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Slow-Roasted Turkey Wings


Slow-Roasted Turkey Wings

SO did you know that Thanksgiving is just 4 days away? Yes, just four! I know, seriously, where did the time go? I am sharing this super easy recipe for slow-roasted turkey wings!



I had a hard time finding just turkey wings and found also thighs, but it was way too long to title this slow-roasted turkey wings and thighs and if I called it slow-roasted turkey, you may be expecting it to be a a whole turkey. It can sometimes be a little complicated giving a title to a recipe post. I don't know about you, but sometimes you may be looking for an easy way to make turkey. I know so many people that would prefer to order their turkey meal already made or go out to eat on the big day. Making the whole turkey for some can be just flat out daunting and a little bit scary.

This recipe is so easy to put together, you don't have to make it just for Thanksgiving! You could make it any time you are craving delicious turkey! Turkey wings (and thighs) are my favorite part of the turkey (yes, more than the white meat)and it costs way less than making a whole turkey. Some things to consider if you were thinking of bowing out this Thursday and not making any turkey.

As I mentioned, super simple to make and you could use all wings or like I did, wings and thighs. You may be wondering why the turkey has this lovely pink color...it's from cranberries! Yes, I made a quick sauce using one of my favorite cranberry sauce recipes and pureed it to smear on top while it's baking the last minutes.

I don't know about you, but the holidays always make me a little sentimental. It doesn't help that no matter where I go, I encounter the Adele song "Hello" and I start to tear up. I miss my dad since he was quite the Sicilian chef and such a big part of every holiday meal. He was in charge of all of the Thanksgivings until he got sick. His turkey was unbeatable! It always had a little touch of something from his garden. My mom also makes the world's best turkey, but hers was always a little different than dad's. Both delicious in their own way. Then there was neighbor Eric's turkey. I truly miss my neighbors! They recently moved to Boston and this will be the first Thanksgiving in many years where we won't be celebrating with them.
Slow-Roasted Turkey Wings

That was the gorgeous bird we had last year at their house. It was always a huge Italian Thanksgiving feast. There was always some sort of pasta at our dinners, even when I was growing up. Being at their parties reminded me of my Italian family parties as a little girl here in the States. The meal usually started with a simple broth and maybe pastina. After that, out came the antipasto dishes: different cold cuts (these days, it is usually some of my Calabrian mother-in-law's salami, capicolla or both, some different cheeses, bread. We are snacking on all of this while the turkey is roasting away. There are side dishes already made and just heating up. After finishing up the antipasti, it is time to slice the lasagne and you better leave room for the Turkey! At this point, does it matter that there is turkey? Of course! The best part of making the turkey meal is the leftovers the next day. Some people don't like leftovers, but I sure do! In my family, there was enough food for days after the holiday and this is even after sharing with neighbors or some of the guests. I know, Italians always make sure there is enough food at a celebration!

Did you know that there is a Harvest Festival celebrated in certain regions of Italy. It is usually during September and it a time to be grateful and thank God for a successful harvest season. ta del Ringraziamento, referring to a number of religious holidays observed throughout the year for patron saints. Even though Thanksgiving is not an Italian holiday, it certainly has become part of the lives of the Italian immigrants that settled in America (like my dad and my husband) and it is celebrated. And for those Americans that do find themselves in Italy during Thanksgiving (think Julia Roberts in one of my all-time favorite movies-Eat Pray Love) and need to shop for the big day or you just wanting to impress you friends with some Thanksgiving foodie terms on Thanksgiving Day (il giorno di ringraziamento), here you go!

tacchino ripieno del Ringraziamento= stuffed turkey
whole turkey = un tacchino intero
turkey breast = petto di tacchino
cranberries = mirtilli rossi
sweet potatoes = patate dolci
pumpkin = zucca
turkey breast = petto di tacchino
stuffing=ripieno
mashed potatoes = purè di patate

Katie Parla gives some tips on how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Rome. Catch a glimpse of a Thanksgiving menu in Italy with La Tavola Marche. Celebrating Thanksgiving in Italy by Ms Adventures in Italy is a fun read.

