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