I have several recipes ready for the weeks to come. However tonight's dinner was just so great I could not contain my excitement.
I present to you.....
The Pumpkin Glazed Drumstick.
A couple weeks ago my husband took some time off from work and we brought the three kids to the local fair. We thought by doing this, that we would earn some extra cool parent points. That the kids would have fun, we would tire them out and when we returned home they would be happy, friendly kids who wanted to sleep.
This particular fair is usually only 20 minutes from our house. However this day, the drive took us 1.5 HOURS. The traffic was so horrendous. Then we arrived to complete chaos. The fair was so crowded we were scared one of the kids would get separated from us. So we were a both a bundle of nerves the whole time. We saw a few animals, which was always fun. Then we went to hunt for something to eat. After a couple hours of grumpy unhappy kids... all I wanted was one of those epic smoked turkey legs.
We looked high and low and I couldn't find them anywhere! Not only did the kids leave the fair bummed out because there were no games and hardly any animals... I was totally pissed off that they didn't have turkey legs!
I wanted to somehow tie my craving for turkey legs into #30DaysOfPumpkin. What better way then to make a sticky, sweet and savory glaze and oven roast them?
My husband thought I was crazy when I told him what was simmering on the stove, but after one bite he thought I was pure awesomeness.
Pumpkin Glazed Turkey Legs
4 large turkey legs
1 cup pumpkin puree ( I used fresh, however you can also use canned)
1 cup hard cider (you can also used non-alcoholic)
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbs stone ground mustard
3 tbs brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 cinnamon stick
1 sprig of rosemary
Sea salt and fresh Rosemary sprigs for serving
Preheat oven to 325.
Meanwhile prepare glaze. Add all of the glaze ingredients into a medium sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until it has thickened into a sauce (think BBQ).
Pat turkey legs dry and place on a baking sheet.
Using a pastry brush, brush each turkey leg with the glaze.
Bake for about 15 minutes. Apply a second coat of glaze and then return to the oven.
Turn heat up to 400 degrees and roast for an additional 25 minutes. Stopping half way to apply a third coat of the pumpkin glaze. I went for a fourth coat 5-10 minutes before they were due to be done, this is optional.
To serve, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh rosemary.