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The World's Best Turkey

"This recipe makes a deliciously moist turkey."
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4 h 10 m servings 591 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 (12 pound) turkey)


  • Calories:
  • 591 kcal
  • 30%
  • Fat:
  • 29.3 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.6g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 68.2 g
  • 136%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 214 mg
  • 71%
  • Sodium:
  • 207 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Rinse turkey, and pat dry. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, and insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place apples inside the turkey's cavity. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place turkey in a roasting bag, and pour Champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting pan.
  3. Bake turkey 3 to 3 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees F (85 degrees C) when measured in the meatiest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from bag, and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.


  • Learn more about how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving in our How to Cook a Turkey article!
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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QUESTION PLEASE: as somebody else inquired, do we cut slits in the bag, per instructions on the box of cooking bags? The recipe doesn't say. Thank you for responding!

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This recipe was ok. I had an 11.8 lb turkey and I only needed to cook it for about 2 hours. I even turned down the oven to 325. I ended up leaving it in for a bout 2.5 hours, so I think it ov...

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QUESTION PLEASE: as somebody else inquired, do we cut slits in the bag, per instructions on the box of cooking bags? The recipe doesn't say. Thank you for responding!

I have made this for thanksgiving two years in a row and everyove raved about it! It comes out unbelievably juicy and simply delicious! I cubed two apples and stuffed the cavity to have enough t...

This Thanksgiving will be the 3rd year I've used this recipe - the last 2 years it has turned out PERFECT!! Since we usually have between 10 and 16 people for Thanksgiving, we use a turkey that ...

Loved this recipe-just one question: were we supposed to make "slits" in the oven bag prior to cooking? I would really appreciate it if someone would respond to this question. Thanks so much.

My first Thanksgiving turkey and it turned out perfect. Had a bit of trouble figuring out how to remove the neck (was reaching for the hammer when my boyfriend took over), but prepping the bird ...

FABULOUS recipe! And super easy to make too. A caution when using the oven bag. I forgot to read those instructions and you need to add flour to the bottom of the bag so it doesn't burst. I ...

This was fantastic! I used half a red onion and half an apple on the inside, and we used sparkling apple juice instead of champagne (cheaper). The only issue was we did not buy a thermometer, an...

I used this recipe to make a 20lb turkey. It took 2 1/2 hrs. at 350 degrees. Inside I added 1/2 an onion and cinnamon. This really added to the flavor of the meat and gravy. Also I put butte...

I wanted to know what type of Champagne everyone used? Thanks.