steer clear of the "turkey" leg

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aimala66
Hamburger
2003/11/07 09:45:52
anyone ever try one of those "turkey" legs...those huge drumsticks that they sell from a vendor at disneyworld, or at events (i've even seen them for sale randomly on the streets of new orleans).they look so deceptively yummy....like a big drumstick from a cartoon.

anyway, it's NOT turkey!!! it tastes like ham hock!!! does anyone know what this is or what they do to it to make it taste so....hammy?

i don't recommend this freakish meat.

aim
Cosmos
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/07 10:47:05
I've never had one of those, but I do use smoked turkey legs in lieu of ham hocks in my splitpea soup. It does taste remarkably like ham when smoked, (and presumably brined). It may very well be turkey.
aimala66
Hamburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/07 11:50:01
yeah, i agree...this would be fine IN recipes....but not to gnaw on exclusively.

amy
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/07 11:51:56
These are the most strange of snack foods! The throngs of folks casually strolling through Walt Disney World while simultaneously gnawing on an oversixe turkey leg is bizarre.

Either Henry VIII would be proud or his European ancestors are simply continuing to laugh at us "ugly Americans."
gimmepork
Junior Burger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/07 12:09:48
I have to respectfully disagree. I love to eat smoked turkey legs. I live in Indianapolis, and every August I make at least one trip to the Indiana State Fair, mostly for the wonderful aforementioned treat.
I've smoked fresh turkey legs in my water smoker a couple of times also. Haven't turned out as well as the ones at the fair, but I'm working on it. When eating regular roasted turkey, I definitely prefer the legs and thighs.
Cosmos
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/07 12:53:49
Try brining them, I suspect those giant drums came off some tough old birds. Lots of salt is probably the secret...then Mickey can sell you a 64 oz. Bladder Buster Coke(tm.) for $5.95. :)
Spodeeodee
Junior Burger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/08 12:15:53
Every St Patricks Day here in Savannah (and if you've never been here for it, you really should check it out at least once) I see those things. It's kinda funny to watch the folks stumble down the road with a go cup in one hand and a flintstonesque bird leg in the other.I kind of wonder though, they limited the size of go cups, yet the mammoth poultry remains. I mean really, which would you rather have a drunk wielding, an empty cup, or a large bone?
Argent
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/08 14:41:26
Being a vetern of many Ren fairs , Turkey legs are a ren fair standard, Most of the ones Ive had over the years have been awful , Raw on the inside. Burned on the outside, An altogther unpleasnt excperince, The only good ones I have found were many years ago , When I was working at the Penn ren fair At MT Hope , Ther was a vendor Who boiled them before cooking , Then smoked the legs, Quite good . At the end of the day He would bring us a Trash bag Full of Leftovers , The fair was at a winery and gave us bottles of wine, Not a bad way to end the day.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/17 11:41:49
The super Walmart in Knoxville has started selling roasted turkey leggs beside the area where they sell rotisserie chicken. $1.99 and very good.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/17 11:52:21
They do taste "like" hamhock--if the hamhocks are Smoked. I like em too!-In Muskogee )Ok,Smokehouse Bobs BBQ does a great one---slow cooked and done to perfection---he caters the blues fest we do here every year and sell alot of them.
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 02:39:56
You know, I would never claim to be a "lady", but I can't imagine walking around gnawing on something like that in public.
scbuzz
Double Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 08:23:46
I don't know ...... there's something sensual and kind of neanderthalic about a woman knawing on a big ole turkey leg !!! " />
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 10:19:40
E T- Scheeeech, There goes my double fantasy of you in theFlashDance AND Tom Jones Dining Out scenes.
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 10:32:27
quote:
Originally posted by Argent

Being a vetern of many Ren fairs. . . .
What's a ren fair?
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 10:47:50
I think it may be a Renaissance Fair?

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
alesrus
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 12:35:00
Yes that is it a ren fair is short for Renaissance Fair. There is one I have been to in Sterling forest N.Y. they have turkey legs and I think they are smoked with hickory wood. They are not bad except for the big tendons.
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 17:54:50
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

E T- Scheeeech, There goes my double fantasy of you in the FlashDance AND Tom Jones Dining Out scenes.


Well, in the privacy of my own home, it's more like Daryl Hannah eating lobster in SPLASH!

