We discovered the slow cooker is by far our favorite way to cook turkey legs. When you do nothing more than add salt and pepper and cook low and slow, the meat ends up so tender you can pull it cleanly off the bone with your fingers. It tastes so delicious we end up with nothing left but a pile of shiny white bones and tendons. There are so many little bones in turkey legs a lot of it usually ends up not getting eaten. Carnivals are always full of people walking around with a carnage-covered turkey bone. The slow cooker totally solves this problem, and the flavor and texture of the turkey soar.
Simplicity is the key here. Using only salt and pepper lets the turkey flavor shine. Not using any liquid keeps the turkey intact; the bird will still be plenty moist. I threw in an onion and a potato this time, but you don’t have to. This will take five minutes to throw together and might be the best turkey legs you’ve had.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Fall-off-the-bone tender slow cooker turkey legs
Recipe by Destination Belly
Serves 2 (one turkey leg each- we had leftovers)
2 turkey legs, with skin and bone
1 yellow onion, chopped (optional)
1 red potato, chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper
Salt and pepper the turkey legs. Place in slow cooker with potato and onion (if using). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve warm.
6/4/2017 07:48:09 pm
We've been doing this with whole chickens lately. Just salt and pepper, sometimes with a little garlic powder, and usually with potato, onion, and/or carrot. No water. The skin doesn't crisp up but the meat is amazing! And it's so easy.
Hillary @ Destination Belly
6/5/2017 02:21:11 pm
We do the same thing with chickens too, Meadow! We've been really appreciating simply seasoned meat lately. We found that the meat flavor from the slow cooker is so complex, it just masks it when you add much beyond salt and pepper.
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My name is Hillary. This blog is about the everyday food I prepare in my kitchen, with tips and recipes for easy, wholesome, and diet friendly meals. I have been chanting "cheese please!" since I was a toddler, although lately I've cut back on dairy.