Apple-Braised Turkey Thighs

This dish is quick to prepare and tastes even better the next day; let it cool completely in the pan sauce, then reheat gently in a covered pot.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, October 2009

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 turkey thighs (about 2 pounds total)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 Cortland or Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, and cored
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 14.5 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season turkey on both sides with salt and pepper and add to pot, skin side down. Cook until skin is golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer turkey to a plate and add shallots to pot. Cook until shallots soften, about 5 minutes. Add apples and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Return turkey, skin side up, to pot; add cider and broth. Bring to a boil, cover, then place pot in oven. Cook 1 1/2 hours. Uncover; cook 30 minutes more.

  3. Remove pot from oven and transfer turkey to a plate. Skim fat from cooking liquid and stir in vinegar. Slice meat off bones (discard bones) and serve turkey with apples and pan sauce.

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