This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland! The first snow of the year always gets me excited, it is absolutely beautiful and it puts me in the mood for the holidays. Maybe cookies are going to be the next blog post who knows...
Before my life turned into a winter wonderland, I was thinking all about turkey, and the upcoming Thanksgiving. Let me explain something to you about me and Thanksgiving, we have a little..just kidding it is a LARGE love affair. I have been cooking Thanksgiving for my family and extended family, and now in laws for years. My biggest group was 35 people one year, that is why I like to think of myself as the Queen of Thanksgiving. Well, this year I have asked to have the year off, and to be honest as the day is approaching I am stressing out. I am feeling the void, and clearly filling the void with cooking at my house. So when I was at the store yesterday humming along to the christmas music I saw the turkey legs and a warmth filled my heart. I knew they had to come home with me and be my center of attention.
Once I got home I started thinking about what I was doing and saying... "just the legs, that is very barbaric"...I feel like I am in the medieval times! That is when I went for the old un polished silver platters and my grandma's old lace table cloth. These turkey legs are going to be fit for a King...and by that I mean a Queen.
If you are curious how I cooked the turkey legs it was very simple, a few carrots and celery in the bottom of the pan with a spice rub on the legs and we were good to go. Start with pre heating your oven to 350*, your turkey legs are going to cook for 1.5 hours.
Once you have finished rubbing the delicious spice rub all over your turkey legs it is time to chop up some carrots, celery and onion to put in the bottom of your roasting pan. This will help with making your gravy and adds a lot of delicious flavors. Sprinkle your delicious and gorgeous mise en plase with some salt and pepper to give it a little love. I also added about 1 cup of vegetable stock to the bottom of the pan to add moisture, and help with basting.
Yum! Celery has never looked so delicious! In to the oven we go! It was weird, I was feeling very barbaric in the beginning, and once I put the turkey legs over the carrots, and celery, all of a sudden I thought these legs looked amazing! Even Matt liked the raw image of the legs more...very weird.
Seriously...did i just make raw turkey look sexy? Anyways, I covered my roasting pan with some tin foil and put the whole sha bang in the oven for about 60 minutes. After 60 minutes I took the tin foil off and roasted the turkey legs for another 30 minutes to give it a nice crispy skin.
And Voila...turkey legs fit for a Queen!
Need some equipment?
if you don't have a good roasting pan, I HIGHLY recommend you getting one that will last you through the holidays! I LOVE mine...it has saved me so much time and effort. And if you are in a rush and don't want to make your own spice mix you can use this one that I found and it is delicious!