Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Talkin' Turkey

Contrary to popular belief, Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the only suitable times for some turkey in our lives. Alternately, we consume so much on those occasions, we almost don't want to see it for the subsequent time between the holidays. There are other ways to enjoy the soothing and savory bird without having to be responsible for finishing off 14lbs. of it in every from from turkey hash, turkey casseroles, turkey sandwiches, did i say turkey sandwiches :), turkey potpie, and turkey and gravy, turkey and turkey!! You get my drift. For an off season change of pace, consider smoked turkey wings and drumsticks. I have a quick and amazing recipe to get just enough turkey in your life to look forward to his next visit. Comforting and relatively maintenance free, this recipe is great for a laid back overcast day, when rain is just beyond the horizon and pajama shorts, boxers and ragged t-shirts seem to be the attire of choice... Turkey in the Off Season 4 lb. smoked turkey wings and drumsticks 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced 2 stalks celery, cut in fifth's 2 carrots, cut in thirds 1 large onion, quartered 1 bay leaf
1 soft chicken bouillon cube, or 4 c. low sodium chicken broth water olive oil for drizzling Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste In a dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot, heat olive oil to medium high. Add veggies and bouillon and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add rinsed turkey parts,and fill vessel until wings and drumsticks are just covered with water. ( This is where you add the broth in place of water, then fill rest of way with water) Bring up to a boil, and reduce heat to medium. Cook at a rolling simmer for several hours, until fork tender and falling away from the bones. Be sure to check liquid levels periodically and meat is always submerged until the last 30 minutes. At which point, let the liquid concentrate by reduction and coat turkey pieces. Season to taste as desired. Serve crusty bread and some greens for a southern comfort feel and a happy face to boot.

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