This will be our second Thanksgiving together, and this year, Paul is cooking the turkey his way. I mean, mine was good and all that, but Paul never steers me wrong, especially when it comes to cooking meat.
Late celebrity chef David Wade from Dallas was not only a great chef, but he was a personal friend of Paul’s, so Paul makes his Thanksgiving turkey the way David Wade prepared his: in a brown paper grocery bag.
Yep, a brown Brookshire’s bag works just fine.
Is it okay if it has ink on it? Yep, that’s perfectly fine, too.
What you must NOT do is deviate from this recipe. The turkey has to be 12 pounds or larger, or it won’t cook right. Don’t use more than a cup of peanut oil, or you’ll have a fire on your hands. It must be peanut oil, which has a high heating point. Other than that, it’s a simple and delicious recipe, and I look forward to not basting the bird or wrangling with the hot oven.
Buckley Farms turkeys are on sale now, so grab one (or two), ask for paper bags at the checkout and enjoy a fuss-free Thanksgiving.
Turkey in a Paper Sack
1 (12 lb) Buckley Farms turkey, room temperature
3 Tbs paprika
1 cup peanut oil (no substitutions)
2 Tbs salt
2 tsp pepper
2 Tbs Worcestershire powder
1 heavy, brown paper Brookshire’s grocery bag
Preheat oven to 325° F.
Inspect brown paper bag thoroughly for any holes. Bag cannot have any holes or tears.
Wash turkey and pat dry with paper towels.
Mix paprika, salt, pepper and Worcestershire powder together in a small bowl.
Rub turkey with about 1/2 cup of peanut oil, inside and out. Then, massage seasonings into bird. Pour remaining oil into the brown paper bag, completely coating the surface. Place turkey inside the bag, breast-side up, and place the bag into a large roasting pan.
Seal the end of the bag tightly using twine. Make sure the top of the bag does NOT touch the top or sides of the oven.
Bake 10 minutes per pound without opening the bag.
When time is up, remove from the oven. Carefully slit the top of the bag, allowing steam to escape. Allow to vent, and then remove the bag.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 937, Calories from Fat: 368, Fat: 41 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 343 mg, Sodium: 1488 mg, Potassium: 1397 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 133 g.
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