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Rating: 4 stars
35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2

My dad's favorite, this is in his loving memory. This recipe is a delicious Puerto Rican style turkey. Originally submitted to ThanksgivingRecipe.com.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Make numerous vertical slits in the turkey legs.

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  • In a small bowl combine the olive oil with the salt, pepper, teriyaki, vinegar and oregano. Marinate turkey legs in the oil mixture.

  • Cut onion, green pepper and bacon into small squares (approximately the same size as the slits you cut on the legs). Fill each slit with one piece of pepper, onion and bacon.

  • After the legs are stuffed, brown them in the oil mixture on medium-high. Reduce temperature to low and cover. Cook for 45 minutes or until meat starts to separate from the bone. If the legs dry out when cooking, add a little water to the skillet and lower the temperature.

Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

581 calories; protein 78.4g; carbohydrates 8.2g; fat 24.3g; cholesterol 191mg; sodium 4307.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2006
Boy were these good! I pulled the skin back before I made the slits - then pulled it back over after they were stuffed. Awesome blend of flavors. Definitely worth the time. Beaufiful once browned too. For an inexpensive meal it's definitely something you wouldn't be afraid to serve to guests. Thank you! What a great tribute to "Dad" to share. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/03/2006
I tried this recipe as directed to the T. I enjoyed the smoky tender result of the meat. However the unnecessary amount of salt and oil the recipe calls for made me ill. Simply skip it. There s no need to "stuff" the legs either. Just poke them all around (or create slits) and the seasoning will penetrate them. Brown them in oil with a few drops of teriyaki. Put them in a pot. Add a can of Tomato Paste a can of Tomato Sauce then the bacon onion and peppers. Also instead of simply using Oregano and Pepper the following seasonings result in a wonderful flavor: Cilantro Garlic Bay Leaves Cumin Coriander and/or an Italian Seasoning mix (consisting of: Marjoram Thyme Rosemary Savory Sage Oregano and Basil.) Also give it a splash of White Cooking Wine and Bitter Orange. Have it all simmer together for the approx. cooking time of 1 hrs. Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2006
Boy were these good! I pulled the skin back before I made the slits - then pulled it back over after they were stuffed. Awesome blend of flavors. Definitely worth the time. Beaufiful once browned too. For an inexpensive meal it's definitely something you wouldn't be afraid to serve to guests. Thank you! What a great tribute to "Dad" to share. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2007
The previous reviewer states that they followed the recipe "exactly" and the meat was dry and chewy. If you follow the recipe exactly if the meat is getting dry while cooking you do what the recipe says and add some water and turn the burner down. Previous reviewers suggesting slow cookers or simmering in a liquid also have good ideas if you are worried about dry tough meat. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/02/2006
I tried this recipe as directed to the T. I enjoyed the smoky tender result of the meat. However the unnecessary amount of salt and oil the recipe calls for made me ill. Simply skip it. There s no need to "stuff" the legs either. Just poke them all around (or create slits) and the seasoning will penetrate them. Brown them in oil with a few drops of teriyaki. Put them in a pot. Add a can of Tomato Paste a can of Tomato Sauce then the bacon onion and peppers. Also instead of simply using Oregano and Pepper the following seasonings result in a wonderful flavor: Cilantro Garlic Bay Leaves Cumin Coriander and/or an Italian Seasoning mix (consisting of: Marjoram Thyme Rosemary Savory Sage Oregano and Basil.) Also give it a splash of White Cooking Wine and Bitter Orange. Have it all simmer together for the approx. cooking time of 1 hrs. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2004
The flavor was really good. The recipe however did not say where to marinate. (My refrigerator solidified the olive oil.) It should also have said approximately how many slits to make per leg. I had too many left over onions/peppers/ and bacon pieces. It did not say what to do with thoset. The cooking time indicated was about half of what I needed (1 hr 20 minutes) until the juices ran clear. But it was worth the work and my husband liked the results. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
We eat a lot of turkey and I wanted a new recipe. This was a nice change of flavor! If you check my other recipe reviews I am always one for simplifying whenever possible and needless to say I did so here. I seasoned my (three) legs with S P and oregano. Then wrapped two pieces of bacon around each leg and fried it in a pan just like you would regular bacon. Turning carefully so the bacon doesn't fall off. Then I placed the legs in the crockpot. Poured 1Tb. of Hoisin sauce over each leg and cooked on low for 6-8 hours. It was delicious and easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2008
These didn't knock my socks off but they were very tasty for a weeknight dinner.. Like others have said: Cut the oil in half and the salt to 1 tsp or less. To make it easy I just sauted and stewed everything together in a close fitting pot with cover and on top of the stove. Skip the stuffing business too. I'll make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2008
My husband went and bought 4 packages of turkey legs after eating this meal. I didn't cut slits and stuff the legs. Just chopped everything up and threw it in the pot with corriander seeds. I didnt have the soy sauce but I didn't miss it. I did add water as suggested. I removed the bacon towards the end and cooked it fully in the microwave. Served with rice covered in the sauce with bacon on top. Big hit with kids too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2006
this was a great recipe my husband and I enjoyed it a lot. the bacon makes the turkey so juicy and tender. I will definitely use this again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2005
I was looking for something different and found the recipe. It was really easy to prepare and it turned out great. I used precooked bacon and it still gave it a great flavor. I will try this one again:) Read More
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