Cooking turkey drumstick. Turkey leg or a turkey drumstick is a good choice because it is quite reasonably priced. Whether you roast it, grill it or air fry it, we have cooking instructions for you. Translation in French : cuisse de dinde.
Turkey leg drumstick
How do I cook turkey drumstick?
- Preparing turkey
- Cooking a turkey leg in an oven
- Cooking turkey legs in an air fryer
- Cooking turkey legs in a slow cooker
What to pair turkey with?
Mashed potatoes or green beans pair really well with a turkey leg; Roasted parsnip or sweet potato casserole are other options. Wine pairing? Think Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.
Preparing turkey. Turkey is usually sold frozen in supermarkets, so you’ll need to allow enough time to thaw it before cooking. A good rule of thumb is to allow 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.
Once the turkey is thawed, you’ll need to remove the giblets (the heart, liver, and other organs) from the cavity. These can be saved for making gravy or discarded. Next, rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
You can also buy turkey breasts or a turkey roast or turkey legs at the store. Those do not require any special preparation.
Cook a turkey leg in oven
Cooking a turkey leg in an oven. Roasting is one of the most popular ways to cook turkey legs (or drumsticks), and for good reason. It’s a simple and straightforward method that allows you to enjoy the full flavor of the meat. To roast a turkey leg:
1. Preheat your oven to 360°F (180°C).
2.Place the leg on a baking sheet and season them with salt, pepper, and any other spices or herbs you like.
Use our calculator to determine the cooking time for your turkey leg.
For instance a 2 lbs-turkey leg will need 45 minutes to cook at 360°F (180°C).
Cook turkey leg in air fryer
Cooking turkey legs in an air fryer. Be careful when you buy turkey drumsticks if you want to cook them in an air fryer: if they’re too big they won’t fit or they could burn if they touch the top of the basket.
1. Preheat your airfryer at 400°F (200°C)
2. Rub your turkey legs with a mixture of butter/oil and spices (my personal favorite is a mixture of butter with garlic powder and dried parsley).
3. Place the turkey drumsticks in the air fryer basket and spray them with a little oil.
4. Cook for 40 minutes, flipping the drumsticks halway through.
Cook turkey leg in slow cooker
Cooking turkey legs in a slow cooker. Slow cooking is a great option if you want tender, fall-off-the-bone turkey drumsticks. This method requires a bit more time, but it’s worth the wait. To slow cook turkey legs:
1. Place the turkey legs in a slow cooker with your choice of vegetables, herbs, and spices.
2. Add sauce (I love a mixture of ketchup, paprika, garlic powder and water) and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the meat is tender and cooked through.
Turkey belongs to the same family as chickens, ducks, and geese. It is a lean meat that is low in fat and high in protein. Turkey is also a good source of vitamins B6 and B12, as well as minerals like zinc and potassium.