Friday, November 1, 2013

Brown Paper Bag Turkey!

Hello Friends!

For those of you who just watched today's episode of ABC's The Chew, you might have seen me for a few seconds introducing the recipe I told you about in my previous post! I had the lovely opportunity to pitch this turkey recipe with two other fantastic ladies, Helen and Deena! Congratulations to Deena for her tasty winning recipe and for an incredible job cooking with Mario Batali on the segment after ours! The whole process was super fun, the crew members are all so kind and so entertaining, and the five hosts (Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Mario Batali, Daphne Oz) are all extremely friendly and a ton of fun to be around. And I must say, having the Pioneer Woman on the show that day was icing on the cake, as she was my original blogging inspiration! If I could work for any TV show, it would totally be this one. What a fun time!

So, several of you have asked for this brown paper bag recipe! As Michael Symon mentioned in his comments, the result is a moist bird, and isn't that what we all want after all of that hard work and preparation? So, here you are! Special thanks to Dorothy Arnold for keeping this recipe around for so many years and to my Mom, for helping me figure out the ins and outs of how it works! May the Thanksgiving meal planning commence!!

Turkey in a Brown Paper Bag

1 turkey, giblets/neck removed
4 tbs butter, room temperature
olive oil for drizzling
salt and fresh ground black pepper 
1/2 tsp paprika (or other seasoning, my sister-in-law's family uses lemon pepper!)
1 onion, quartered
1 apple, quartered
1 lemon, halved
5 cloves garlic, smashed
(roasting pan and 2 brown paper bags)

1) Pat the turkey dry and place in your roasting pan. Allow turkey to sit at room temperature for an hour or so before preheating your oven to 375.
2) While the oven is preheating, salt the inside of the bird and stuff with the onion, apple, lemon, and garlic.
3) Rub the butter underneath the skin of the turkey breasts, slathering all over. Apply olive oil liberally to the entire bird, underside included. Grease her up!
4) Liberally salt the outside of the bird, adding fresh pepper and paprika at this time as well. Truss the legs, tuck the wings.
5) Place one bag over the entirety of the roasting pan/bird seam side up, and then the other, overlapping the bags. Sprinkle the top of the bags with water and place in the 375 degree oven for 13-15 minutes per pound (20 minutes if you choose to stuff the cavity with stuffing) or until a thermometer pierced through the bag and into the bird reads 163-170. Tear the bag open carefully to allow steam to escape. Allow to rest 20 minutes before carving. And remember, don't allow the bags to touch the actual heating element... otherwise, there is no risk of fire here as the burning temperature for paper bags is 451!