pan. Cover; grill for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until thermometer registers 180 degrees F and turkey is no longer pink, adding fresh coals every 45 to 60 minutes and cutting band of skin or string the last hour of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill, reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.)
  4. Remove turkey from grill and cover loosely with foil. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Carve turkey into thin slices. Makes 8 to 12 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Turkey Breast Option:

Use one 5 to 6 pound whole turkey breast with bone (thawed, if frozen). Prepare 1/2 recipe of Almond butter and place under skin. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. (To protect your roasting pan on the grill and keep it from darkening, cover the outside of the pan with heavy foil.) Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast without touching bone. Grill over indirect heat for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until thermometer registers 170 degrees F. Cover with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Grilled Turkey with Spiced Almond Butter)
    Per serving:
  • 713 kcal cal.,
  • 33 g fat
  • (13 g sat. fat,
  • 6 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 12 g monounsatured fat),
  • 375 mg chol.,
  • 330 mg sodium,
  • 2 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 97 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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