I'm Leila. I love to make food. My recipes are fresh & simple but only because I'm lazy.


Turkey Legs— Gigantic Finger Food

Turkey Legs— Gigantic Finger Food

So, I’ve been pretty lazy about cooking since school started back (home-school). 

This week I couldn’t even muster the energy to write a grocery list. So, I had my kids do it. Can you believe the list was like all carbs? This is why children need mothers.

Gabe, my youngest, surprised me by asking me to make Turkey legs. He had only had Smoked turkey legs at Disney World. I was up for the challenge! The meal turned out really fun. Five year olds are smart.

I brined the turkey first because it makes the meat more tender and flavorful..

Roasted Turkey Legs

Serves 6



  • 6 Turkey Legs (or 1 per person)
  • 1 Cup salt
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • A few peppercorns


  • 1T. Paprika
  • 1 T Onion powder
  • 1 T Celery seeds
  • 1 T Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1/2 Stick of butter, softened (4 oz)


In the morning, dissolve salt in a quart of hot water. Stir. Pour in a large container or pot and add 3 more quarts cold water. Add turkey legs, bay leaves and peppercorns to the brine. Cover and refrigerate (4-12 hrs).

Mix dry seasonings in a bowl.

Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Remove legs from the brine and pat dry. Rub them with softened butter and the seasonings. In a shallow roasting pan, roast for about an 1  1/2 hrs. or until internal temperature reaches 175 degrees. Turn once during cooking.

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