Roast Turkey Tights in Oven Step by Step Recipe

The roast turkey tights recipe, prepared from a fresh turkey leg, I present to you today with step-by-step photos and great cooking tips.

I’ve left you a new secret recipe for the sauce, after all, you want to shine in the kitchen!

I wish you great pleasure in cooking this recipe. If you like, share the recipe with your friends – thank you and good luck!

1. Roast Turkey Tights Shopping List

Because it is so practical, you will find the list of ingredients for your shopping right at the beginning:

  • Turkey top leg with bone
  • Olive oil or sunflower oil
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary
  • Mushrooms
  • Stock
  • Soy sauce
  • Cranberries
  • butter
  • Cornflour
  • Basil fresh

2. Turkey top leg pictures for your purchase

To avoid any confusion, I have included the piece of meat here with two illustrations.

Turkey top leg skin side © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer
Turkey top leg meat side with bone. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

There are already recipes for turkey roll roast and turkey legs, but today we want to prepare the roast directly from a fresh piece of meat.

When it comes to side dishes for roast turkey, I like to keep it simple, but there is still an extra point for side dish selection according to the recipe!

3. Recipe Roast Turkey Tights in Oven

I wish you good luck and lots of fun with your cooking. I look forward to your comments and success stories.

Print Recipe
5 from 35 votes
5 from 35 votes
Roast Turkey Tights
Instructions with step-by-step photos, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Courses, Turkey
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Personen
Calories: 732kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 1 pc Turkey top leg with bone
  • 4 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper black, ground
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 5 twigs Thyme fresh
  • 8 pc Mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. Soy sauce I use tamari
  • 4 tbsp. Cranberries
  • 50 g Butter
  • 1-2 tsp corn starch Potato or maize starch
  • 1/4 bunch Basil
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C on fan or bottom/upper heat setting. Unwrap the turkey leg, rinse under cold water and dry.
  • Place the meat on a kitchen board with the skin side down.
  • Using a sharp knife, bone out the bone first from the top, then along the side of the bone.
  • Lift the bone and cut it off the meat.
  • Cut the meat in half and place in a suitable roasting pan with the skin side up and the bone.
  • Season the meat with salt and pepper, add sprigs of thyme or rosemary. Drizzle the meat with a little olive oil.
  • Cook the roast in the oven for 45-50 minutes on the middle shelf. Check the cooking point of the meat with a thin meat fork by testing the needle: If the meat can be pierced easily without resistance and only colourless juice comes out, the roast is cooked.
  • Remove the roast from the roaster and keep warm in the oven at 120°C. Place the roaster and cook on the cooker.
  • Heat the roaster, deglaze with stock, add the mushrooms cut into eighths and bring to the boil. Cook off the drippings and then leave to infuse.
  • Season the sauce with soy sauce, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, cranberries and butter and thicken with cornflour mixed with cold water, if desired. Keep the sauce warm.
  • Pluck off the basil leaves and deep-fry in hot oil until crisp. Place the herb chips on a paper towel and season with salt.
  • Slice the meat and place on warm plates. Place the mushrooms on the side and add the sauce. Decorate with cranberries and herb chips. Serve quickly, bon appétit!
When is the roast ready?
Prick the meat with a thin fork or needle. If colourless meat juice comes out, the meat is cooked.
Recommendation to ensure that the roast is juicy on the table:
Turn off the oven and let the roast rest for a good 10 minutes before cutting it.
You can find interesting information about turkey at Wikipedia.

4. Calories and Nutritional Values at a Glance

Nutrition Facts
Roast Turkey Tights
Amount Per Serving
Calories 732 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 765mg33%
Potassium 2442mg70%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 24g100%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 45g90%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5. Suitable Side Dishes for Roast Turkey Tights

Here I recommend some simple filling side dishes and vegetable side dishes as well as ideas from country cuisine.

5.1 Satiating Side Dishes

A mashed potato and rice tastes quite fine with it 🙂 However, the easiest side dish for this roast is Baked Potatoes.

You can cook the seasoned potatoes on a baking tray in the oven at the same time.

The ready-prepared jacket potatoes. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

5.2 Matching vegetable side dishes:

Zaubere dazu zum Beispiel:

Vegetable side dishes are wonderful as part of a low carb diet. It doesn’t always have to be potato and rice!

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
Kohlrabi vegetables ready on the plate together with kohlrabi leaf chips

5.3 Side Dish Ideas from the Country Cuisine

I had already prepared a small table for this a long time ago:

Germanpotatoes, carrots, parsley root, parsnips, soup vegetables
Mediterraneanzucchini, eggplant, paprika, fennel, olives, capers
Austrianpotatoes, chanterelles, porcini mushrooms
Americanpumpkin, chestnuts, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes

5.4 Side Dish Ideas According to Season

To round off the hatchet theme, here is a table for ideas by season and festive season:

SeasonSide DishesSauce
Spring / Easternasparagus green or white, courgette, green beans, potatoeslight white wine sauce
Summer / Garden PartyEXTRA from the oven: baked potatoes, EXTRA : fresh from the grill corn on the cob, peppers, courgettesgrill sauces see recipes Thomas Sixt
Autumn / Thanksgivingmushrooms, carrots, pumpkin, turnips, potatoesbrown sauce with a light red wine
Winter / Christmaschestnuts, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, cranberriesdark sauce with a heavy red wine and dark chocolate to taste
Roast turkey with a dark sauce for the cold season. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

6. More Ideas with Turkey

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Author: Thomas Sixt

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