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Cold Weather Calls for Comfort Food: Turkey Drumsticks with Apple Stuffing

turkey drumsticks with apple stuffing
Cathy Kates

Ok, the middle drumstick does NOT look appetizing, but they taste yummy!  With the recent snow storm and cold temps I started digging through my cookbooks to come up with a nice comfort dinner for my husband when he came in from moving snow.  I’ve made this before and it’s just as good as Thanksgiving dinner, just on a smaller scale and much easier!  Give it a whirl!

The plus side to this recipe is it’s from Pillsbury’s “Money Saving Meals” cookbook, so you’re saving some jing too!  The only thing I did differently is sprinkled a little garlic pepper seasoning on the turkey legs before I cooked it for a little flavor.

Start with the Apple Stuffing.  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 C sliced celery
  • 1/4 C chopped onion
  • 3 C sage and onion flavor dry stuffing bread cubes (yes, I found it packaged just like that)
  • 1 C chopped apple
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 C water

I haven’t tried this with chicken, but don’t see why any fowl wouldn’t work.  For the Turkey Drumsticks you need:

  • 4 turkey drumsticks (about 2lbs, although my package only came in 3’s, so I went with it)
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/8 t dried thyme leaves
  • a sprinkle of garlic pepper seasoning (which isn’t in the original recipe, but I added for flavor)

Easy to assemble directions:

Oven should be at 350 and your 13×9 pan should be well greased.  I also lined my pan with tin foil for easier clean-up after dinner.  Melt 2 T butter in a medium to large sauce pan, you’ll need to add the dry stuffing cubes to this pan, so make sure you have room.  Add the celery and onion and cook 5 minutes while stirring, or until they are crispy-tender.  Remove from heat and immediately stir in the remaining stuffing ingredients mixing gently.  Then spoon the stuffing into one of the 13×9 pan.

Put your drumsticks in the other side of the pan alternating direction as I did in the picture.  In the same saucepan you used for the stuffing, melt 2 T butter, then stir in the thyme.  Brush this mixture over the turkey legs, sprinkle the garlic pepper on and cover with tin foil.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the turkey juices run clear after piercing them with a fork.  To brown the turkey legs, uncover ONLY them during the last 20 minutes of baking.

Enjoy!  Let me know what you think, if you get a chance to make them.

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