|Serious Comfort Food|
Recipe adapted from Meals for One or Two
I’ve been wanting to share this wonderfully retro recipe from this classic 1978 cookbook ever since I started Seasonal Eating in 2011. Turkey drumsticks are baked with a wintry mix of finely chopped celery, carrot, and onion. Then the veggies are boiled down into a chunky gravy, flavored with catsup and paprika. The meat stays moist and lends its juice to the gravy because – get this – it’s baked in an oven bag! Just like Mom or Grandma used to make. How fun is that?
|Dinner is Served|
|From Bag to Gravy Pot|
Oven bag notes: follow the directions on your oven bag’s packaging. According to what I’ve read, they can explode. Essentially, you coat the inside of the bag with flour and cut a few little slits in the top. But check your particular bags for any other specifics.
Final note: mashed potatoes are absolutely heavenly with this recipe. Enjoy!
serves 4 - 6
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
¼ - 1/3 cup natural catsup
¾ tsp. salt
1 tsp. sweet paprika
¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. all purpose flour
2 bay leaves
4 turkey drumsticks, about 3 lbs.
¼ cup water
1/3 cup dry white wine
½ tsp. bouillon granules or powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 – 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
1 – 2 tbsp. cold water
Combine chopped celery, onion, and carrot in a medium-size mixing bowl. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup catsup, salt, paprika, and pepper. Stir catsup mixture into veggie mixture. If mixture is too dry to hold together, stir in 1 – 2 tbsp. additional catsup.
Spoon 1 tsp. flour into oven bag and shake around to lightly coat the inside. This apparently prevents the bag from exploding, so don’t skip this step.
Place bag in an 8” x 11” baking pan, or whatever size will fit the drumsticks comfortably. Spread half of the veggie mixture in the bottom of the bag. Add bay leaves. Layer turkey drumsticks over veggies. Top with remaining veggie mixture.
Stir together water, wine, bouillon, and dried oregano. Pour into bag carefully, to one side so it doesn’t disturb the veggie layer.
Close oven bag with its plastic tie. Cut ½ inch holes in the top of bag as directed on bag labeling.
Put turkey into oven on middle rack. Be sure that the oven bag is not hanging over the side of the baking dish, and that it has plenty of room to expand while cooking. Remove oven rack above it if necessary.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, or until turkey is done and veggies are cooked. If drumsticks are large, they can take up to 1½ hours to cook. Check with a meat thermometer threaded through one of the holes in the bag. Temperature should be about 180 - 190 degrees.
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