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    Easy Turkey in a Paper Bag

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    27 hrs

    24 hrs

    3 hrs

    Not-2-Sweet's Note:

    This recipe makes the most beautifully browned, juiciest and flavorful turkey. And it's super easy to boot. It's inspired from the California Culinary Academy. Important!! This recipe only works well if you stuff the turkey. I didn't think that it would make a big difference, but when I baked a turkey and didn't stuff it a while back, It was way overcooked....not good. But this is great for a big stuffed bird. If I were serving this for a special occasion though, I would definately use a programmable thermometer... I got mine for around $15 at Meijers and I use it a LOT! So well worth the small investment. Insert the thermometor into the thickest part og the thigh and bring the temp to 165 to 170 degrees.

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 4-8

    Yield:

    turkey

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      At least one night or up to two nights before cooking, season turkey inside and out with salt, garlic powder and poultry seasoning.
    2. 2
      Place in a plastic bag and refrigerate until day of cooking. This ensures that the bird is seasoned all the way through, like brining does, only better.
    3. 3
      On Turkey day, stuff turkey with your favorite stuffing recipe. Tie legs together and fold wings back behind themselves.
    4. 4
      Pat turkey dry, and rub olive oil all over bird. Sprinkle skin with Montreal Grill seasoning.
    5. 5
      Open up a large paper bag so the opening is facing you, and rub the inside bottom of the bag with a generous coating of butter.
    6. 6
      Turn bag over so butter is on top, and place bag in a pan on a rack.
    7. 7
      Cut a piece of aluminum foil to line the bottom of the bag. Crinkle it ip then spread it flat and spray with cooking spray to keep bird from sticking.
    8. 8
      Place turkey into the bag, fold opening of bag closed and staple shut.
    9. 9
      Place turkey into a COLD oven. (DO NOT PREHEAT!).
    10. 10
      Turn the heat to 500 degrees. and roast for exactly one hour.
    11. 11
      Tuen heat down to 400 Degrees, toast one hour longer.
    12. 12
      Turn heat down to 300 degrees and roast one additional hour.
    13. 13
      Remove turkey from oven. Total cooking time is 3 hours regardless of the size of the turkey.
    14. 14
      The bag will look and smell charred, but the butter keeps the bag from burning and the bird will be perfect.
    15. 15
      Tear away paper bag in pieces and let turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. But the longer rest, the better.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 12, 2008

      Easy and less stress for the "new" turkey maker! I have done the" in the bag turkey" for years. Use spray oil on the bag, easier. Also, cook at 225* overnight, you don't have the bag on fire fear as with the 500* oven. If you don't like to stuff your bird, placind hunks of apple, onion and celery inside cavity makes great flavor,whole cloves of garlic are perfect, remove it, squeeze garlic into a bowl. Use as spread for breads, add to mashed potatoes, green vegis...good! Only downside to this is a less fancy looking bird as it is steamed, so no golden skin.

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    • on November 16, 2013

      55

      My MIL taught me this method years ago, and I've never done it any other way since! PERFECTION every time, and really cuts down the hours in the oven. Only difference: being Southern, we don't "stuff" Mr. Bird---our "dressing" is baked in a separate pan. But N2S is right about needing something stuffed into the carcass for ideal results---so I chop celery, carrots, and onions into big chunks and put that in along with plenty of garlic cloves and shallots, all of which I discard after baking. This adds wonderful flavor to the drippings.

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    • on October 15, 2013

      55

      Had a load of people over last night for dinner and tried this recipe out. A great success. Turkey was perfectly cooked and the juiciest I've ever made. Glad I found this recipe. I will do this way from now on. It also took at least an hour off cooking time so that was great also

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Turkey in a Paper Bag

    Serving Size: 1 (524 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1837.2
     
    Calories from Fat 957
    52%
    Total Fat 106.3 g
    163%
    Saturated Fat 37.5 g
    187%
    Cholesterol 738.2 mg
    246%
    Sodium 7885.0 mg
    328%
    Total Carbohydrate 2.2 g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    1%
    Sugars 0.5 g
    2%
    Protein 204.0 g
    408%

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