Looking for what to make with all your turkey leftovers? Try this turkey pot pie...it is fantastic!

A little announcement about the blog: I will be switching the blog name to Savoring Italy. It is the name of a separate blog I launched about 2 years ago. It fits more with me and who I am. It's been a little bit of work and it's still in progress. I will still own the cake duchess name, because I do love that name. But in the next few days, I will be changing every thing to reflect Savoring Italy. Thanks for being patient and I hope you will enjoy the blog as I add more Italian food touches to it!
Slow-Roasted Turkey Wings



Slightly adapted from Oprah Magazine

Slow-Roasted Turkey Wings

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 10 mintues
Cook Time: 2 1/2-3 hours

Ingredients (12 turkey wings)
  • 12 turkey wing flats, wing tips removed (about 1/2 pound each, or wings and thighs)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • cranberry sauce ingredients
  • 16 ounces of fresh cranberries (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • one navel orange (add the juice of 1/2 and cut the other 1/2 in chunks and add to the cranberry mixture in the pan)
  • 1 sliver of fresh ginger (about the size of a garlic clove, peeled)
Instructions
Cranberry sauce directions:
In a medium sized bowl, rinse the cranberries with cool water, and remove any stems or blemished berries. Drain the cranberries in a colander.

Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.

Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

Stir in cranberries. Add in the orange juice, chunks and ginger. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if every single cranberry does not completely pop. 

When the sauce is cooked, spoon out the orange pieces and the ginger sliver. Pour sauce into bowl or container. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled.Preheat oven to 275F. Using paper towels, pat wings dry and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with oil, thyme, salt and pepper, and transfer to a large roasting pan. Pour broth into pan and cover snugly with foil. Roast until meat is very tender, about 2 1/2-3 hours.

Remove pan from oven and preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Use tongs to arrange wings on it in a single layer and broil, watching closely, until crisp with bits of char, 6 to 8 minutes. You could spread the sauce on the wings during the last couple of minutes. Keep on eye on it so it doesn't get too brown. (Depending on size of broiler and baking sheet, work in batches if needed.)

13 comments

  1. These wings look delicious! And I understand - I always get extra sentimental during the holidays too.

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  2. feeling sentimental myself these days. Love your wings!

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  3. My family LOVES the wings! This post gets me so excited for Thanksgiving, they look delicious!

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  4. Love that you've basted the turkey wings with cranberry sauce. Such a brilliant idea and SO Thanksgiving! I'd probably fill up on these and skip the rest of the meal. Well, maybe not. LOL
    Happy Thanksgiving, Lora!

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  5. I love your little Italian guide for Thanksgiving! :) And this is so cool. The expats here all seem to celebrate Thanksgiving on Saturday since Thursday is a normal work day so normally my husband and I celebrate by ourselves. But we're both sick so I haven't planned anything. But these look like something I could do! If only I could find turkey wings. :D

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  6. The smearing of cranberry sauce over the turkey has got to give is such a nice, sweet crunch. Congratulations on the new direction for your blog!

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  7. This looks amazing Lora! Seriously ingenious with the cranberry glaze! Congrats on the blog rebrand - I'm excited to see what you have coming up!

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  8. I love these wings, Lora! Wow! What a great idea! And ditto on the re-branding! Hooray!

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  9. I can't wait to show off some Italian words this Thanksgiving! The legs and wings look fantastic...always my favorite part of the turkey!

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  10. Yay, I love the change and seeing your new logo up there! I know some people really aren't into roasting the whole bird, so this is such a great idea! I love the beautiful hue of the sauce!

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  11. I'm a dark meat kinda girl so I'm so down with this recipe. Plus I love cranberry glazed turkey. My sis does them like that and they are freaking amazing. I totally want to shove the whole pan of wings in my face right now.

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  12. Hi Lora

    When is the orange and ginger added in with the cranberries?

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  13. Hi Jackie! When you add in the cranberries, add in the orange juice, chunks and the ginger...enjoy!

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