How to cook those legs and thighs: I slow cook the legs and thighs in a slow cooker with some chicken broth and some seasonings and the real secret is low and slow. I start them in the morning and cook them on low and they are done by the time I get home from work. I don't want the meat to fall off the bone, but it's close to doing so. Remove them from the crock pot and let them cool on a plate. You can strain the liquid from the slow cooker and save for adding to the soup or use for another soup. Once the turkey is cool place them in the fridge over night and then pick them apart cold. It seems easier to separate the meat from all those pesky tendons after it is cold. I've also picked them after letting them cool on the counter. I then use this picked me in the recipe below. If you are one of those folks that swear the turkey legs are no good, then give this cooking method a try and I'm sure you will change your mind.
The first is Turkey, Mushroom and wild rice soup. I found this recipe on a states fish and game website many years ago when I was looking for a way to use the turkey legs and thighs which is the same time I came across the cooking method above. I can't remember which one either but some of you may have seen it.
Turkey, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
- 3-4 cups of cooked turkey, cubed or pulled -I use turkey legs and thighs cooking method above.
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 pkgs of mushrooms sliced - what ever kind you like
- 1 - 2 cups of cooked long grain wild rice
- 1/2 cup of white wine
- 2 cups of milk
- garlic - as much as you like but at least 2cloves - crushed/minced
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, I use shredded
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Water or stock (can use the stock from the crockpot here)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
The next favorite is what we call Turkey Poppers. There are many recipes out there that are the same, but with a different name and no matter what they are called, these are great tasting little treats that everyone enjoys and go a long way when introducing others to eating wild turkey.
Southwest Turkey Poppers
- One Turkey breast - boneless
- Thick sliced hickory smoked bacon- your favorite bacon will work
- jalapeno peppers - sliced
- Southwest salad dressing - substitute your favorite dressing or BBQ sauce.
If you have a favorite wild turkey recipe feel free to share it in the comments section.