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Cranberry-Orange Turkey


An incredibly easy to put together meal … and extremely tasty way of enjoying your turkey, too … when I served this up for dinner, hubby said “Wow! It’s Christmas allover again!” 😉


I used turkey drumsticks/legs … it’s huge so 1 drumstick per person is plenty!


You will need 14 or 16 oz can of whole berry cranberry sauce … I added a handful of dried cranberries, too since I have plenty of those 🙂


Add 1 cup store bought bottled French Dressing to the whole berry cranberry sauce


Grate the rind of one orange and then squeeze the orange and add the rind & ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice to the cranberry sauce & French dressing


Now, add in 1 oz (half a packet) of onion soup mix


This is optional and may be omitted if you are on a low-salt diet … otherwise, add ½ tsp seasoned salt


Mix the marinade well and pour over the turkey drumsticks


Marinade the turkey drumsticks, covered in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight


Baked, uncovered for about 50 – 60 mins until turkey drumsticks are tender and serve up on it’s own with some steamed vegetables or with some steamed rice or even mashed potatoes


Ingredients :

4 – 6 turkey drumsticks/legs 

1  14 – 16 oz can 
whole cranberry sauce

1   cup 
bottled French salad dressing

grated orange rind of 1 orange

½ cup freshly squeezed 
orange juice

  1 oz 
onion soup mix (½ of a 2 oz pack)

½ tsp 
seasoned salt

Methods :

  1. Lightly coat a 13x9x2-inch (3-quart rectangular) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Arrange turkey drumsticks in bottom of prepared baking dishh and set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, combine cranberry sauce, salad dressing, orange juice, onion soup mix and seasoned salt, stir to mix well
  4. Evenly pour marinade sauce over turkey legs 
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight
  6. Bake, uncovered, in a 180ºC oven for 50 – 60 minutes until turkey drumsticks are tender
  7. Serve up with some steamed vegetables or if you prefer, serve up with some steamed rice or mashed potatoes to mob up the awesome, tasty gravy 

2 responses »

  1. This sounds very tasty. As much as we like turkey, I wonder why we save it for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    • Indeed Lulu … I actually enjoy turkey so ya, why can’t we just have turkey now and again on our dinner table … so whenever I see turkey joints at the supermarket, I’d buy them for dinner 😉 Try this recipe out … simple to prepare and absolutely relish!


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