Easy Thanksgiving recipes for college students should accommodate the possible living arrangements that students away from home will face this coming Turkey Day. Living almost directly across the street from Boise State University has reminded me of the days that I lived in a dorm. While many students will go home for the holidays, I wanted to write something for the students, who like me, spent many a holiday away from home.
I would have been intimidated if I had tried one of my mom’s turkey recipes for Thanksgiving. It just seemed too complicated. The bird seemed too big too handle, and I didn’t have the proper equipment for baking a turkey I didn’t think.
Cooking turkey in a bag counts as one of the easiest ways to make the Thanksgiving bird. Add this to your other easy Thanksgiving recipes for a feast that you can share with your friends at school. Don’t forget to look up other holiday favorites like green bean casserole and homemade pecan pie!
- 1 oven bag, make sure it’s large enough for a turkey
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 med. onion
- 1 turkey, up to 24 lbs.
- 2 Tbsp veggie oil. For extra flavor, use melted butter
- 1 Tbsp sage
- 1 tsp seasoned salt, basil, thyme & rosemary, dried
- ½ tsp pepper
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour flour in oven bag. Seal the bag and shake the bag so that the flour coats the inside of it.
- Put the bag into a roasting pan. Pan should be at least 2-inches high.
- Use a non-stick cooking spray to grease the inside of the bag.
- Put the onions and celery into the bag.
- Clean the turkey of the neck and the giblets.
- Rinse the bird. Use a paper towel to pat dry.
- Brush the butter or the oil onto the turkey.
- Mix the seasonings in a bowl, then sprinkle then over the turkey. Make sure the turkey gets an even coat of them.
- Put the turkey in the bag over the veggies.
- Tie the bag shut, using a nylon tie.
- Cut slits in the top of the bag. 6 or 8 1/2-inch cuts should be sufficient.
- Insert the meat thermometer. Push it into the thickest part of the thigh (through the bag).
- Tuck in the ends of the bag.
- The turkey will be done when the thermometer reads 180 degrees.
- Allow the Thanksgiving turkey to sit in the bag in the oven for 15 minutes before removing it.
- Slit the top of the bag open to remove the turkey from the bag.
- Baking times: 8 to 12 lbs = 2 hours; 12 to 16 lbs = 2 to 2.5 hours; 16 to 20 lbs = 2.5. to 3 hours; 20 to 24 lbs = 3. to 3.5 hours.
- For more variety, cut up carrots and place them in the bag as well.
- For other easy Thanksgiving recipes, check out the bacon stuffing recipe in the video attached to this article.