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Kidd Kraddick’s Brown Bag Turkey

I am a first time Turkey cooker this year.  I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about… UNTIL, I heard about a recipe on Kidd Kraddick.  It’s called Kidd Kraddicks Famous Brown Bag Turkey and he exclaims it’s the easiest Turkey you can make!  You can find the recipe on KiddNation.com or at Food.com, but for convenience I posted it below:

1. Take everything out of the turkey. There will be a giblet bag and some other stuff.
2. Next add vegetables to the inside of the turkey. You dont even have to peel anything. This is easy because the veggies are just for flavor — you are going to throw them away later.
3. Take the onion and cut it into quarters.
4. Chop a nice long carrot.
5. Do the same with a couple stalks of celery.
6. Add several cloves of garlic that you mash between a broad kitchen knife and the kitchen counter.
7. Throw it all inside the turkey.
8. Then rub the turkey all over with olive oil — not butter because butter usually has salt in it and salt is the enemy of a moist turkey. Make sure the whole bird is covered in olive oil.
9. Put the turkey in a roasting pan and cover it with a large brown paper bag.
10. Staple shut. If you have a huge turkey use two paper bags at each end. It wont stick to the bird because of the olive oil.
11. Sprinkle the bag all over with water.
12. Place into pre-heated 375 F oven. ON THE MIDDLE RACK.
13. The bag wont burn because paper burns at 451 and we’re at 375 degrees.
14. The advantage of the brown paper bag over the reynolds cooking bag is that the paper breathes so the turkey ROASTS. In the reynolds bag the turkey STEAMS, giving it a different taste.
15. Roast for 13-15 minutes per pound.
16. When you think it’s ready, shove a meat thermometer through the bag and into the turkey and give it a minute to register. Make sure it doesnt touch the bone.
17. The thermometer should register between 163-170 degrees.
18. Remove from oven, cut away the bag and remove the basting pan.
19. Do not throw out the drippings!
20. To make the gravy, strain the pan juices into a really big pot. Any juices that accumulate on the turkey platter get poured into the pot.
21. Add six oz. of boiling chicken broth and 1/8 cup of corn starch to the gravy to thicken it up. Cook on low heat and stir and cook and stir.
22. If it seems it isnt going to be thick enough, add a little more corn starch.
23. What about the talk that brown paper bags are unsafe for cooking?.
24. If you mean unsafe because of fire, it is important that the bag doesnt make contact with the heating element of the oven. If you mean because of the recycled paper bag releasing toxins into the turkey, all we can say is that this recipe has been around for over 30 years. We,ve been postonmg this recipe for over 10 years and never had a single complaint that anyone got sick. We’ve had hundreds of emails that this is the best turkey they’ve ever tasted and the perfect recipe for first time chefs!

Here are some reviews from people at Food.com:

My mother has made turkey in a similar fashion ever since I can remember. She actually greases the inside of the bag and the turkey with margarine, not butter! It always turns out beautiful, moist and delicious. Call me superstitious, but I can’t make turkey any other way!

This was the best Turkey EVER!!!! I remember my Mom cooked turkey for us one year like this and it was great.I tried it today because I was so sick and tired of dry,boring turkey! When I tore open the bag today…..The turkey was a gorgeous golden brown and it was the moistest turkey ever.Thank you for posting this recipe. I will never ever cook turkey any other way again!!!!!

I’m going to give this a try over the holiday weekend, if you do too, let me kn0w how it goes!  Happy Thanksgiving… GOBBLE GOBBLE!

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