Smearing the lemony butter under the skin may seem fussy, but that step ensures the sometimes-dry breast is moist and flavorful.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 45 mins
10 mins
2 hrs 35 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • Starting at the breast bone, slip your fingers between skin and meat to loosen skin, leaving skin attached at the sides to make a pocket. Lift skin and spread the slightly chilled butter mixture under skin of turkey.

  • 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, being careful that it doesn't touch the bone.

  • For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edges of grill. Test for medium heat in center of grill. Place turkey in roasting pan on grill rack in center of grill. Cover; grill for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until thermometer registers 170°. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.)

  • Remove turkey from grill and cover loosely with foil. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

485 calories; fat 26g; cholesterol 185mg; saturated fat 9g; carbohydrates 2g; mono fat 10g; poly fat 5g; insoluble fiber 1g; protein 57g; vitamin a 388.7IU; vitamin c 4.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 12mg; vitamin b6 0.9mg; folate 16.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.7mcg; sodium 168mg; potassium 579mg; calcium 60.6mg; iron 3.2mg.