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What to do with a large frozen turkey leg

MARISKANY Oct 27, 2011 05:11 AM

Hi - I need some suggesitons on what to do with a large turkey leg that's been in my freezer for about 3 months. I'd love something involving a crockpot.


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    fourunder RE: MARISKANY Oct 27, 2011 05:13 AM

    Turkey Barley Soup

    1. sunshine842 RE: MARISKANY Oct 27, 2011 06:13 AM

      Braise it in your crockpot with a handful of good-quality dried prunes and a dash of cognac or armagnac, then serve over spaetzle or buttered egg noodles.


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        magiesmom RE: sunshine842 Oct 27, 2011 06:15 AM

        YES, Yum.

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          MARISKANY RE: sunshine842 Oct 28, 2011 12:21 PM

          Should I brown it first or add onions, garlic, etc.?

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            sunshine842 RE: MARISKANY Oct 29, 2011 12:35 PM

            yes, brown it first -- onions and/or garlic, as you wish -- very lightly on the garlic, and mild or sweet onions are best, although you can be somewhat liberal with the onions.

            Prunes are an awesome accompaniment for braised meats -- especially pork and turkey -- the sweet-savoury combination is unusual enough to be interesting, but it's absolutely delicious.

            You can add or substitute dried apricots as well.

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              sunshine842 RE: sunshine842 Oct 30, 2011 12:39 PM

              because of this thread, I bought a huge leg this morning and plan to do this in the crockpot in the next couple of days.

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          acgold7 RE: MARISKANY Oct 27, 2011 09:55 AM

          Cacciatore-style, with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, shredded over pasta.

          Or as Carnitas -- Onions, Garlic, Salsa, shredded and put into Corn Tortillas.

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            megjp RE: MARISKANY Oct 30, 2011 12:10 PM

            I made these once and liked 'em: http://www.marthastewart.com/313681/a...

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              wyogal RE: MARISKANY Oct 30, 2011 12:16 PM

              Braise it with cumin, smoked paprika... then shred for tacos.

              1. ChristinaMason RE: MARISKANY Oct 30, 2011 05:37 PM

                Turkey leg makes delicious paprikas. I actually prefer it to chicken!

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