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Bacon Wrapped Turkey =’s Awesome!

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Heavenly Bacon Wrapped Turkey

With Thanksgiving and Christmas time here, that means it’s time for turkey dinners. Last year my gorgeous bacon-wrapped bird was a huge hit! Luckily no one found out about the giblets pack being left in the bird until AFTER dinner was over. It’s extremely easy to dry out a turkey due to the low fat content and length of time it has to be cooked. Draping your turkey in bacon is a sure-fire way to keep the moisture in and make your Mother-In-Law turn green with turkey envy!

Bacon Wrapped Turkey =’s Awesome!

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Ingredients

  • 12 lbs. Whole Turkey (minimum size)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • 1 1/2 Sticks of Butter, Margarine is Okay (bigger bird =’s more butter)
  • Your Favorite Traditional Turkey Seasoning (sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper, etc)
  • 1 lb. of Bacon

Preparation & Cooking

  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey. Rinse with cold water and drain well.
    • Note: For dog owners…don’t throw away the giblets. You can microwave these “scraps” for a quick treat for your furry friend(s).
  • If using apples (or any other type of stuffing) place them in the turkey at this time.
  • User your fingers to gently separate the skin from the meat of the turkey across the entire top of the bird.
  • Blend seasonings in with softened butter and use your hands to spread across the turkey, under the skin
  • Weave bacon strips together and place them across the top & draped over the sides of the turkey (don’t forget the legs!)
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil in a traditional “tent” fashion
  • Place covered turkey in the oven for 2 hours
  • Remove foil cover and cook for additional 1 hour
  • If your turkey doesn’t come with a timer insert, make sure it reaches 160°F (minimum temp) prior to removing from the oven
  • Once done, lay foil back across the turkey and allow it to sit for 20 minutes

Now it’s time to carve and enjoy!

Note – Turkey photo via therunawayspoon.com

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