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Turkey legs with herby butter and crispy gnocchi recipe

Turkey legs with herby butter and crispy gnocchi recipe

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Turkey isn't just for Christmas. These easy turkey legs cook slowly in the oven resulting in a juicy, tender, fall-apart piece of meat served with crispy gnocchi and a scattering of fresh parsley. This will become a regular for your weekend roast alternatives. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 40 mins to prepare and 1 hr 20 mins to cook
  • 651 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 2 turkey drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100g salted butter, softened
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed​
  • 1 rosemary sprig, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 20g fresh parsley, ½ finely chopped, ½ roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and cut into wedges, to serve
  • 2 x 400g packs fresh potato gnocchi

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    30g 43%
  • Saturates

    12g 60%
  • Sugars

    1g 1%
  • Salt

    1.3g 22%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 38g Protein 56g Fibre 2.9g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C. Put the turkey drumsticks in a large nonstick roasting tin and drizzle over the oil. Season and rub into the meat. Roast for 50 mins.
  2. Mash the butter with the garlic, rosemary, finely chopped parsley and lemon zest in a small bowl until well combined. After 50 mins, increase the oven temperature to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Tip the gnocchi into the tin around the meat and toss to coat in the juices.
  3. Dot the butter over the turkey legs and gnocchi, then roast for a further 25-30 mins until the meat is tender and the gnocchi is golden and crisp. Give everything a final shake, loosening any gnocchi from the tin, then serve with lemon wedges and the rest of the parsley.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze cooked turkey. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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