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the very best thanksgiving turkey

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Recipe by
Melissa Baldan
San Diego, CA

What doesn't taste better with bacon?

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Ingredients For the very best thanksgiving turkey

  • 1 lg
    turkey (at leat 18-20 pounds)
  • 2 lb
  • 3 Tbsp
    poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp
    fine garlic powder
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 sm
    onion, sliced thick

How To Make the very best thanksgiving turkey

  • 1
    Rise turkey and remove giblets, pat dry and set aside.
  • 2
    Mix together poultry seasoning, oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder (make sure it's the POWDER and not granulated). Using a flavor injector inject the mixture all around the turkey. Under each breast skin place the rings of 1/2 small onion.
  • 3
    Place turkey, uncovered, in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove. Reduce temperature to 325.
  • 4
    Take uncooked bacon and lay over entire turkey, overlapping each slice. For a better presentation cross-hatch the bacon.
  • 5
    Cover with foil and cook for 15 minutes/pound. Subtract the 1st 30 from cooking time. (a 20 pound turkey will take 5 hours, minus the 30 from step 3 = 4.5 hours). Baste turkey every 20-30 minutes. Remove foil when there is 20 minutes remaining.
  • 6
    Let bird rest for 20-30 minutes before carving! **NOTE: If cooking the bird with stuffing cook for 20 minutes/pound instead of 15.

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