This recipe makes a deliciously moist turkey.

Sarah
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Tips

Learn more about how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving in our How to Cook a Turkey article!

Nutrition Facts

590.5 calories; 68.2 g protein; 3.6 g carbohydrates; 213.6 mg cholesterol; 207.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2007
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2011
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 over cooked a bit which may have been why mine wasn't as juicy as others mentioned. Overall it was good and the champagne and drippings made a good gravy but I couldn't give this one 5 stars because the flavor was about average and the cooking time was too high and long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2006
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 to serve with the turkey. I also took the turkey out of the roasting bag about 2/3 of cooking time to prevent the skin from sticking to the bag and basted every twenty minutes after that until it was brown and crispy. I highly recommend this recipe!!! The flavor is amazing and it's so easy to prepare! The apples and the champagne really follow through in this recipe, you won't be disappointed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2005
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 is at least 25 lbs - even with the larger turkey you can't go wrong with this recipe! You do need to check it before the end of the cooking time listed, some ovens tend to cook faster than others (like mine!) so you want to make sure you don't over-cook it. And definitely make sure you flour your bag before putting the turkey in. The drippings make an awesome gravy and has been a HUGE hit, one of our guests hates gravy, but when I make this turkey and the subsequent gravy, he can't get enough! I'm looking forward to making this again this year, we're having more guests this year than the last 2, and they're looking forward to having this awesome turkey! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
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 couldn't have been easier. Season it squish some butter under the skin and then pour champagne on in and under the bird's skin tie close the bag and toss it in the oven. I followed another reviewer's suggestion to cook my 12-pound bird at 275 for 2.5 hours removing it from the bag and then returning to the oven for another 45mins to brown the skin. Let it sit for another 20 mins before carving and it was amazing. Everyone raved about how moist and delicious it was. Thanks Sarah for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2004
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 found that out later on and ended up switching bags before I put the turkey in the oven. The turkey was very moist and I added some chicken boulleon to the broth after it was done cooking so I could make gravy that tasted less sweet. I highly recommend this recipe or the homestyle turkey- michagander way on this website. I've only made 2 turkeys in my life and these turned out better than ones family members have made for years (shh don't tell) Good luck! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2005
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 and it didn't cook all the way through in the time allotted. It might be because this was a free range ornagic one but who knows. We laughed tossed it back in and when it came out it was insanely juicy and absolutly amazing. This was the first turkey I have ever cooked and now my family swears that they won't be using any other recipes now it was so good. Thanks so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
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 butter betwen the skin and on the outside I added butter tyme sage and marjoram. This made some tasty skin. My family loved the gravy and moist turkey! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2007
All I have to say is WOW!!!! So perfect and truly THE WORLD'S BEST TURKEY!!!! FOR THE USERS THAT KEEP ASKING: Yes make sure you cut slits in the roasting bag and make sure you flour the bag too or the skin will stick. My turkey was completly wiped off the table and there were only six of us! All gone...I also used the drippings and sauce for gravy and I used the gravy recipe from "Easy Turkey Gravy" and they both combined excellent! This was the first time i made turkey and now I have enough confidence to make Thanksgiving Dinner. TIP: FIRST MAKE THE TURKEY BREAST SIDE DOWN AND IT WILL BE REALLY JUICY. I flipped it back up to the other side the last hour and removed the bag so it could brown. I basted it with melted butter every 20 minutes until it was ready. If you are making your first turkey this is the recipe for you. Thank you for posting this recipe!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2011
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 over cooked a bit which may have been why mine wasn't as juicy as others mentioned. Overall it was good and the champagne and drippings made a good gravy but I couldn't give this one 5 stars because the flavor was about average and the cooking time was too high and long. Read More
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