Food & Wine

Ideas for Christmas. Part 1. Turkey leg in crust

This crusted turkey recipe also called “Wellington” is the ideal alternative to the usual Christmas roast. The wrapping of puff pastry is usual in Christmas recipes; symbolizes the swaddling clothes of the infant Jesus. In fact, it is very often used to prepare them right in the Christmas period.

Ingredients (for 2 persons):
1 turkey leg ~ boneless~ (800 gr) – 60 ml extra virgin olive oil – 300 ml white wine – 2 cloves of garlic – 2- 3 sage leaves – Salt 2 pinches

2 rolls of puff pastry
1 yolk + 2 tablespoons of milk

Method: Preheat the oven 180°C / 392° F

1. In a pan or in a large pot, heat the oil, add the garlic and the sage leaves.

2. Add the turkey leg. Brown it evenly on both sides for 10 min

3. Add the white wine and the salt.
Cover with a lid. Cook over low heat for 45 min

4. Check the cooking with a long skewer stick. When the turkey is ready, a clear/ transparent and diaphanous liquid will come out. (Pink liquid means it’s still raw in depth)

When it’s ready, remove it from the heat, let it cool completely and dry the meat well with kitchen paper

5. Coat the turkey (cold and dried) with the whole pastry

6. Pierce with a fork on both sides to prevent the pastry from swelling during cooking

7. Cut the second sheet into strips and form the classic grid for tarts. (Photo gallery below)

8. Coat the turkey with the pastry grid, sealing the edges tightly at the back side of the leg.

9. Brush the pastry with 1 beaten egg yolk together with 2 tablespoons of milk 10.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200 ° C for 20 – 25 min until the pastry is golden. Serve with roasted baby potatoes.

Recommended wine: In general, a medium-bodied red wine is the pergect choice, especially if you space between Barbera and Merlot, two different worlds but both perfectly matched to baked turkey.

27 responses

  1. Jo

    It looks beautiful… but it’s so hard to make…

    Liked by 1 person

    5 December 2020 at 19:16

    • You mean the grill ! It’s like the paper craft we used to do at school! Thank you Jo for stopping by!


      5 December 2020 at 20:53

      • Jo

        Well, you’re an artist in the kitchen. That’s for sure.


        6 December 2020 at 8:15

      • Very kind, thank you!


        6 December 2020 at 11:53

  2. All I can say is “WOW”!


    5 December 2020 at 20:56

  3. Bonjour,
    J’ai entendu dire que tu parlais français 😊
    Si j’ai bien compris la cuise doit être cuite à cœur avant de l’envelopper de pâte pour la seconde cuisson?
    Ça semble délicieux 🤗


    5 December 2020 at 22:36

    • Bonsoir Kakuma 🙂
      Oui c’est exact. La viande est cuite à la poêle ou dans une casserole pendant 45 min (800gr). La deuxième cuisson (in the oven/ au four) est uniquement pour la cuisson des pâtes feuilletées (20 min/180 min C)
      Ps. Mon français est encore à l’école! Merci pour la question! Très heureux que ça te plaise! 💕Xristina

      Liked by 1 person

      5 December 2020 at 23:14

      • Your french is quite good 😉 Merci pour ces précisions 🥰


        6 December 2020 at 0:08

      • Really?! 👍 The important thing is to understand each other! Merci beaucoup à toi ! 💕

        Liked by 1 person

        6 December 2020 at 0:28

  4. cuisse* 😅

    Liked by 1 person

    5 December 2020 at 22:36

  5. This is a work of art! You could open a cooking school to teach chefs how to prepare delicious and visually stunning entrees. Excellent work!


    6 December 2020 at 1:01

    • Omg very kind! 🙏Thank you for this spontaneous and sincere thought, it really fills me with joy…But for me it’s just my super favorite hobby. Grazie mille! 🌷

      Liked by 1 person

      6 December 2020 at 1:23

  6. Sounds so delicious. Will try it for sure.♥️😍♥️😘

    Liked by 1 person

    6 December 2020 at 1:14

    • Yes “ugetse” absolutely give it a try, it’s really delicious. Thank you very much for stopping by🙏💕👋


      6 December 2020 at 1:28

  7. When is the bone gone?


    6 December 2020 at 8:16

  8. C’est magnifique Xristina ,
    Comme d’habitude ton sens artistique et ton goût sont du plus bel effet !!!
    Bonne journée et merci pour ces beautés


    6 December 2020 at 14:57

    • Vraiment très gentille Corinne, so so glad you like it; plutot merci to you for keeps me company everyday avec vos merveilleux articles! 👏 Bonne soirée! Xristina


      6 December 2020 at 18:27

  9. C’est décidé, je me lance dans cette recette pour le soir du 1er Janvier 🤞


    18 December 2020 at 22:05

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