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baked turkey legs- connie's

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Connie Ottman
Orlando, FL

I'm a real fan of dark chicken and turkey meat. And I was feeling the season of Autumn. Therefore, bought some turkey legs and history was made. :) This simple, easy recipe smells divine in the oven and tastes the same way on your plate. Leftovers make an excellent turkey pot pie and/or sandwiches. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Have you ever had the urge for roasted turkey but didn't want to roast an entire turkey? Well, this baked turkey leg recipe is your answer. It's all the flavors you get from a whole roasted turkey, but you just get juicy dark meat. So easy to prepare, these turkey legs have the perfect balance of seasoning and a slight citrus flavor. The citrus seems to enhance the flavor of the meat. The skin crisps up perfectly too.

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★★★★★ 2
serves 3-4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For baked turkey legs- connie's

  • 2
    fat turkey legs
  • 1/2 stick
    butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp
    poultry seasoning (more if you like)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1
    lemon or orange, zested
  • 1/4 c
    chicken broth
  • 2 stalk
    celery, peeled and diced (optional)
  • 2
    carrots, diced (optional)

How To Make baked turkey legs- connie's

  • Skin pulled back on the turkey legs.
    Rinse turkey legs and pat dry. Slip the skin of the turkey back over the leg. This is done by slipping your fingers between the skin and meat of the leg.
  • Butter smeared onto the turkey legs.
    Smear butter onto meat on both sides of the leg.
  • Seasoning sprinkled onto the turkey legs.
    Sprinkle meat with poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Securing the skin.
    Secure skin back over the leg.
  • Covering the turkey legs with zest.
    Cover legs on both side with lemon or orange zest.
  • Diced carrots and celery on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
    Place foil in the bottom of a long rectangular pan. If you wish, dice carrots and celery and add to pan.
  • Chicken broth added to the pan.
    Add chicken broth to pan.
  • Adding the turkey legs to the pan.
    Place turkey legs in pan.
  • Roasting the turkey legs.
    Roast legs at 350 degrees for one hour and twenty minutes.
  • Thermometer reading 176.
    CAUTION: Do not over bake and since ovens are different, start checking on the turkey leg temperature after one hour. Turkey temperature should be 175 degrees when you take it from the oven.
  • Letting the turkey legs rest.
    When ready, take turkey legs from oven and let rest 15 minutes to redistribute the juices.
  • Spooning broth over the turkey legs.
    Taste your broth. If it's to your liking, spoon on turkey legs. If not, add salt, pepper, and a little butter and warm. Then spoon over turkey legs.