- Elise, who daintily breaks off bites with her fingers when eating a banana in public
Argent
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/18 22:36:45
Yes indeed, I meant Renaissance Fair. I worked at way too many of them
quote:
Originally posted by alesrus

Yes that is it a ren fair is short for Renaissance Fair. There is one I have been to in Sterling forest N.Y. they have turkey legs and I think they are smoked with hickory wood. They are not bad except for the big tendons.
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/11/19 15:19:40
My oldest son worked the Ren Faire at Sterling Forest, NY when he was a senior in High School. He was assigned to be a beggar and was required to devise his own costume. He did a great job and left home for the drive down to Tuxedo arrayed in rags held together with more rags. To his surprise, patrons of the Faire gave him "alms" in real hard money - he came home with about $150 - some of it in fives and tens. Generous folks - those ren faire people!
St. Louis Browns fan
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/07 01:01:56
Few meals beat an OVEN-ROASTED turkey drumstick served with mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and cranberry sauce. I don't like the smoked ones.
senor boogie woogie
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/12 05:25:56

I have never had this,but it will be on my list of things to do before death,,,,,,,,,,

People (at leats in the south) deep fry Turkeys. Put the whole damned holiday bird in a pot of boiling oil and let loose. people have told me the outcome is absolutley heavenly. I don't know, but it cannot be too bad.

"Fat gives food flavor"-Julia Child

SENOR
AdrianDube
Junior Burger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/17 10:12:51
Ahhh the smoked turkey legs!! If you ever make it to Alaska in August there is the Alaska State Fair, where there are not one but two vendors of smoked turkey legs -- try the ones from the log cabin -- they are better that the Hawaiian guy.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/17 11:33:43
Look out, clothier, another Alaskan.......and one that actually WENT to the State Fair????? Now THAT is a scary thought. And gnawed on turkey legs........hmmmmm.....presumably while riding one of the WONDERFUL amusement park rides like Tilt'o'Whirl. Right out of the 60's.
Other than eating turkey legs and riding antique rides that barely twirl, the other BIG attraction is.....are you ready?.....The Rat Race. This is hosted by the VFW and is essentially a betting game (no more than 25 cents, y'all hear?) about which hole the mouse will go in to. Oh yes, we have TONS of fun up here at the Fair.
Back to turkey legs........
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/17 14:08:44
quote:
Originally posted by clothier

Heck, I was impressed that he remembered which of the two legs was better.

And what's wrong with the tilt-o-whirl?

some rides are classic and timeless.

After a couple of those turkey legs and a few beers, maybe the tilt'o'whirl or the ferris wheel could become fun.....only after you've viewed the 90 pound cabbages.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/17 14:14:29
the record is 110 lbs. I believe. Not the turkey leg, the cabbage.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/17 14:21:17
check it out: www.alaskastatefair.org
you'll see for yourself.....rules and regulations for The Giant Cabbage Weigh-In Contest, the Spam (food, not email junk) Cooking Contest, on and on, oh we amuse ourselves up here in ways you folks that live Outside couldn't even imagine.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/17 15:00:35
quote:
Originally posted by clothier

yet another reason to visit.



I'll take you on the Tilt'o'Whirl.....
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/17 15:37:25
bring your roll of quarters and hold onto your hat!!!!
AdrianDube
Junior Burger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/19 08:47:19
quote:
Originally posted by clothier

quote:
Originally posted by AdrianDube

Ahhh the smoked turkey legs!! If you ever make it to Alaska in August there is the Alaska State Fair, where there are not one but two vendors of smoked turkey legs -- try the ones from the log cabin -- they are better that the Hawaiian guy.


You live in Alaska?

Where?

I live in the quaint and colorful neighborhood of Spenard, a part of the great metropolis of Anchorage
AdrianDube
Junior Burger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/19 09:03:32
hey, I've lost a few quarters to the rats in my day . . .

And yes, I will give you that the AK State Fair is best discribed as "quaint" - especially compaired to fairs in the Midwest, but it still provides the required sights and smells of the fair experience -- just in a smaller package (except of course for the giant veggies -- my favorite of which was the giant blueberry which was about the size of a kumquat).

I usually go each year (recently overnighting in my RV) and refer to my time there as "eating my way through the state fair". Favorites include the afore mentioned turkey legs, Friar Tucks grilled corn on the cob, the cheeseburgers at the Slippery Gulch, and of course the cream puffs.

Hmmm.... is Fair Food a subset of Road Food?
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/20 07:11:53
The great metropolis of Anchorage? Where's that? Did I miss something? Can somebody pass me another turkey leg?
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/20 07:49:45
Spenard, AK?

Seems like that was the name of a lake at the airport? Also thought Spenard was about 50 miles southeast of Anchorage?

