1 turkey, approx. 18 lbs.*
Salt and pepper
Olive oil or softened butter
1/2 onion, peeled and quartered
Tops and bottoms of a bunch of celery
Baking bag (in the foil aisle, make sure you get one large enough) and 2 TBS flour
Remove giblets bag and neck from turkey body cavity and pat bird dry. DO NOT RINSE!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and remove top baking rack and move bottom baking rack to lowest position.
Generously salt and pepper, and Poultry season the INSIDE cavities of the turkey. In the abdominal cavity place the onion, celery, carrots and turkey neck (these will all season the stock made while cooking the turkey).
Butter or oil the outside of the bird, then salt and pepper, and Poultry season to taste. Tuck the wings back to prevent burning the tips.
Prepare the baking bag according to directions, adding flour to bag. Place turkey in baking bag. Place into large roasting pan and place in oven. Follow baking bag suggestions for cooking time. Approx 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
Remove from oven and let rest before carving. Use stock from cooking bag to make gravy.
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