Turkey Wings & Turkey Stock

Why settle for store-bought when you can prepare mouthwatering crispy turkey wings at home? Plus, I'll show you a foolproof way to turn the leftovers into a flavorful turkey stock, perfect for soups and holiday meals. Get ready for a culinary adventure that's as rewarding as it is delicious!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Dual Purpose: Enjoy a scrumptious meal and then use the leftovers to make a versatile stock.
  • Healthier Option: Baked, not fried, these turkey wings are a healthier alternative to traditional fried wings.
  • Holiday Essential: Prepare your stock in advance to ease your holiday cooking.

What You'll Need

Ingredients for Turkey Wings:

  • 8 whole turkey wings
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons of chicken seasoning
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Turkey Stock:

  • Carrots, onions, celery, parsley (plus any leftover veggie scraps)
  • Bones and juices from the cooked turkey wings

Crispy golden turkey wings fresh out of the oven served on a rustic ceramic platter, accompanied by mason jars filled with rich, homemade turkey stock, ready for holiday cooking

Step-by-Step Instructions

For the Turkey Wings:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 375°F to start.
  2. Prepare the Wings: Arrange the wings in a large casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and chicken seasoning.
  3. Initial Baking: Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Crisp the Wings: Increase the oven temperature to 425°F, remove the foil, and bake for another 30 minutes until the skin is crispy and golden.

For the Turkey Stock:

  1. Prepare the Stock Pot: After enjoying the wings, collect the bones and pan drippings.
  2. Add Vegetables: Toss in your choice of veggies into a slow cooker.
  3. Cook Low and Slow: Fill with water and set to cook overnight on low heat.
  4. Strain and Store: Cool the stock, strain it, and pour into jars for refrigeration or freezing.

Tips for Perfect Wings and Stock

  • Wing Size Matters: Larger wings may need longer cooking times. Always ensure poultry reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Enhance Flavor: Experiment with different seasonings and herbs for both the wings and the stock.
  • Storage: Properly sealed stock can last in the freezer, making it a great make-ahead resource for cooking.

With these turkey wings, you not only get a tasty meal but also a base for future culinary creations with the homemade stock. It’s economical, delicious, and smart cooking at its best!

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