Thanksgiving Osso Buco

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Author Notes: What to make on Thanksgiving when turkey is a bit too much, when you are planning a romantic dinner for two, when your friends do not like white meat, or simply when you are up for something a little bit more adventurous than just a good old roasted bird. This is a dish that preserves the spirit of the Thanksgiving meal, without really having to do the entire thing. QueenSashy

Food52 Review: This is amazing -- I pretty much licked my plate. This recipe was easy to prepare, made the house smell divine, and in the end the sauce around the turkey legs had thickened into an amazing gravy, studded with little bits of sweetness from the dried apricots and cranberries. I served it with couscous, which was a perfect accompaniment. This is the kind of inventive recipe Food52 is all about! fearlessem

Serves 4

  • 2 pounds turkey drumsticks, cut crosswise into 1 1/2 inch thick pieces (ask your butcher to do it unless you have a chain saw, or like to suffer)
  • 1 finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 8 diced Turkish apricots
  • 16 dried cranberries, halved
  • 1 cup hard cider
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large cast iron casserole or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Season the turkey pieces with salt and pepper and brown them nicely, about two minutes per side.
  3. Remove the turkey from the pan. Add the onion and cook over medium heat, until the onion is very soft and slightly caramelized, for about five minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for another minute. Add the carrots and cook for another five minutes. Stir in the apricots, cranberries, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cider. Place the turkey pieces back into the casserole, coat with the sauce, and bring to simmer.
  4. Cover the casserole with a lid and put it in the oven. Cook until the meat is very tender and begins to fall of the bones, for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. (If it becomes dry during cooking, feel free to add a bit more liquid.)
  5. Adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve warm with mashed potatoes and the sauce spooned on top.
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12 months ago dmichaan

Have you made this ahead of time? It is one of those dishes that improves as it sits or best made to eat right away?!

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12 months ago QueenSashy

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I like it the best right away. However, whenever we have big dinner and I cannot handle everything in one day, I make it the day before. It will be tasty and the flavors will stay about the same, but it will not improve as it ages. One thing to do when you make it ahead is to increase on the liquids, because the turkey will absorb.

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about 1 year ago Qpearls

This looks great! Can you do this in a slow cooker?

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

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Hmm, not sure -- I have never tried it in a slow cooker... Sorry.

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about 1 year ago Scribbles

Not sure how I missed this a year ago…better late to the party than never! I love turkey and have been thinking of recipes for times other than Thanksgiving or Christmas - can't wait to try this - Thanks!

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

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Thank you.

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about 1 year ago mariel

It works well with tempeh, too.
This new Thanksgiving Turkey Song is definitely fun to listen to and can get you in the mood for Thanksgiving food prep. Happy cooking! Just look up Thanksgiving Turkey Song by Ben Lovenheim. It's on youtube.

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about 1 year ago mariel

It works well with tempeh, too.
Just came across this new Thanksgiving Turkey Song that if fun to listen to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving food prep. Happy cooking, and happy listening! http://www.youtube.com...

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about 2 years ago mzchivy

I made this yesterday using chicken thighs. Excellent recipe. The whole smelled great while this was in the oven. Can't wait to try it with turkey. Great recipe QueenSashy!

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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Thank you!

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about 2 years ago Hipimama

Can this recipe work with chicken meat??

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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Yes definitely, but it will require some changes to the recipe. You will have to cut down on the time in the oven (I have not tried this with chicken, but guessing about 35-45 min or so). Also, since chicken will require less time in the oven, you will end up with more liquid-y sauce, which you can then reduce on the stove...

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about 2 years ago fearlessem

For anyone about to make this, make extra! When I tested this recipe I made it with four turkey drumsticks, which was about 3 pounds. I increased everything else by about 50%. Trust me, you're going to want more than just two drumsticks worth when you taste how good this is!

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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:)

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about 2 years ago Kukla

Congratulations on the CP QueenSashy! I know how delicious this dish is; I have been making a very similar recipe for many years. The only difference in my recipe is, I cook it with quince quarters or firm Bask pears halves and use whine instead of dried fruits and cider; and when it is hard to find turkey legs, I make this dish with turkey wing drummets. Next time I will definitely try your recipe.

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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I am definitely going to try it with pears!

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about 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats on the CP -- this is a gorgeous dish!

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

EmilyC, thank you!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats on the CP QueenSashy! This is a great recipe!

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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Thank you!

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about 2 years ago Greenstuff

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I've had my eye on this one--I love your cross-cutting the legs and keeping it mind for a mid-winter party.

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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Thank you Greenstuff! Please let me know how the dish turned out. And good luck with the party.

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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So, so glad this received CP honors. I'd wanted to test it, but could not find any turkey legs, anywhere. It sounds just terrific. I hope to make it soon. ;o)

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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Thank you! Actually, the same thing happened to me when I decided to make this dish -- I had to scout entire Manhattan and a portion of Westchester to find turkey legs. As of two days ago, they are everywhere.

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about 2 years ago fearlessem

Made this tonight and it is exceptional -- SO GOOD. Sent in my review to Amanda and Merrill -- this should be a winner!!

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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fearlessem, thank you so much for letting me know!

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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This is soooo interesting! Love it. ;o)

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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Thank you!

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about 2 years ago aargersi

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LOVE this!!!!! On the to try list for sure ...

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about 2 years ago QueenSashy

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Thanks! Please let me know if you liked it.