Roasted Turkey Drumsticks with Wine Sauce

    4 hours 20 minutes

    Brining the turkey drumsticks for a couple of hours helps keep them moist and delicious as they roast.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/2 cup (145g) salt
    • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
    • 4 turkey drumsticks
    • 2 cups (500ml) white wine
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) pomegranate molasses
    • 1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) molasses
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) tomato sauce
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 4 tablespoons dried sage leaves, divided
    • 4 tablespoons dried thyme leaves, divided

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Extra time:2hours soaking  ›  Ready in:4hours20min 

    1. Place the salt and sugar into a large resealable bag. Pour in enough water to cover the turkey legs, and squeeze the bag to dissolve salt and sugar. Immerse the turkey legs in the brine, and seal the bag. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to brine.
    2. In a saucepan, stir together the white wine, pomegranate molasses, brown sugar, regular molasses, vinegar, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half. Season with 1 tablespoon of sage and 1 tablespoon of thyme. Taste and adjust sugar, salt and pepper if desired.
    3. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Remove the turkey legs from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Discard the brine. Heat a large oven-proof frypan over medium-high heat. Cast iron will work well. Fry the turkey, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Place the pan with the turkey into the oven.
    4. Roast uncovered for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and turn legs over. Season with some of the remaining thyme and sage, and spoon some of the sauce onto the legs to coat. Return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes.
    5. Repeat the seasoning and baste with the sauce again, and return to the oven. Roast for 15 more minutes, then test for doneness. Serve turkey with remaining sauce on the side.

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    I just took some worcestershire sauce some red onions ,salt,pepper,garlic powder,un seasoned meat tenderizer,honey.covered in pan with foil 300 degress 1 1/2 hours came out so good meat falling off the bone  -  04 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    We loved this, served it up to the inlaws on a bed of couscous. It took a while to make, but it was really delicious. The only problem was that we didn't make enough for left overs!  -  15 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a fantastic everyday turkey recipe! Everyone loved it!  -  13 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)