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Mar 9, 2007 02:01 PM

Turkey Thighs In The House. Ideas?

I just bought two fresh turkey thighs.

Besides a nice roasting, anyone have any ideas?

I've got a crockpot if that inspires you.

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  1. If you decide to roast them and have leftovers, I suggest a turkey pot pie. I just pulled some leftover turkey I had in the freezer out and made one tonight. Pretty easy, and a nice warm way to end the work week.

    1. Just so happens I was thinking about posting this...

      I had two turkey thighs which I skinned, salted, then let sit in some seasoned (pepper and herbes de Provence, but that's variable) olive oil while they came up to room temp. Then I browned them in my enameled iron pot, stirred in a chopped onion, poured in a cup of chicken broth, put the lid on and stuck it in a 350º oven for an hour. When the turkey was done, I cut the meat off the bone and chopped it into bite-sized chunks. Then:

      8-12 oz. elbow macaroni
      4-5 canned Italian plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
      4 canned whole green chiles (Ortega!), chopped
      1/2 onion, finely chopped
      oil as needed, s&p

      While the pasta is cooking, cook the onion in oil until it begins to soften, then add the tomatoes and chiles. When these have become soft and melty, stir in the turkey meat and a cup or so of the broth, and keep warm. When the pasta is still on the firm side of al dente, drain it, then combine it with the other stuff. Add broth or water if needed to have enough to come not quite to the top layer of pasta. I grated a combination of sharp cheddar and jalapeño jack over the top, but I'm like that - you could grate parmesan, or use buttered crumbs, whatever. Anyway, this goes in the oven for about half an hour, until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid absorbed. We had the leftovers for lunch today, and my wife said, "You've never made this before, but you're going to have to make it again...you DID write it down, I assume." To which I can now honestly reply, "Yes, I did!"

      1. Arroz con pollo - sounds boring - but it is fantastic when well made

        1. Turkey Osso Bucco. Prepared the same way that you would do veal shanks.

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          1. re: whs

            I've done this using a Lamb Shanks recipe and thought it turned out well.

            But my first preference would be Mole.

          2. smoked ....if one had a smoker

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            1. re: nyfoodjoe


              I usually smoke a few and keep them to make a healthier red beans and rice. Or anything else you'd put a pork hock in.