Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Wrap Your Turkey
Staff Writer

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Nothing's better than bacon, except when it's Thanksgiving day and your turkey is wrapped in some. This recipe uses a seasoning and olive oil paste for under the turkey's skin to add a subtle hint of flavor that pairs perfectly with the bacon. 

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Ingredients

  • One  10-pound turkey
  • 1  Cup  poultry seasonings
  • 10  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2  Cup  olive oil
  • 1  Pound  bacon, sliced into thin strips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. 

Wash the turkey inside and out and pat dry. Mix together the seasonings, minced garlic, and olive oil to make a paste. Rub the paste underneath the skin of the breasts of the turkey, carefully so you do not tear the skin (you may not have to use all of the paste). Add 1-2 cups of water in the roasting pan, then roast the turkey in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the heat to 350 degrees. Cover the turkey in the bacon slices, in cross-hatch form or just by overlapping the slices in strips. Put back in the oven and continute to cook for about 2 more hours or until an internal thermometer temperature reaches 160 degrees. 

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
47g
67%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
27mg
9%
Carbohydrate, by difference
6g
5%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
15µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
21µg
23%
Calcium, Ca
47mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
2mg
1%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Phosphorus, P
156mg
22%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
671mg
45%
Thiamin
5mg
100%
Water
32g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Bacon-Wrapped Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Bacon-Wrapped Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.