Roasted Turkey

We like turkey in my house so we have it several times a year. This is a great way to feed a crowd, its also a great “to-go” meal for someone who needs it and it definitely works for Thanksgiving. Since we are only two, we have our butcher cut the turkey in half. Half gets roasted in a day or two and the other half goes in the freezer or to a friend in need.

Roasted Turkey


  • Turkey (thawed, rinsed and giblet package removed - beware, they hide the giblet package in the neck cavity)
  • 3 or 4 oranges
  • Roaster bag (turkey size)
  • Seasoning (I use Canadian Chicken Seasoning but you can use anything you like)
  • Flour, 1 tbsp.


Season your turkey, or in this case, your 1/2 turkey.
Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of flour in the bottom of the roaster bag so it doesn't explode in your oven. I then hold the bag closed and give it a good shake. Place the turkey in the roaster bag with the oranges. The oranges help keep the turkey moist and you really don't taste them. Close the bag with the little gizmo provided with the bag. Well, what do you call it? Place the turkey (in the bag) in a shallow roasting pan.
Poke a few holes in the bag, so it doesn't explode in your oven. Yes nonexplosive measures are necessary. Place in a preheated 350F oven. Roast for about 3 or 4 hours for a half turkey. If you can freely move the turkey leg (yes, you can grasp it through the bag - but use a pot holder), its done.
Cut the bag open and let the turkey rest for just a few minutes. I often don't follow my own advice.
Carefully (I say carefully because it will be tender and may fall apart) move your turkey to a platter or, if its destined 'to go' (as this one is), a foil-lined foil pan. I know, it sounds redundant but you know what I mean. You don't? Look...
Here it is ready for the road if that's the case. Call the lucky soul and announce that Meals on Wheels is on the way.

This “traveler” is accompanied with Dressed Up Box Stuffing and Turkey gravy. The gravy is made with Turkey Broth from a box or a can and thickened with a slurry of hot tap water and corn starch. Trust me when I tell you you will be welcomed with open arms and probably a big grin.

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