Many residents of Antipolo raise turkeys. You can actually see the turkeys running freely on the streets. Not commercial turkey raising but for personal consumption. And these aren’t rich people. Some of these turkey raisers live in shanties. Guess turkeys are ordinary fare for them unlike us who have lived most of our lives in the city. Anyway, we were really supposed to buy duck but couldn’t find any. We’re not exactly turkey fans but when we chanced upon trays and trays of sliced turkey drumsticks at the supermarket, I immediately thought about half a dozen ways of cooking them. We bought a two-kilogram pack, the smallest, to sample the sliced drumsticks. Looks like we’ll be going back to the supermarket before the New Year for another pack or two. They were delicious!
The sliced drumsticks actually look like small slices of beef shanks, bone-in. They are about three-quarters of an inch thick and the bigger ones are five to six inches in diameter. A slice is just right for one person.
I cooked the sliced turkey drumsticks in a little water with salt and spices. I actually intend to cut the meat in cubes and make a turkey pie tonight for a dinner party we’re hosting (yes, again!). But my husband suggested we sample the sliced drumsticks first before serving them to guests. So, I took four slices, smothered them with a special sauce that I concocted then grilled them just until lightly browned. The meat was fork tender, the sauce was rich and lunch was just great!
sliced turkey drumsticks
1 whole garlic
1 whole onion
For the mustard and mango jam sauce (for four steaks) :
2 tsps. of dark brown sugar
3 tsps. of prepared mustard
1 tsp. of coconut vinegar
2 tsps. of mango jam
Cooking procedure :
Simmer the sliced turkey drumsticks in a little water with the whole garlic, onion, peppercorns and salt. Add more water, a little at a time, if the liquid evaporates before the meat is tender. In my case, the meat was fork tender in less than an hour.
Drain the sliced turkey drumsticks.
Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together until well blended and the sugar is completely dissolved.
Smother the sliced turkey drumsticks with the sauce and grill in a 220oC oven for ten to fifteen minutes or until the meat absorbs some of the sauce and browns a little.
Serve at once.