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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve warm with mashed potatoes and the sauce spooned on top.