Spicy Fried Turkey Legs

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Ingredients
Directions

In a large shallow dish, place the turkey legs and season with the Essence. In a small bowl, combine the hot sauce, Worcestershire, and lemon juice and whisk to combine. Pour mixture over the legs, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat the oil in the deep fryer to 365 degrees F.

In a large shallow dish, combine the flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder and stir to combine. Roll the turkey legs in the mixture to lightly coat, shaking to remove any excess.

Carefully add the legs to the deep fryer, in batches if necessary. Fry for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until skin is golden brown and meat is completely cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Season with Essence, to taste, and serve hot.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch

Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Ranch Dressing:

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves

1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives

1 tablespoon chopped dill leaves

1 small clove garlic, pressed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk the yogurt, mayonnaise, and buttermilk together. Stir in the mustard, parsley, chives, dill and garlic. Season with salt and a generous grinding of pepper. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.


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    Well the 2 Guiness stout is a bit much I recommend using only one unless you like the bitter taste of the stout. I got the suggestion to add mild salsa and an extra 2 cups of broth to the original recipe and oh my goodness it was delicious. I will try the recipe again with only 1 Guiness stout and add the salsa and I'm sure I will enjoy it a lot more. Also a little sugar if you want a sweeter flavor doesn't hurt!!!!
    Great taste, however I have to agree with others. The recipe does not cook the legs through thoroughly. You will have to bake them another 25-30 minutes.
    I've cooked these legs a couple of time and recently again this weekend. The flavor on the recipe is amazing. I had my family and friends literally fighting over the legs when I served them. The problem is in the cooking directions. These turkey legs take a lot more than 10 minutes to cook. After cooking them for 10 minutes each and finding them to still be raw on the interior I then cooked them in the oven on 350 for 30 to 45 minutes and they were done and tasty. I also prep my legs 3 days before. I let them sit one day in the dry rub and then two days in the liquid marinade making certain to massage the legs daily. The flavor penetrates all the way down to the bone using this method. I have made the recipe my own.
    I USED THIS RECIPE 2 GIVE ME A NEW IDEA 4 THANXGIVIN OF COURSE I DID NOT USE ALL OF DA INGREDIENTS, CUZ I FEEL IT'S WAY 2 MANY, BUT I USED DA BASICS, SALT, PEPPER, ONION POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, FLOUR, & VEGETALBE OIL & I BOUGHT DA TURKEY LEGS ALREADY SMOKED, DEY TURNED OUT GREAT, CRISPY ON DA OUTSIDE & JUICY ON DA INSIDE, DA FAMILY LOVES DEM
    I would like to give 5 stars as Emeril's recipes are usually great, the timing on this recipe is way off.. In the deep fryer the cook time was 5 minutes~~ My guess not having a probe to watch it with should be around 24 to 30 minutes. I would recommend a probe you can place in a leg and leave it during the cooking time, and leave it in while the leg sets up as removing the probe without a wait will allow all the juices to run out.. this is really a great dish, The flavors are super and the taste pleased everyone when we finally got them cooked long enough :-) yes they will come out dark!
     
    Phil in NV
    I use this recipe for chicken wings. It is far the best I have found for my husband's favorite "football snacks"! Will always use this recipe..it's a winner!
    Turkey skin gets dark as you try to cook all the way through. I placed them in the oven and cooked at 375 for about 30 minutes.
    these legs take longer than 10 minutes to cook and become very,very,very dark if cooked longer,if anyone has any tips,please respond!!!!!!
    This recipe was simple and quite tasty. I was looking to make a different dish with the turkey besides the normal "Thanksgiving Dish." This was quite different and tasty! The kids loved it too!
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