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Paper Bag Turkey

By M G msmartha

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M's Story

Why, you ask, would anyone ever cook a turkey in a brown paper bag? Because Paper Bag Turkey comes out crispy-skinned, golden brown and juicy every time. And there's no basting; put it in the oven and forget it.
This is the way my Mother used to roast turkey.


1 whole turkey, 23-25 pounds
1 large brown paper bag (grocery bag)
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salt and pepper,to taste
garlic powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Remove neck and giblets from cavities. Rinse the turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Stuff, if desired. Thoroughly coat the turkey with butter using your fingers or a paper towel. Season generously. Place the turkey in the paper bag. Seal the bag with staples, paper clips or a needle and thread. (Use 2 bags if 1 is too small.) Place the turkey on a sturdy shallow baking pan. Bake at 325° for about 5 hours. Reduce the cooking time to 4-4 1/2 hours for an unstuffed or smaller turkey.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Turkey

  • Comments

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    M G msmartha - Jul 23, 2011
    Martha Goodson [msmartha] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
    Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving
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    sherry fry smedley - Jul 23, 2011
    Martha, I know someone who cooked their turkey this way years ago when I lived in Kansas City back in the early 80's. I have never done this myself, only because I don't cook turkey. Turkey's have something against me, not sure what, don't recall ever offending a turkey, just know I can't eat them. But I will try this with some large roasting chickens! Shhhhhhhhhhh! Don't let the chickens in on this, I don't want them getting their feathers ruffled.
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    Stephanie Dodd skeen - Jul 23, 2011
    My mom used to fix turkeys like this all the time and then something came out that there were toxins in the brown bags and she quit doing it but these were the best turkeys ever!!!!!
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    sherry fry smedley - Jul 23, 2011
    Stephanie it figures! It's always something.
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    Stephanie Dodd skeen - Jul 23, 2011
    I don't see a problem with it at all and know others who use the bag but my mom quit doing it. The turkey is awesome and would be great with chickens too!