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/20 08:18:07
Sundancer, Spenard is a section of Anchorage that has always been famous (or infamous) for being a very seedy section of town. Hookers, strip joints, roudy bars, that became the notoriety of Spenard. It is no longer as bad as it used to be........I was being a smarta** about the "great metropolis of Anchorage". We all rag on Spenard here.
And yes, you are so right about Lake Spenard.....in 1940 it was connected to Lake Hood and is the busiest floatplane base in the world.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/20 23:32:15
quote:
Originally posted by clothier

Hookers? Rowdy bars? Strip joints?

3 more reasons to visit Alaska.

I think my list of reasons is up to 7.

All that AND the turkey legs at the perky State Fair. Woah, now you will be stylin........don't forget your leisure suit.
AdrianDube
Junior Burger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/21 11:53:44
Fairview is seedy -- we like to think of Spenard as "colorful" -- where do you hang out, lleechef, in Bayshore?
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/21 19:32:21
quote:
Originally posted by clothier

I'm not sure, since i know nothing about what you guys are talking about, but i think Ms. Chef has just been insulted.

Of course, it's possible you are talking about Bayshore High, home of Zach Morris and Screech.

But I think Bayshore is where the fancy shmancy pantsy people hang, correctamundo?


Three words for you, clothier:

TIFFANY AMBER THIESSEN


Zman
Hamburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/21 20:15:40
quote:
Originally posted by AdrianDube

Fairview is seedy -- we like to think of Spenard as "colorful" -- where do you hang out, lleechef, in Bayshore?

Hey, AD, I guess you could consider Spenard "colorful" since there is no shortage of red, white and blue police strobes flashing!!!!

We are deprived of this "color" in the Sand Lake area.

And clothier, thanks for your concern about Ms. Chef....but.....well.......yes, this is more hoity toity than Spenard, but I still know of some great strip joints.......

(typed by lleechef, laughing her arse off)
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/22 11:19:12
Have add them at "ren" fairs, Wild Adventures, and DW. I think they roast them in one of those huge stainless steel jobies, by the rack fulls. I kind of like them myself. And for someone who salts everything even before trying the food, this is one food I can refrain. BTW, ever notice how those cheap napkins stick to your fingers when your trying to "clean up" after digging into one?
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/22 12:49:58
Are we still talking about Tiffany Amber Thiessen ??
AdrianDube
Junior Burger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/25 20:31:19
Strip Joints in Sand Lake? Now I'm the one who missed something . . .
And I find the red-white-and-blue flashing police car lights especially festive, praticularily during the holiday season . . .
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/26 02:11:45
Strip joints and(T)iffany (A)mber (T)hiesen???

Is that tit for TAT ?????
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/26 10:56:18
Clothier, sorry, EliseT beat us to it.
Argent
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2003/12/26 20:12:20
You know Ren Fairs are a lot like Alaska
quote:
Originally posted by lleechef

quote:
Originally posted by clothier

Hookers? Rowdy bars? Strip joints?

3 more reasons to visit Alaska.

I think my list of reasons is up to 7.

All that AND the turkey legs at the perky State Fair. Woah, now you will be stylin........don't forget your leisure suit.
Alexander
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2004/03/03 07:18:48
quote:
Originally posted by St. Louis Browns fan

Few meals beat an OVEN-ROASTED turkey drumstick served with mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and cranberry sauce. I don't like the smoked ones.


I do mine (not smoked) in a pressure cooker. Wonderful flavor, but a kind of weird, purplish color.
howard8
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2004/03/03 08:23:16
Alexander
I am always on the look out for new things to cook in my pressure cooker. How do you prepare those turkey legs?
Alexander
Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2004/03/03 10:34:07
quote:
Originally posted by howard8

Alexander
I am always on the look out for new things to cook in my pressure cooker. How do you prepare those turkey legs?


I just salt & pepper them, put some water in the bottom of the pressure cooker, and cook them at 10 lbs pressure for around 35-45 minutes. I eat them just so, but I'm a confirmed basic carnivore. They would make a pretty good turkey salad, provided you use enough mayo to cover the color.

I'll have to warn you that the purplish hue makes them look pretty alarming. Also, the skin is pretty sticky.
emsmom
Double Cheeseburger
RE: steer clear of the "turkey" leg 2004/03/25 15:23:30
We had them this summer at Dollywood in Tennessee. They do taste alot like ham hock. I thought they were good. I am sure they are alot better for you than the ham itself. I use alot of turkey products.
I use ground turkey for tacos and manwiches. I also buy the pkgs. of turkey legs in the grocery store and roast them in the oven. That makes a good meal with a tossed salad and cranberry sauce.