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Red-Wine Braised Turkey Drumsticks

Total Time: 3 hours and 5 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Inactive Time: 2 hours
Servings: 2


  • 2 Wholesome Farms Direct Turkey Drumsticks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 thyme sprigs, about 3 inches each
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, about 5 inches each
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 quart homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp sliced chives


  1. Preheat oven to 275°F.
  2. Season turkey drumsticks generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Heat oil in a large oven-safe sauté pan over high heat until shimmering.
  4. Add turkey drumsticks skin-side down.
  5. Cook without moving until deep golden brown which should take about 8 minutes.
  6. Flip legs and cook until second side is browned which should take another 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer turkey to a large plate.
  8. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, and rosemary to the same pan.
  9. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are well browned, which should take about 8 minutes.
  10. Add wine, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, which should take about 5 minutes.
  11. Add stock and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
  12. Add turkey drumsticks into pan so that they are surrounded by the vegetables and only the skin is exposed.
  13. Transfer to oven and cook, uncovered, until drumsticks are fall-apart tender and the sauce is reduced, which should be about 2 hours.
  14. Carefully remove from oven and transfer turkey drumsticks to a plate using a slotted spatula.
  15. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl.
  16. Discard solids.
  17. Skim excess fat from surface and discard.
  18. Set liquid aside.
  19. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  20. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  21. Slowly whisk in hot turkey cooking liquid until smooth.
  22. Bring to a boil to thicken, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  23. Carve turkey drumsticks. 
  24. Transfer to a serving platter.
  25. Sprinkle with chives and serve with hot gravy.

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