The very best Thanksgiving turkey

Melissa Baldan


What doesn't taste better with bacon?


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  • 1 large
    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 small
    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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