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roast turkey

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Nell Stewart
Georgetown, TX

For you new cooks or those who have not used a roasting bag, this is a no-fail method and you do not have to baste the turkey during the cooking. You new brides can produce a beautiful bird this way. I have been using this method since the bags first came out over 20 years ago.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

What a wonderfully easy way to prepare turkey for a holiday meal. Once you put it in the oven, there is no tending to it until you need to insert the thermometer. A great recipe if you're making a roast turkey for the first time. Cooking the turkey in a cooking bag makes a nice, juicy turkey that's full of flavor. The skin is seasoned perfectly and browns nice and crisp.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 10 -12
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 3 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For roast turkey

  • any size
  • Reynolds or another brand roasting bag.
  • 1 tsp
    salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp
    (each) sage, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, paprika, a little garlic powder (about 1/2 tsp)
  • 3
    celery stalks
  • 1/2
    yellow onion
  • 1
  • 1/2 tsp
    Kitchen Bouquet

How To Make roast turkey

  • Turkey in a roasting pan.
    Buy a fresh turkey or thaw your turkey in the refrigerator for about 1 week. Take any turkey pieces out of the cavity and under the neck flap. Wash and pat dry including the inside.
  • Seasonings combined in a bowl.
    Combine the sage, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, paprika, and garlic in a little dish.
  • Kitchen Bouquet rubbed over the turkey.
    Rub the Kitchen Bouquet over the turkey with your hand so it has a nice even brown coating.
  • Stuffing cavity with celery, onion, and carrot.
    Cut one celery stalk in half and put in the cavity with the peeled carrot and the onion which you have quartered.
  • Seasonings rubbed over the turkey.
    Rub the seasoning over the turkey breast and legs reserving a little to put in the cavity.
  • 2 stalks of celery in a roasting bag.
    Put a tablespoonful of flour in the roasting bag. Put the other 2 stalks of celery in the bottom.
  • Turkey tressed.
    Tie the turkey legs together with cooking string and tie the wings down as well.
  • Turkey in the roasting bag.
    Place the turkey in the bag and use the tie that comes with it to close the bag. Poke a couple of small holes or slits in the top of the bag.
  • Turkey roasting in the oven.
    Put turkey in the bag in the bottom of the roasting pan. Do not put the lid on! Roast according to the time chart that comes with the bag for the weight of the unstuffed turkey.
  • Roast turkey removed from the bag.
    I have been using this method for many years and the turkey always comes out nice and brown and moist. You will usually need a helping hand when it is done to pour off the juice into a pan for the gravy.