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HOW TO COOK A TURKEY IN A BAG

We've got a secret for the easiest Thanksgiving Turkey. Roast it in a cooking bag - no basting, less cook time and easier clean up.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keywords HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT TURKEY, ROASTED TURKEY, THANKSGIVING TURKEY
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 16 -20 servings
Calories 467 kcal
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 16-20 lb turkey
  • 1 Turkey Oven Bag I use Reynolds Turkey-sized oven bags
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Turkey dressing

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside a large roasting pan.
  2. Open the oven bag and place 1 tablespoon of flour in bag, shake bag. Place cut celery and onion in bottom of bag and set aside.
  3. Place turkey in sink. Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey cavities and reserve for gravy. Rinse the turkey with cold water, both inside and out, pat dry. 

  4. Stuff both the front cavity and back with dressing just prior to cooking. I always sew up the back cavity to ensure dressing stays in place.

  5. Take the olive oil and smooth over outside of turkey. This will help it brown as well as keep it from sticking to oven bag. Salt & pepper to taste. 
  6. Place turkey in bag on top of vegetables then secure with provided tie. Place turkey in roasting pan and make sure the bag is entirely in the pan. Tuck any extra ends underneath bird. Cut six slits in top of bag to allow steam to escape.

  7. Place on the bottom rack of oven so the bag does not touch sides or top. Bake according to directions on oven bag package for your size of bird. Usually about 2-1/2 to 3 hours for a 12-16 lb stuffed turkey, 3 to 3-1/2 hours for a 16-20 lb. stuffed turkey.
  8. When completely cooked, remove from bag and place on cutting board with a channel that will catch the juices. 
  9. Remove dressing to serving bowl and cover to keep warm. 

  10. Let turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before carving to let juices redistribute through the meat.

Nutrition Facts
HOW TO COOK A TURKEY IN A BAG
Amount Per Serving
Calories 467 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 232mg77%
Sodium 436mg18%
Potassium 738mg21%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 70g140%
Vitamin A 192IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.