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Turkey In The Sack

  • Serves 14-16.


  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 14-16-lb. turkey
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons hot water
  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • 1 large brown paper sack


Preheat oven to 325°. Combine pepper, salt, seasoned salt, paprika, and hot water. Let stand 15 minutes. Add peanut oil and mix thoroughly. Turkey cannot exceed 16 pounds and ideally should be between 14-16 pounds. Wash and dry turkey. Rub oil mixture inside and outside of turkey. Pour remaining oil into large brown paper sack, like a grocery bag. It is very important that you rub the oil inside the sack until every pore in every inch of the sack is sealed. Add additional oil if needed. Place turkey in the sack, breast side up. Fold over end of sack and tie securely with string. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes per pound. The sack is airtight so the turkey will cook by steam. Be careful when opening the bag: steam is very hot. Check that juices in the deepest part of the thigh run clear.

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