5 Keto Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas
Your hard work needn’t be derailed this Thanksgiving with all the amazing low carb and keto friendly recipes out there! In fact, the best bits of your Thanksgiving meal are all easily made keto-friendly with just a few tweaks 🦃🦃🦃.
Thanksgiving is definitely all about the Turkey and luckily slapping some butter, herbs and bacon on it is not only in keeping with keto but is also DELICIOUS. So with the turkey sorted what’s next? Cranberry sauce simply require sweetener instead of sugar. I would make keto gravy in the same way as I would make regular gravy. I add a carrot, celery and onion to the bottom of the roasting dish, pop the turkey on top and generously season. I then collect the cooking juices and add xanthan gum or whichever thickening agent you like 😊
Veg is always easy, my favourite is roasted Brussels sprouts gratin and my Mashed Faux-Tatoes is a winner for mopping up the excess gravy!
- 900g/2lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed
- 20g/¾oz butter
- 4 tsp sunflower oil
- 150g/5oz lardons
- 20g/¾oz flaked almonds
- 400ml/14fl oz heavy cream
- 2½ tsp lemon juice
- 5 tbsp almond flour
- 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- ✔ Firstly, preheat the oven to 200C/180C.Then place the sprouts into a saucepan of simmering salted water and cook for 4-5 minutes, until almost, but not quite, cooked. Drain thoroughly, allow to cool slightly, then cut in half.Next, place the butter and oil into a wide frying pan over a medium heat. Add the bacon lardons and almonds and gently fry for 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned.
- ✔ Add the sprouts and fry for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly
- ✔ Add the cream and bring the mixture to the boil. Boil for 2-4 minutes, until the cream has reduced to a rich sauce. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- ✔ Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice and spoon into an ovenproof gratin dish.
- ✔ Mix the ground almonds, flaked almonds and Parmesan together in a bowl, then sprinkle evenly over the top of the sprout mixture.
- ✔ Lastly, place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the top is golden-brown and the cream visibly boiling.
My 5 Keto Thanksgiving Recipes
Now that the simple bits are out of the way, lets look at the slightly more troublesome dishes such as stuffing, desserts, nibbles and drinks!
1. Pumpkin Pie Martini 🎃
Get the party started early with this deliciously creamy and boozy cocktail from All Day I Dream About Food . Each drink has only 1.5g of carbs and all that sweet holiday goodness that’s sure to get you in good spirits! Get the recipe here.
2. Keto Cauliflower Sausage Stuffing
For most people, their favourite bit about a big festive dinner is the stuffing. Now, this can obviously cause utter panic for those following a low carb diet what with the entire thing being made out of bread 🤦♀️. Thankfully, there are some Keto-friendly alternatives that taste great and will help fill that stuffing shaped void on your plate. This recipe is a simple one I use and it makes 8 servings, each coming in at 5g of carbs each and 220 calories. I prefer to use cauliflower rice as I find it mimics the consistency of breadcrumbs better than larger chunks of cauliflower.
- 8 oz sausage meat
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 1 stick butter (65g)
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp fresh sage
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
- 4 bags frozen cauliflower rice
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- ✔ In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
- ✔ Add garlic, celery, carrot, and sausage and sauté, 7 to 8 minutes.
- ✔ Add cauliflower and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
- ✔ Add thyme, rosemary, and sage and stir until combined.
- ✔ Spread into a baking pan and bake in a 300f or 160C oven for 30 minutes or until it gets crispy on top.
3. Sweet Potato Casserole
I’m not American but I know that sweet potato casserole is a CRUCIAL part of any Thanksgiving feast. This recipe from Lifemadesweeter.com actually uses Pumpkin to mimic the sweet potato as it’s lower in carbs and thus keto friendly. It’s a sweet, slightly spiced casserole topped with pecans and is only 4g of carbs per serving 😊. Get the recipe here.
4. Keto Garlic Dough Balls
These delicious, garlicky morsels are only 1g of carbs each and are the perfect thanksgiving dinner accompaniment. They mop up all the juicy bits on the plate and they taste great served with soup. The recipe is a fathead dough which you will find plenty of on the internet. If you are feeling particularly lazy, you can get my recipe here 😉.
5. Keto Pecan Pie 🥧
This keto pecan pie takes 1 hour to make from start to finish and is an absolute showstopper. The main taste is the buttery sweet pecans followed by the oozy sweet filling. Your guests will have no idea that this pie is just 2.3g of carbs per serving 🥧. The base is just ground almonds, sweetener, butter and cinnamon. Get the recipe and steps here.
So that’s all the bases covered, drinks, bread, stuffing, sides, gravy and dessert. Is it going to taste exactly the same as a regular Thanksgiving dinner? Probably not, but it will taste awesome and is also keeping you on track with your keto lifestyle.
Thanks for reading