Turkey Under a Sheet Recipe – Perfect Every Time!

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Several Thanksgivings ago my stepmom introduced my family to her favorite Thanksgiving recipe, Turkey Under a Sheet. Turkey Under a Sheet is an unconventional way to cook a turkey that yields amazing results! You’ve never tasted a turkey this moist and flavorful! 

Turkey is notorious for stumping novice turkey cookers. Is it done yet? What’s the thermometer at? Has the button popped?

Dang, it’s still not done yet!

Great, looks like we overcooked it. The turkey is so dry!!!

This recipe eliminates all these complaints and cooks the turkey just right every time! When the “sheet” turns a dark golden brown, your turkey is done!

How to make turkey under a sheet

Origins of Turkey Under a Sheet

Last Thanksgiving my stepmom was visiting for Thanksgiving from California. She volunteered to cook her Turkey Under a Sheet. Unfortunately, she left her recipe at home! She made the recipe on a spreadsheet years ago and had kept it with her recipes since.

Imagine her surprise when she decided to Google the recipe on the off-chance that someone else was taught to make turkey using the sheet method, and up popped an “Origins Unknown” Turkey Under-a-Sheet recipe with her very spreadsheet. The very spreadsheet that she created and had stored up with the rest of her recipe collection at home.

Yep, the “Origins Unknown – Turkey Under a Sheet recipe” can be attributed to my stepmom, Catalina. Of course, she didn’t invent the recipe herself. Like most of the recipes we all use, the recipe was created by someone else and handed down. Catalina was simply responsible for writing it down in a spreadsheet and emailing it to friends who requested it where it finally ended up being passed on to people all over the internet.

In an effort to share the best, moist turkey recipe even farther, I thought I’d share her Turkey Under a Sheet Recipe with you all!

Steps to Cooking Your Turkey

  1. Position your turkey in a large roasting pan.
    Pour wine into the cavity of the turkey until a little spills over into the pan. Preparing Turkey for the oven
  2. Saute the garlic in butter. Remove from heat and add all remaining ingredients of the spice mixture (olive oil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, taragon).
    Place bay leaves on the highest points of the turkey to keep it from sticking to the sheet. How to make the best turkey
  3. Cover the turkey with the sheet. (Say “goodnight!”)
    Secure the sheet with a couple of rounds of string around the perimeter of the roasting pan.
    Trim excess sheet to leave a 2 inch ruffle. 
    Mix the four with enough water to make a gooey mix.
    Spread the mix evenly over the sheet from the top to the sides of the pan. making moist turkey recipe
  4. Cook in the oven at 400°F. Cook for 7-9 minutes per pound. You’ll know the turkey is done when your sheet turns a dark golden brown. how to make turkey under a sheet

Note: Your best bet for the “Linen towels” called for in the recipe is to get Flour Sack towels. These are very inexpensive and are “lint free”. I’ve linked to them on Amazon, so if you’re unfamiliar with flour sack towels you can take a look, but I’d recommend picking some up at Target or Walmart, or your local grocery store. They’ll likely be a bit cheaper.

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Nutrition

Calories

1405 cal

Fat

103 g

Carbs

105 g

Protein

18 g
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Turkey Under a Sheet Recipe

20 minPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

3 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 bottle dry white wine
  • 4-6 bay leaves
  • 1 Cup flour
  • Enough water to make a gooey flour water mixture
  • Spice Mixture
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2/3 TBSP rosemary
  • 2/3 TBSP oregano
  • 1/3 TBSP thyme
  • Dash taragon
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • One new white linen dish towel
  • Kitchen twine

Instructions

  • Position your turkey in a large roasting pan.
  • Pour wine into the cavity of the turkey until a little spills over into the pan.
  • Saute the garlic in butter. Remove from heat and add all remaining ingredients of the spice mixture (olive oil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, taragon).
  • Place bay leaves on the highest points of the turkey to keep it from sticking to the sheet.
  • Cover the turkey with the sheet. (Say "goodnight!")
  • Secure the sheet with a couple of rounds of string around the perimeter of the roasting pan.
  • Trim excess sheet to leave a 2 inch ruffle.
  • Mix the four with enough water to make a gooey mix.
  • Spread the mix evenly over the sheet from the top to the sides of the pan.
  • Cook in the oven at 400°F. Cook for 7-9 minutes per pound. You'll know the turkey is done when your sheet turns a dark golden brown.
  • *Note: a 24 lb. turkey is done in 3 hours.

Notes

Variations: Start with beer instead of wine.

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