I mistakenly decided to go grocery shopping with my P.S. the other day. He does the shopping, does it well, and I am best far away when he is bouncing all over a grocery store filling a cart. But it was one of those times when we’d been visiting somewhere and needed a couple of things on the way home. I said yes to shopping and lived to regret it.
I’m clueless in the meat department, standing and looking at all the dead animals cut into pieces. I’m not a PETA fan or vegan or anything; I just don’t much like looking at raw meat. It’s too close to what it used to be, in my mind. It’s easier to take one piece at a time, coming out of my own fridge.
So my P.S. is bouncing away to the meat counter to get ground pork and tells me to look for other things. I’m assuming he means other things I am going to actually cook, so I head for the chicken and turkey sections. It’s just not as bloody, ya know? Turkey drumsticks seemed like a really great idea. I picked up a package of 3, deciding they could have a crockpot roasting.
My P.S. was appalled when he saw the drumsticks in our cart. He frowned and said I’d told him I hated them, why did I choose them now? I corrected him and said I hate, hate, hate to pull the meat off of them on holidays; they are so much work for so little meat. But if roasted long enough the meat almost jumps off the bones. He did his patented “women are impossible to understand” shrug then threw me a side-eye and walked away.
Two days later I needed to get the turkey legs roasted, so I took them out and seared them on several sides, then put them into the slow cooker. I put the cooker on its base and turned it on high and covered it. I let them roast for 8 hours, then removed them to a platter and let them cool to handling.
The meat was very easy to strip from the bones on my way to bed. I refrigerated my roasted turkey for future use and was happy.
Two more days passed before we had an evening where we weren’t entertaining or dining out, and turkey sounded like a quick, easy meal. We cheated and made boxed mashed potatoes, which I love but my P.S. just tolerates. While he made them, I heated up the turkey drippings I’d saved and made gravy. I also heated the turkey in the microwave.
I had a loaf of crusty Italian bread which we sliced and made sandwiches out of, then added the potatoes to the plate and drizzled gravy over the top of it all. We decided that was such a filling plate, we skipped a veg that night.
The meat was still nice and moist, the gravy had great flavor. I like that it was easy to forget about the drumsticks for 8 hours in the slow cooker, then have turkey on hand for a day when we both came home late and were too tired to be very creative in the kitchen. I should do that more often. I would be planning ahead to not have to plan ahead. Or something like that.
Crockpot Turkey Drumsticks
3# turkey drumsticks
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
Water to an inch depth in slow cooker
Add oil to the skillet and heat on medium high. Salt and pepper the drumsticks liberally, then brown on all sides in the heated skillet or a slow cooker that can be used on the stovetop.
Set slow cooker on the heated base or remove drumsticks from skillet into a crockpot. Add water to equal one inch in depth, cover and roast for 8 hours on high.
Remove drumsticks to a platter and let cool for 30 minutes. Remove meat from bone and refrigerate until used. Store turkey drippings in a container in the fridge to use in gravy later.
Turkey drippings + turkey broth to equal about 3 cups total
4 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup cold water
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat drippings in a saucepan to bubbling boil; dissolve cornstarch in water and slowly add to saucepan, stirring constantly. Turn burner down to medium and continue stirring and cooking for 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if desired. Serve over warmed turkey or potatoes.