Paper Bag Turkey

Paper Bag Turkey Recipe

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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.

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

How to Make Paper Bag Turkey


  • 1Remove 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.

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About Paper Bag Turkey

Course/Dish: Turkey