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turkey in a bag

(32 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Patricia Brown
Guildhall, VT

This is a neat shortcut for busy cooks! The finished product reminds me of the great turkey dinners my grandmother prepared when I was a kid. For me, that's the ultimate endorsement.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Baking a turkey can be intimidating for the first time, but nothing is easier than baking a turkey in a paper bag. There are only a few steps to the recipe and it's a really cool way to prepare your holiday turkey. It browns the turkey evenly, and the moist meat is fall off the bone. Plus, it keeps the oven clean!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(32 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 2 Hr 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For turkey in a bag

  • 8-12 lb
    turkey, thawed
  • 1 stick
    butter, unsalted
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cooking spray
  • brown paper bag, unused

How To Make turkey in a bag

Test Kitchen Tips
If using a thermometer, a corded digital one is recommended because it can be weaved through the folded bag.
  • Spraying a paper bag with cooking spray.
    Spray the inside of a brown paper bag with cooking spray.
  • Separating the skin from the turkey.
    Separate skin from turkey.
  • Placing butter under the skin.
    Place slices of butter between skin and meat.
  • Sprinkling salt and pepper over the turkey.
    Sprinkle salt and pepper between skin and on top of turkey.
  • Closing the paper bag.
    Place turkey in bag. Close bag securely.
  • Roasting the turkey in the oven.
    Bake turkey for 20 minutes per pound at 325 F.