Paper Bag Turkey

M G Recipe

By M G msmartha


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)
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

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Jolene Wallace jotxnbr
Nov 15, 2011
My Sister passed this way of making a Turkey down to me. She said to make sure you use a paper bag that has not been recycled.
Daune (pronounced "Dawn") Browne vavavoom
Jul 26, 2011
Note: In May 1998 the United States Department of Agriculture issued the following advice:

Do not use BROWN PAPER BAGS for cooking. They are not sanitary, may cause a fire and can emit toxic fumes. Intense heat may cause a bag to ignite, causing a fire in the oven and possibly adulterating the turkey. The ink, glue, and recycled materials in paper bags can emit toxic fumes when they are exposed to heat. Instead, use purchased oven cooking bags.
sherry fry smedley
Jul 25, 2011
I agree Stephanie!
M G msmartha
Jul 24, 2011
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Jul 24, 2011
I can't see that the plastic would be as good for you as the brown paper bag! HA!