Turkey shanks

Turkey shanks: A flavour-packed surprise. Image: Irene Muller.

Turkey shanks – Crispy deliciousness smothered in a wine sauce

Treat yourself to a delicious turkey shank and celebrate Christmas in July.

Turkey shanks

Turkey shanks: A flavour-packed surprise. Image: Irene Muller.

If you love turkey, this turkey shanks recipe is for you. The shanks are roasted to a crispy deliciousness on the outside with tender meat on the inside. Drenched in a lip-smacking delicious wine gravy and you are ready for a flavoursome feast.

This turkey shanks recipe is easy and most of the time is spent in the oven while these beauties are roasted to perfection.

Although turkey is traditionally a dish served around Christmas time, there is nothing prohibiting you from enjoying these turkey shanks right through the year. It may a bit more challenging to find turkey in the middle of the year but there are still outlets where you can get it. Besides, since we are in July now, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Christmas in July.

Turkey is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6 and tryptophan, an amino acid. Turkey is further an excellent source of selenium, which is vital for your thyroid metabolism. It is loaded with antioxidants and boost your immune system. So many great reasons to get those turkey shanks in the oven!

Turkey shanks recipe

Recipe by Irene Muller Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 4 4 turkey shanks

  • 1 1 onion

  • 4 sprigs 4 of thyme

  • 200 ml 200 chicken stock

  • 200 ml 200 sweet chilli tomato chutney

  • 200 ml 200 white wine

  • braai salt

  • salt and pepper

  • 200 ml 200 double cream


  • Chop the onion and put it in a roasting tray.
  • Place the turkey on top of the onions and cover with wine and chicken stock.
  • Season with salt, pepper and braai salt.
  • Cover with foil and roast in the oven for more or less 2 hours.
  • Take off the foil and add the chutney and put it back in the oven for 30 minutes.


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