If you’ve been looking for a new and creative way to serve your Thanksgiving turkey this year, we have an outside-the-box suggestion — why not wrap your entire turkey in crispy, salty bacon?
Start by washing the turkey inside and out and patting it dry. Then, make a paste by combining poultry seasoning, minced garlic, and olive oil. Rub the paste underneath the turkey breast, being careful not to tear the skin.
Once the turkey has been seasoned with the paste, put it in a roasting pan along with a few cups of water and cook it in a 500-degree oven for half an hour. Then, take the turkey out of the oven, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees, and cover the turkey in bacon slices (weaving them into a cross-hatch pattern if you like) until the entire bird is covered.
Then, cook the turkey until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 2 hours more.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.