August 20, 2014

$2 Dinner for our Whole Family: Crock Pot Turkey

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Over the years, I’ve shared many ways that our family saves money on meats without sacrificing taste or my sons’ need to feed their carnivore selves, but one thing I have never implemented outside Thanksgiving week was to purchase turkey legs.

That is completely changing. Turkey Legs have been overlooked for too long.

My new Turkey Leg crock pot recipe addiction began when my favorite grocer’s meat man eyed me as he was closing down his department for the night. He asked if I wanted these packages.  Yes, he knows my money saving nature too well, and already knew my answer. Even though I had no idea what he was holding, I said, “Of course,” and  he slashed each package to only $1.

Since that evening, I’ve noticed that turkey legs are often marked down. I think it’s probably because typical consumers wonder what in the world to do with turkey legs?

Now believe me when I say you are going to want to search out inexpensive turkey legs and put them in your crock pot. What will occur is the most moist meat, and “fall off the bone” culinary delight which took you only minutes to prepare.

This is a perfect C.O.S.T (cook, once, serve twice or three times) Cooking meal.

I made it for the first time during my Pantry Challenge and I literally was rushing out the door in the morning and had two minutes to throw it together.

I sprinkled the turkey legs with seasoning salt, filled the slow cooker with my two packages of turkey legs, poured one cup of water in the crock pot, dumped in a can of cream of mushroom soup, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and cooked on low all day.

I came home to delicious turkey that literally was falling off the bone it was so good. It was a bit tedious to separate all the meat from the bones, but I wanted to make soup the next day, so I just dumped it all through a colander and that was a snap to do.

What I realize with this recipe is that you can experiment how ever you want. You are always guaranteed very moist meat each time, with various flavors based on what seasonings you choose.

Enjoy this incredibly inexpensive, 5 Minute Meal.

 


Comments

  1. I was just curious what store and where in the meat department you found the turkey legs. I’d love to be able to grab some for a change. We used to love getting the turkey breasts and cooking them in the rotisserie. We could get so many meals off of it but they don’t have them at a good price anymore.

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    Jen Reply:

    I got them at Harris Teeter in the meat department, not the deli section. They are often marked down there, but you could talk to the meat manager and see if they have certain time frames when they are marked down more or go on sale.

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    Amanda Reply:

    @Jen, Thanks! I will check next time I’m at Harris Teeter.

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    Patti Reply:

    @Amanda, WalMart has turkey legs.

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  2. I’ve heard lots of good things about turkey legs recently. I have a leftover turkey leg in my freezer (cooked, as it’s from the christmas turkey) and I was thinking about using it for turkey noodle casserole. If it ends up being that cheap, I will definitely have to check out my local HT for their deals! Thanks for the tip Jen!

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  3. this’d be good with turkey wings also! When halved, already single serving sized!!!

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  4. I love dark meat so I’m loving this recipe. Looking for turkey legs next time I hit the store! thanks for sharing.

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  5. Jackie says:

    Was curious if you could use chicken legs as a substitute.

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, I am sure that would work really well as well. :) The meat falls off the bone. So moist.

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  6. I have had some turkey legs that i got for a little over a dollar on sale in my freezer wondering what to do with it, thank you.

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  7. Your recipe looks delicious. I am, however, searching desperately for a wonderful recipe for turkey drumsticks done in the slow cooker. Some of the ingredients I recall are Worcestershire Sauce, liquid smoke and I believe honey but not sure about the honey. There are other ingredients also. It’s been years since I’ve made them but they are wonderful. I’ve spent hours searching the internet and my house with no luck. Anyone out there able to save me? I’m going to keep everything crossed and believe someone has it for me.

    Thanks to everyone reading this and HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL.

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  8. If you were going to place the crockpot on low, would you cook them for 4-6 hours? I just wanted to ask seeing as the time was omitted from the original recipe.

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    Jen Reply:

    I’m sorry, since I did it on high, I left that out. I would guess it would be on low for 6 hours. You could check after 4 to see how they are doing. Longer for turkey legs would not hurt it if you were gone for the day though. It would just probably fall right off the bone. :)

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  9. Gwyn Walton says:

    I came across this recipe when serving the web for crock pot turkey leg recipes. I decided this was the one that sounded the best. I am so glad I did. The meat was so delicious and of course it fell right off the bone. I cut up some carrots, celery, and onion I added the garlic a minute before adding the wine. I used oregano, sage, basil, thyme and a little rosemary. I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt but added salt to the paprika mixture. I used 1/2 cup of white wine to the veggies and about that much to de-glaze the pan. before putting the legs in the crock pot I sprinkled them all over with the paprika mixture. I through it all in the crock pot along with the bits in the pan and cooked it on high for 4 1/2 hours. It was all the rave at the family dinner table. I will definitely be making this next year and most likely from here on out. No more dry turkey legs! YAY! Thanks for posting this recipe.

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    Jen Reply:

    Oh Gwyn – that makes me happy to hear. Glad that it was enjoyed by all. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

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