Every Thanksgiving, home cooks across America try to outdo themselves by preparing the most over-the-top turkeys. Sometimes that involves applying a bacon lattice around the bird, frying it like a giant hot wing, or stuffing it with other, smaller forms of poultry. And now, the people at Reynolds Wrap are introducing a new way to bring the thunder to Thanksgiving dinner: smother the whole damn turkey in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
The kitchen product manufacturer has a step-by-step guide to making “flavor blasted turkeys” on its homepage, presumably to help move some of the company’s Oven Bags. The TL;DR: Take a bag of your favorite hot corn puffs (the recipe doesn’t specify Cheetos, so feel free to use use Takis if that’s your jam), blend the chips into a fine dust, coat your trussed-and-buttered turkey with the powder, put the carcass in a Reynolds Oven Bag, and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees till the thickest part of the thigh reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees.
Reynolds also notes that you can use this same technique to make another version using tangy chips like Cool Ranch Doritos. But if you want to go for the gold at your holiday table, it’s probably a wise move to turn up the heat with the Internet’s favorite spicy snack — just make sure to have plenty of water (or beer or cider) on hand.
• Flavor Blasted Turkeys [Reynolds]