If you’re looking for an inexpensive entree, look no further than Crockpot Glazed Turkey Legs. Turkey is generally cheaper than chicken these days and has a richer flavor. Turkey legs are muscular, so they require long, slow cooking or braising. Your crockpot comes to the rescue in this case. It’s the perfect method to tenderize tough meats with the added benefit of requiring no babysitting in the kitchen. The orange glaze is sweet and spicy — the perfect complement for the rich meat. Lastly, it’s easy to make!
Crockpot Glazed Turkey Legs Recipe
2 cups pulp-free, good quality orange juice (not from concentrate)
2 Tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid hot pepper sauce, or to taste (optional)
3 to 4 turkey legs (2 to 3 pounds)
1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning (about)
1 Tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika (about)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (see Notes)
1/4 cup sliced green onions (scallions) or 1/8 cup sliced chives
For the glaze, place the orange juice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil until the juice is thickened and reduced to 1/2 cup. Whisk in honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce. (The glaze may be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated.)
Season turkey legs with poultry seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Place a deep, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, coat the bottom with olive oil or coconut oil. Quickly sear the turkey legs until browned.
Transfer the browned turkey legs to the crockpot. Pour on half of the glaze. Turn the legs over and coat with the rest of the glaze. They should be thoroughly coated.
Cook on low heat for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. (Timing will depend upon the weight and thickness of the turkey legs.)
Remove turkey legs and keep warm. Pour the juices into a small saucepan and boil until thickened and reduced.
Pour pan sauce over the legs. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds (see Notes below) and sliced green onions. Serve with rice and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Yield: 3 to 4 servings
• To toast sesame seeds, heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until the seeds begin to turn golden. Immediately remove from heat and scrape into a bowl to cool.
• Do use a good-quality orange juice. Cheaper ones and those from concentrate will become bitter when you reduce the liquid.
• If you prefer a thicker gravy, pour the juices into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk 1 Tablespoon of flour into 1/4 cup water and whisk this mixture into the juices.
Crockpot Glazed Turkey Legs Recipe Photo ©2018 Peggy Filippone