The Croods Favorite Roasted Turkey Legs

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Have you seen the preview for the  The Croods , the new 3D comedy adventure from DreamWorks Animation?

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It looks like the most adorable movie ever.
To give you the Cliff Notes version….
The movie is about a prehistoric family, including an over protective father, a free spirit teenage daughter, a loving Mother, two younger little ones and of course a Mother-In-Law who are all forced to leave their cave when it is destroyed. They find a new land filled with firsts and all sorts of new creatures and dangers.
Even though the story takes place in prehistoric times, I think we are all going to be able to relate to all of the family shenanigans.

Meet the family……………..

Grug

Ugga

Eep

Thunk

Sandy

Gran

How can you not love them already???

The film studio asked me to create a fun family dinner fit for a caveman.

In the movie, they chase an intriguing creature for a meal called a Ramu. It’s a hybrid creature, part ram, part emu.

I immediately thought of a ” Ramu Leg”, but I was pretty sure that my local grocery store didn’t sell Ramu legs.

Turkey legs were the next best thing!

I can’t think of anything more prehistoric than a big ol’ turkey leg. You?

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The Croods hits a theater near you on March 22nd.
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Start of with 4-6 Turkey Legs

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Get your brine ingredients together, Kosher Salt,Honey,Peppercorns and lemon.

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In a large vessel, pour in the honey

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Next the Peppercorns

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Dump in the salt

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Squeeze and toss the lemon in.

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Pour about 1 cup of boiling water in, just to dissolve the salt and honey. Stir to help dissolve.

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Allow the mixture to cool(you can add some ice cubes to speed up the process). Add the turkey legs, cover with water,cover and place in the refrigerator overnight to 24 hours.

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Gather your compound butter ingredients. Butter, salt, pepper,poultry seasoning and paprika.

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Mix together.

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Remove the turkey legs from the brine, rinse and dry off with a paper towel.
Slather each leg with the compound butter.

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Ready for their 1st roasting.

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While they are in the oven, mix together some potatoes and onions with olive oil and spices.

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After 25 minutes at 400, remove from oven and baste with any juices that have accumulated on the pan.(I added 2 more legs before I began)

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Add the potatoes and onions around the turkey legs, reduce the oven temperature and roast for another 40 minutes, uncovered.

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Allow your little cavekid to chow down!

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The Croods Favorite Roasted Turkey Legs
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Recipe type: main,dinner
 
Brined and Roasted turkey Legs
Ingredients
  • 4-6 Turkey Legs
Brine
  • ½ cup Kosher Salt
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 1 lemon,juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Peppercorn
Compound Butter
  • ½ stick Butter,softened
  • ½ teaspoon Coarse Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
Potatoes and Onions
  • 1 lb. Baby Red Potatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Coarse Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Rosemary
Instructions
  1. To make the brine, place the salt,honey,lemon and peppercorns into a large bowl or container.
  2. Add about 1 cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve.
  3. Allow mixture to cool or add a handful of ice cubes to cool down.
  4. Add the turkey legs and cover with enough water to completely cover the turkey legs.
  5. Cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400.
  7. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  8. In a small bowl, mix together the butter,salt,poultry seasoning,paprika and pepper; set aside.
  9. Remove the turkey legs from the brine, rinse and pat dry.
  10. Rub each turkey leg with the butter mixture and place on the baking sheet.
  11. Place in oven and bake at 400 for 25 minutes.
  12. While the meat is cooking, toss the potatoes,onions,olive oil,salt,pepper and rosemary in a medium bowl.
  13. After 25 minutes. remove the turkey from the oven, evenly distribute the potatoes and onions around the turkey legs, reduce the oven temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 40 minutes.

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Here are a few printables that your little cavepeople will have fun with!

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I was compensated for recipe development. Opinions are 100% mine.

Comments

  1. 1

    This movie looks so fun – can’t wait to take my kids! And these turkey legs look amazing – I know I’d love them!

  2. 2

    This is probably one of my favorite posts ever! I love the concept of it. I must be really out of it because I haven’t heard of The Croods, but it looks like a movie I’d seriously enjoy!

  3. 3

    SUCH… a great idea! We’ll have to make these before we go see the movie!

  4. 4

    I love turkey legs! These look so great. Where do you get those big brining containers from?

  5. 6

    What a fun post. And I think it is wonderful that the film company picked you to help promote their fun movie.
    The Turkey legs sound wonderful.
    I cant wait to take my kids to see this movie!!!

  6. 7

    Never heard of the Croods, but then I don’t have little ones around either. Looks cute and fun for you to promote it. Besides, there’s nothing better than a turkey leg. I had one the other day. I don’t fuss like you do ’cause it’s just me, but all ages love turkey!

  7. 8

    What fun! The movie looks like it will be fun to take the kids. We grill turkey legs all the time but next time I’ll have to try roasting them.

  8. 9

    LOL!
    Now you offer us drawing pages?
    How cool is that?
    I don’t think I’ve ever made turkey legs.
    We always have them at the fair though, you know those big ass ones that came from a terradackle dinosaur turkey.

  9. 11

    Ok, I totally have to take the kiddos to this, and we can obviously sneak in turkey legs. Bonus! Dinner, and a movie. ehhhh?! ;)

  10. 12

    Shame on the store not selling Ramu legs!! My kids would love this movie :)

  11. 13

    What fun :-) Both the movie and the turkey legs are crowd pleasers and that makes for a day of great family fun. I hope your week is off to a good start. Blessings…Mary.

  12. 14

    this post made me so happy! i can’t wait to see the movie and these turkey legs look like the perfect thing.