Maple Sage Glazed Turkey Legs

by Julie Cohn

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These Maple Sage Glazed Turkey Legs are perfect if you don’t feel like cooking (and basting…and carving) a whole turkey.  You can make these savory-sweet turkey legs for 2-3 people or a crowd, just make enough so everyone can have their own leg and eat caveman style!   The legs roast in just a few hours, or if you prefer white meat, add a turkey breast to the roasting pan with (or instead of) the legs.

Maple Sage Glazed Turkey Legs

  • 3-4 Fresh Turkey Legs and/or Turkey Breast (I used both)
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter
  • 4 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 4-5 Leaves Fresh Sage

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking sheet or roasting pan with aluminum foil.  Wash and dry the turkey legs and set in the pan.

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Place the butter in a small dish and microwave for about 15 seconds to melt the butter.  Mix the maple syrup and salt into the butter.  Wash and pat dry the sage leaves.  Using herb shears (or scissors) snip the sage leaves into tiny pieces and blend into the butter.

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Brush the turkey legs with the maple butter.  Lightly cover the turkey legs with an aluminum foil tent, and place in the oven.  Roast the turkey legs for about 1 1/2 hours, brushing with the maple butter occasionally.  Remove the aluminum foil and roast another 45 minutes, until the legs are golden brown and the internal temperature is 180 degrees.  Remove and serve immediately.

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These maple sage glazed turkey legs go great with my four-cheese creamed spinach!

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