1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

1/2 cup butter, cubed

2 apples, cored and halved

1 tablespoon garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

2/3 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne


Preheat oven to 350F. 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.