Background and History:
Roasted turkey legs are a savory delight often associated with festive feasts like Thanksgiving, but their culinary history dates back centuries. Turkey was domesticated in ancient Mexico and later brought to Europe, where it became a popular dish. Roasted turkey legs have remained a timeless favorite, appreciated for their juicy, tender meat and rich flavor.
- 4 turkey legs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- Cooking twine (optional)
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, rosemary, paprika, sage, and cayenne pepper. This mixture is your seasoning blend.
- Rub the turkey legs with olive oil, ensuring they are evenly coated.
- Sprinkle the seasoning blend all over the turkey legs, massaging it in for even coverage. If desired, you can tie the turkey legs together with cooking twine to hold them in a neater shape.
- Place the seasoned turkey legs on a roasting pan or a baking sheet with a wire rack.
- Roast in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the turkey legs reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). You can baste them with pan juices during cooking for added moisture.
- Remove the roasted turkey legs from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)
- Calories: 320
- Total Fat: 12g
- Saturated Fat: 2.5g
- Cholesterol: 160mg
- Sodium: 700mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 2g
- Dietary Fiber: 1g
- Sugars: 0g
- Protein: 46g
- Customize the seasoning blend with your favorite herbs and spices.
- Roasted turkey legs are excellent for sandwiches, tacos, or just enjoying on their own.
- Ensure there are no poultry or spice allergies among your diners. Adjust the recipe to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.