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Turkey Leg Confit

This decadent preparation of turkey legs is delicious. The turkey leg meat because silky and intensely flavored from the slow cooking method.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 2 hour
  • Ready Time : 2 hour, 20 min




  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 turkey legs (about 12 ounces each)
  • 3 cups chicken or duck fat
  • 2 cups best quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grated apple tossed with 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce (homemade preferred)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves


Preheat oven to 300

  1. Pulse the garlic, juniper, thyme and rosemary with the salt in a food processor.
  2. Rub the mixture on the turkey legs and refrigerator overnight.
  3. With a damp towel, wipe off the salt form the turkey legs, a little remaining is fine
  4. Place the turkey legs in a casserole and add the poultry fat.
  5. Poach the turkey legs until the meat begins to pull away from the bone (about 2 hours).
  6. Remove the legs form the fat. Strain the fat and freeze to use again.
  7. Pull the meat from the bones and shred it.
  8. Add the chopped apple, apple sauce and fresh cilantro.  Enjoy as a side dish.



About Chef Laura Frankel


I am a chef, restauranteur, cookbook author and mother, you can find out more about me on my blog: ChefLaurasKosher.com




2 Responses to Turkey Leg Confit

  1. In your recipe for Turkey Leg Confit you did not include directions for the 2 cups of olive oil. Also,is chicken or duck fat the same as broth?

  2. There is no broth mentioned! The fat is truly chicken, duck or poultry fat and broth is an enriched stock made from bones, vegetables and sometimes ground meat.

    This recipe is all about slow and tender cooked turkey.

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