I know it is just past Thanksgiving, but we had such a successful tasty juicy turkey this year, we are doing it all over again for Christmas dinner. I received such compliments as, “This is the best turkey I have ever had!” and “I have never eaten white meat this moist!” There were also lots of satisfied “yums” and other noises from the less articulate younger bunch.
My secret . . . bake the turkey upside down in the turkey baking bags! It may not the most healthy way to bake the turkey, but the turkey sure comes out moist and oh so yummy! I also threw in chopped potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions into the bag which cut down baking time for me in the kitchen.
This turkey baking tip works fabulously with the least expensive turkeys. I bought mine at 39 cents per pound (as long as I bought $20 total from the store). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the turkey in the sink and rinse very well. Stuff it with dressing and/or a stick of butter, if desired. Turn the turkey so the turkey breasts are on the bottom and place the turkey into the flour coated bag. I also move the pop-up timer to the new “top” putting it into the thickest part of the meat. Baste with olive or canola oil and toss in your veggies. Tie the bag shut and poke 6 little holes in the top of the bag. Bake for the suggested time. The internal temperature should be 180 degrees and juices should run clear. Finally, be prepared for the flood of compliments to follow!