Rating: 3.55 stars
106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 33
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 5

We're calling this the ultimate autumnal dinner. Turkey thighs are braised in a combination of apple cider and cider vinegar along with Granny Smith apples and shallots. 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.

Everyday Food, October 2009

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prep:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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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Reviews (8)

106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 33
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5.0 stars
11/26/2020
I’ve never made any sort of turkey before and really wanted to challenge myself this year, and oh, it came out PERFECTLY!!! We had a little potluck outdoors, me and coworkers, and everyone raved about it. The meat fell perfectly off the bones and the great amounts of sauce was perfect over mashed potatoes. I made it with 4 turkey legs instead of the original amount, used a little extra Apple cider, free-styled a bit with extra spices like turmeric, allspice and cinnamon, used some fresh garlic with the shallots, and during the last 30 min, I added a few sliced pears and plums. Added a lil’ extra salt. Served with easy homemade cranberry sauce. All of this was incredibly simple to gather and put together. *chefs kiss* I will definitely make this again with my little additions! So happy I got to share this meal with my good friends.
Rating: 5.0 stars
11/26/2020
I’ve never made any sort of turkey before and really wanted to challenge myself this year, and oh, it came out PERFECTLY!!! We had a little potluck outdoors, me and coworkers, and everyone raved about it. The meat fell perfectly off the bones and the great amounts of sauce was perfect over mashed potatoes. I made it with 4 turkey legs instead of the original amount, used a little extra Apple cider, free-styled a bit with extra spices like turmeric, allspice and cinnamon, used some fresh garlic with the shallots, and during the last 30 min, I added a few sliced pears and plums. Added a lil’ extra salt. Served with easy homemade cranberry sauce. All of this was incredibly simple to gather and put together. *chefs kiss* I will definitely make this again with my little additions! So happy I got to share this meal with my good friends.
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2017
This is a wonderful, simple and inexpensive dish. I made it several times exactly as directed and I have since made some changes more by necessity as the recipe is fine as is. Most recently I used "hard" cider instead of fresh cider and homemade veg stock instead of chicken. I used an ounce of Calvados to deglaze the shallots. I put two apples in as directed and separately sauted the other two and added them about halfway into the cooking time, so that there are some apple pieces.
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Rating: Unrated
01/19/2015
"Serve with apples?" After two hours in hot liquid, the apples will be completely dissolved.
Rating: Unrated
06/30/2014
I have made this dish several times using turkey thighs and I loved it! Tonight I tried it with turkey breast cutlets, in an attempt to cut some calories, and the dish was just as spectacular!
Rating: Unrated
03/20/2014
We just finished this dish and we like it very much. I had to substitute apple juice for cider and onion for schallots, and two large yellow delicious apples for granny smith. The meat was very tender and the skin very crisp. I used the sauce with barley and had lots of sauce left over. Thanks Martha and crew.
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2013
I think the other reviewer must have made this wrong. I made this for the first turkey I made for a thanksgiving dinner and it was a HUGE hit. It stays moist and the apples break down into a wonderful sauce. I really recommend it.
Rating: 2 stars
10/03/2012
This recipe is okay at best. Wouldn't make it again or recommend it.