Introduction: Thanksgiving 2016 - Turkey Drumstick Roulade - Simple and Quick Turkey Recipe

With Thanksgiving literally just days away, here is a quick and easy turkey drumstick roulade that is suitable for smaller or larger crowds of guests. Each roulade will cater for 2 to 3 people and this recipe is for 2 drumsticks. Simply multiply the recipe out if you have more guests.

Ingredients

2 x 1kg Turkey drumsticks
60g Butter, melted
Salt and cracked black pepper
For the Stuffing
125ml Dried cranberries
Champagne (or sparkling white wine)
2 x Canned pineapple rings
750ml Cubed and dried Brioche bread
2.5ml Dried sage
100g Fermented, aged salami
For the Glaze
60ml Honey
10ml White wine vinegar

Step 1: Debone and Butterfly the Drumsticks

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To start you need to debone the drumsticks and remove all the nasty tendons.
Cut through the skin around the narrow end of the drumstick.
Use a sharp scissors to cut through all the tendons underneath the skin.
Locate the inside of the leg and slice through the flesh along the length of the drumstick.
You will find one thick tendon running along the bone.
Cut away the connective tissue to free the tendon.
Use your scissors to cut down either side of the bone so that the flesh lies flat.
Use the edge of your paring knife blade to scrape the flesh down the bone towards the joint.
Use your scissors to cut around the joint to free the bone.

Step 2: Remove the Tendons From the Meat

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Use your fingers to feel for the tendons in the meat.
Lift each tendon and cut them free with your scissors.
On the fat side of the drumstick, there are a number of tendons enclosed in the muscle.
Cut the connecting tissue to separate the muscle and expose the tendons.
Lift these up and trim them away and you're done.
Continue with the other drumstick.

Step 3: Prepare the Stuffing

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For the stuffing, place the dried cranberries in a small bowl and pour in enough champagne to cover.
Allow these to stand while you continue with the other filling ingredients.
Slice 2 canned pineapple rounds into 8 wedges each.
Measure out the dried brioche cubes, the dried sage and the salami.
Place all of these in a mixing bowl and pour in the cranberries and champagne.
Mix this together thoroughly, then let it stand for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Assembling the Roulades

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Place one of the deboned drumsticks on your work surface.
Spread half of the filling across the center of the meat and press it down firmly.
Grind a liberal dose of salt and cracked black pepper over the whole lot.
Lift the edges of the meat and roll them over the filling to meet in the center.
Tie a single loop of twine around the center of the roulade to secure it.
Tie a slip knot in the remaining twine and loop it around the narrow end.
Pull it tight to secure this end.
Run the twine up the length and use half hitch loops to secure the rest of the roulade.
Loop the twine around the fat end, run it up the back of the drumstick and tie it to the beginning twine.
Put this aside and continue with the remaining drumstick.

Step 5: Roasting the Roulades

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Roughly chop an onion and scatter the pieces across the bottom of a medium size roasting tin.
Place the 2 roulades on top of the onion.
Brush the turkey liberally with the melted butter and give it another liberal grind of salt and cracked black pepper.
Roast this in a preheated oven at 170c or 340f for 60 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven, turn the roulades over and give this side a good grind of salt and cracked black pepper.
Return the pan to the oven for another 45 minutes.
Remove the roulades from the oven and brush them liberally with the honey vinegar mixture.
Allow this to stand for 5 minutes for the meat to relax.

Step 6: Preparing the Gravy

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Pour all of the pan juices, including any solids that may have escaped from the roulades, into a tall jug.
Use your stick blender to machine this to a smooth gravy.

Step 7: Carving and Serving

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Cut away the twine from the roulades and slice them into 6mm slices.
The meat is extremely tender and juicy, and it will not be possible to slice thinner than this.
Serve immediately with a generous dose of the gravy, and the accompaniments of your choice.

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