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Kick things up a notch this Thanksgiving with a bacon-wrapped turkey
Are you still making the same boring, traditional turkey recipe?
Jenny Brown
11.05.21

Are you still making the same boring turkey recipe for Thanksgiving this year?

You probably sit for most of the month of November and imagine all of the good food that you will get to eat on Thanksgiving day. You might daydream about everything from pies to sides, like mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.

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But one thing is for sure, the turkey is what we all really look forward to.

A perfectly cooked turkey that’s soft and smothered in gravy is the stuff of legend. But what if we told you that there was an even better option for your turkey this year?

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The new best way to enjoy turkey is by wrapping it in a glorious layer of juicy bacon!

The bacon-wrapped turkey recipe that we are about to share will change your Thanksgiving day forever!

Turkey can sometimes be on the dry side of the food items on the big day. But with the bacon enrobing it, it will add a power-kick of flavor and a crispy texture that will just change how you feel about turkey in general!

Instructions for creating this masterpiece are simpler than you might think.

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First, preheat your oven to 375°.

Then, you need to chop the onions, rinse your turkey down, and dry him as well. Be sure to stuff the turkey with thyme, rosemary, and some onion. Tie the legs together with twine and gently tuck in the wings.

Next, make a butter mixture that covers the whole turkey.

Melt butter, add seasonings, and stir the mix until it is thoroughly dissolved. Brush the mixture onto the turkey.

Then, put the turkey into a roasting pan for it to be cooked. Now comes the fun part, we need to add the bacon.

Cover the whole turkey by weaving the slices of bacon.

Completely wrap the turkey and move on to the next step!

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At last, bake the special turkey for 3 hours or until a temperature checker hits 165℉.

The best place to check is the turkey’s thigh. If the bacon is getting too dark, feel free to cover the whole turkey in foil.

When the turkey finishes, put the bacon-wrapped beauty on a pan to cool at room temperature until it can be eaten. Carve the turkey on a cutting board. It can be helpful to use a juice groove if you want the extra turkey juices. You won’t regret the extra time you took to make this delectable entree.

Overall Prep Time: 10 minutes | Estimated Cook Time: 3 hours

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An alternative method is to wrap the turkey in bacon and bake it for about 45 minutes to an hour, then peel the bacon off and continue baking the turkey for the remainder of time. Then, you can munch on the bacon as a yummy appetizer, or chop it up and add it to green beans and corn for a delicious side.

Ingredients for Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

  • 1 11 pound turkey, giblets, and neck removed
  • 1 large red onion, cut into large wedges
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 lb thick-cut bacon

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We hope this turkey recipe is as revolutionary for you as it was for us. We absolutely love bacon. You can add it to almost anything and it will be tasty, so why not add it to a turkey?

Share this fun recipe with your friends and family and shake things up this holiday season. After all, everything is better with bacon!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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