Friday, 7 November 2014

Roast Turkey Drumstick Meat with Sweet and Sour Stir Fried Vegetables

Thick slices of turkey leg meat served on a bed of sweet and sour stir fried veg

Turkey season is fast approaching again in many parts of the world and while this dish is probably not one many people would consider serving as their main Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, it is a delicious option for using up turkey leftovers in the days that follow. I've used the meat from a turkey drumstick (cooked especially for the purpose) but you could really use meat from any part of the bird, with turkey thigh meat also likely to work especially well.

As I am using freshly cooked turkey, the meat is of course still warm. If you are using leftovers, you could simply chop the pieces of meat up in to smaller pieces and incorporate them in the stir fry.

Turkey leg ready for roasting

Ingredients (Serves Two)

1 whole turkey leg (drumstick)
Oil for roasting tray plus two tablespoons for stir frying
3/4 pound mixed stir frying vegetables
Black pepper
*3 tablespoons of sweet and sour stir fry sauce
Chopped basil leaves to garnish (optional)

*I used sweet and sour sauce from a glass jar but you could also use one of the small sachets available from supermarkets. In such instances, use the whole 5 ounce approximately sachet.

Roast turkey leg is left to rest


Your oven should be preheated to 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6. Lightly oil a roasting tray and season the turkey drumstick well with salt. Lay it on the tray and put it in to the oven for one hour to one and a quarter hours, depending upon the size of the drumstick.

When you take the drumstick from the oven, stick a skewer deep in to the thickest part until it hits the bone. Press down gently over the hole with the edge of the skewer and ensure the juices run clear. If not, cook for ten more minutes and test again. Lift the drumstick to a suitable dish with a carving fork and large spatula and leave for twenty minutes to rest.

Preparing to carve roast turkey leg

Lift the drumstick on to a chopping board and carve off as much of the meat as you can. The rest should be removed by hand.

Meat is carved/plucked from turkey leg bone

You could buy your stir frying vegetables individually if you wish, allowing you to select exactly what you include. Buying a pack like this is not only easier, however, it's likely to be a lot less expensive!

Assorted Chinese style stir frying vegetables

Bring your wok up to a high heat before adding the oil. When the oil is equally hot, add the vegetables and stir fry for two minutes.

Starting to stir fry the Chinese vegetables

Add the sauce to the vegetables and stir fry for about another minute to ensure the sauce is both well combined and heated through.

Sweet and sour sauce is added to stir fried veg

Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Sweet and sour sauce is stirred through vegetables

Divide the stir fried vegetables between two serving plates, arrange the turkey on top and garnish with the basil.

Sweet and sour stir fried Chinese vegetables

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