Just a comment about this recipe. While it is true that people used to cook turkeys, chickens, roasts, apple pies and even cakes inside brown paper bags 30, 40, 50 years ago, the practice is no longer recommended or considered safe unless you are using "food grade" brown paper bags (made for cooking). Today's bags are not manufactured by the same processes that were used even 20 years ago - although eating the turkey may not make you sick, the chemicals used to make the bags are carcinogenic.
Perhaps a better alternative would be to "make a bag" out of cooking parchment.
I have made our turkey like this for many years. the only difference is I spray Pam on the inside of the bag. Perfect, moist bird every time.
My mother has made turkey in a similar fashion ever since I can remember. She actually greases the inside of the bag and the turkey with margarine, not butter! It always turns out beautiful, moist and delicious. Call me superstitious, but I can't make turkey any other way!
This is how my mother ALWAYS cooked our turkeys, and now how I have done for years. The only thing we do differently is coat the entire inside of the bag and the turkey with plain old vegetable oil, so it stays moist and I guess is even less of a fire hazard. She's 85 now, and we've never burnt down the house!
I made this turkey last thanksgiving for my family because of the ease of the recipe. It turned out WONDERFUL and everyone in the family loved it super moist and great flavor
This was the best Turkey EVER!!!! I remember my Mom cooked turkey for us one year like this and it was great.I tried it today because I was so sick and tired of dry,boring turkey! When I tore open the bag today.....The turkey was a gorgeous golden brown and it was the moistest turkey ever.Thank you for posting this recipe. I will never ever cook turkey any other way again!!!!!
This recipe was so AWESOME! We host Thanksgiving at our house most years but I'm usually NEVER in charge of the turkey because it always comes out dry. This year I decided to risk trying again with this recipe. Everyone (including me) was skeptical about the paper bag and, aside from the garlic, that I didn't add any seasonings, but it turned out AWESOME! This is BY FAR the best turkey I have ever had and all of my guests agreed! It was soooo moist and delicious! We will be making brown bag turkeys forever more!
I've made this turkey a few times, turns out moist and delicious every single time!
Beautiful deep carmel color when I used this recipe. I made pockets between the skin and meat in the breast, thigh, and drumstick area and slipped pieces of carrots, celery, and garlic cloves. I cooked my turkey at 14 min per lb. and will reduce the time next time as I felt the breast could have been more moist. Overall, this is a wonderful recipe.
I heard this recipe on the radio a few days ago and it sounded so good so i decided to give it a try. This was the first year I have ever made a turkey and it turned out great. Everyone was skeptical and thought I was crazy for wanting to cook it in a bag but it turned out great. The turkey was very juicy ans moist and everyone loved it.I will be making this turkey again next year.. I followed the recipe exact and didnt change anything.