Braised Turkey Thighs with Winter Roots


  • 2 pastured turkey thighs (season with sea salt, black pepper, cumin and cayenne)
  • 3-4 tbsp. Peanut oil (or other high smoke point oil; coconut, lard, schmaltz)
  • 3 cups water (turkey stock or chicken stock)
  • 3 cups white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 rutabaga, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp. real salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Parsley

Put fat/oil into a deep frying pan on medium heat. When oil begins shimmering (getting wavy), put two turkey thighs into the pan and lightly brown on each side (4-5 minutes). Discard excess oil. Add water, wine, and bay leaf into the pan with the seared turkey thighs and bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat to simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn turkey thighs at least one time during that cooking time. Add herbs, onions, carrots, rutabaga and garlic, plus sea salt and black pepper. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cover and continue cooking until almost all the liquid is gone (45 minutes). Save some liquid to use for gravy.

Lay Celery Root Mash onto a plate. Top with braised turkey and winter roots. Spoon a little gravy from the pan and garnish with fresh parsley.

  • Melanie

    Andrea does pastured mean organic or is it free roaming. How do you know at the stores

    • @Melanie – Pastured means that the turkey is living in the pasture and is outdoors. I purchase my meats, mostly from farmers that I know how they are raising their animals. You can also find pastured meats here:

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  • Nina

    do I add the herbs, onions, carrots, rutabaga and garlic, plus sea salt and black pepper after the turkey thighs have simmered for 1 hour and 15 minutes?

  • rebecca

    About how much, by weight, is 2 turkey thighs? a pound? Trying to figure what to buy…thanks!

    • @disqus_ZPmtMCrbn0:disqus – The turkey thighs vary in weight. Depending on how much you want to eat, use 2-3 pounds of turkey thighs.