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Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Prep: Turkey in a Bag

How are you cooking your bird this year?

Last year I decided to roast it, breast side down.  I didn’t have the turkey raised high enough and the white meat at the top of the breast (usually the best part of the turkey) was like jello.  Literally.  So sad.  So, if you decide to go that route, make sure your turkey is on a rack high out of the juice!

This year I think we’re going to try cooking our turkey in a brown paper bag.  My friend Dottie from Boston swears by it and the way she describes the finished product sounds delicious.  I’ve got my bags ready…I’ll report back next week on my success (hopefully!).

Click here to see last year’s “Turkey” post, which has lots of good info, including directions from Dottie on how to cook the turkey in a brown paper bag!  And please share your favorite turkey tips here on this post, too!


  1. We’ve been using a Turkey roaster for theh last few years, and it’s been great every time. This year the turkey was still moist and just falling off the bone. Enjoy the brown paper bag, it sounds like a lot of fun!

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    We had our official Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, and I’m pleased to report that our turkey in a brown paper bag turned out perfectly. I’m a believer.

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    Hi I am new to your blog and I just wanted to say how much I’m loving it

  4. I’m very excited about your post today because I can’t wait to make my turkey. I’m going to use Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey recipe. My mom made this last year and it was amazing — so tender and juicy, perfectly done. And beautiful, too! I was relieved to see Food Network replay the episode recently, so I have it handy on the DVR if I need any pointers! It’s a little non-traditional in the sense that you start the bird at 500F and then turn it down after 30 minutes. The whole thing only takes about two and a half hours total.

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    Jane Maynard

    I love good eats! you have to come post on here after thanksgiving and let us know how it goes!! 🙂

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