When I got married and we started having kids, it became harder and harder to travel for Holidays. Once I decided I wanted to cook Thanksgiving turkey at home on my own, I asked my Mom what she did, expecting a huge lecture on how to do it & what I needed. But honestly, she told me she has used Reynolds Oven Bags for years & just follows the recipe inside. That’s it! Well, shoot even *I* could do that. And for the last 8 or so years, that’s exactly what I have been using. Every year, I buy the Reynolds Oven Bags and our turkey comes out great every single time.
But the best part is, you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to get help from Reynolds Oven Bags! You can use them to make a roast, cook a whole chicken, lamb or whatever main dish you’d like. You can ever add things to the bag, like potatoes and carrots, so your main dish and side dish are done in one bag. Easy prep & easy clean up!
Included with the oven bags is a handy chart that shows you exactly what kind of meat you can add to the bag & how long it should cook for, depending on the cut of the meat & how much it weighs. Here’s a great recipe to get you started:
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup beef broth
- 4 shallots, peeled sliced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 pounds beef chuck pot roast, trimmed of fat
- 4 cups hot cooked rice
- Chopped green onions and/or sesame seeds (optional)
- PREHEAT oven to 325°F. Do not exceed 400°F. Add flour to a Reynolds® Large Oven Bag. Shake. Place bag in a roasting pan at least 2 inches deep.
- PLACE carrots, broth, shallots, soy sauce, ginger, honey, and garlic in bag. Gently squeeze to blend. Add meat to bag.
- CLOSE bag with tie (found inside package). Holding the bag upright, cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag to allow steam to escape. Tuck ends of bag in pan.
- PLACE pan in oven, allowing room for bag to expand during cooking without touching heating elements, wall, or racks. Bag should not hang over pan.
- BAKE about 2 1/2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
- CUT open top of oven bag carefully. Remember: Always support bag with pan.
- SERVE roast, vegetables, and cooking liquid over hot cooked rice. Garnish with green onions and/or sesame seeds, if desired.
You can easily make side dishes, as well. For example, you can make a nice mushroom risotto using Reynolds Oven Bags. You can find the recipe to make Mushroom Risotto on ReynoldsKitchens.com. You can find lots of great tips at recipes at Reynold’s website, plus follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for more info & tips.
Have you ever tried Reynolds Oven Bags? If not, what would you like to make in them first?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.