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Bacon Wrapped Roast Turkey


Description

This turkey comes out moist and so delicious with the addition of the bacon while roasting. This recipe does not account for any stuffing added to the turkey. I actually like to bake my stuffing separately.


Ingredients

Option #1:  A Small Turkey

  • 1 – 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 lb turkey
  • 1 package of bacon (you might need 2 depending on the size of the turkey)
  • pepper
  • sage and thyme (optional)
  • tin foil

Option #2:  A Large Turkey

  • 1 – 12 to 14 lb turkey
  • 2 packages of bacon
  • pepper
  • sage and thyme (optional)
  • tin foil

Instructions

Option #1:  A Small Turkey

  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Yes, you read that right, and don’t worry, you’ll see.
  2. Prepare your turkey (rinse it if you like), pat dry and place in a roasting pan. Make sure the skin from the neck of the turkey fully covers the cavity of the turkey, and that the legs and wings are tucked in.
  3. Sprinkle the turkey with ground pepper and any spices that you would like. (you don’t need to add salt because the bacon is salty enough)
  4. Cover the turkey with the slices of bacon, making sure it is fully covered.
  5. Then wrap the turkey tightly in tin foil.
  6. Place the turkey into the oven and immediately TURN DOWN the heat to 350 degrees.
  7. Roast for 35 – 40 minutes per 2 lbs, so a turkey of this size will need to roast for approximately  to 2 and a 1/2 hours.
  8. But after about 1 and a 1/2 hours of roasting time, remove the tin foil from the turkey, and continue baking.
  9. The turkey is done when the thigh meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 – 170 degrees F.
  10. When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven, cover it in fresh tin foil and let rest about 15 minutes, or long enough to get the rest of your dinner together.

Option #2:  A Large Turkey

  • Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  • Prepare your turkey (rinse it if you like), pat dry and place in a roasting pan. Make sure the skin from the neck of the turkey fully covers the cavity of the turkey, and that the legs and wings are tucked in.
  • Sprinkle the turkey with ground pepper and any spices that you would like. (you don’t need to add salt because the bacon is salty enough)
  • Cover the turkey with the slices of bacon, making sure it is fully covered.
  • Then wrap the turkey tightly in tin foil.
  • Place the turkey into the oven and immediately TURN DOWN the heat to 350 degrees.
  • Roast for 35 – 40 minutes per 2 lbs, so a turkey of this size will need to roast for approximately  to 3 and a 1/2 hours.
  • But after about 2 and a 1/2 hours of roasting time, remove the tin foil from the turkey, and continue baking.
  • The turkey is done when the thigh meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 – 170 degrees F.
  • When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven, cover it in fresh tin foil and let rest about 15 minutes, or long enough to get the rest of your dinner together.