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Roast Turkey Thigh and Salad Wraps Recipe

Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or underused ingredients.

Roast turkey thigh, salad, wraps and various condiments and accompaniments are all taken to the table for everyone to help themselves.

Roast turkey thigh, salad, wraps and various condiments and accompaniments are all taken to the table for everyone to help themselves.

The Challenges of Creating Family Meals That Work for Everyone

Creating a simple meal that all the family can enjoy together can often be frustrating and represent a bit of a chore as well as a challenge. Different tastes and preferences may well mean that some component parts of the meal have to be laid only on certain plates. The easiest way of addressing the problem is probably by putting all the assembled ingredients on the table in individual dishes and allowing each family member to help themselves to what they do or do not require.

Unfortunately, preparing and serving a meal in this way can often generate a lot of additional work—especially when it comes to the washing up—and in practice may best be reserved for special occasions. That is why this idea of easy to prepare and assemble dishes, accompanied by a main ingredient and tortilla wraps, makes for a really simple solution to the problem, especially in summer. The idea is very similar to the concept of Spanish tapas, where a little bit is eaten from a wide variety of dishes served in small portions.

This whole turkey thigh has been defrosted overnight in the fridge.

This whole turkey thigh has been defrosted overnight in the fridge.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour

1 hour

2 hours

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (approximately 3 pounds) whole turkey thigh, fully defrosted (if applicable)
  • 2 pork sausages
  • 2 tablespoons Indian-spiced onions
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped chives
  • 4-inch piece of mooli, peeled and grated (makes around 2 tablespoons)
  • 12 pitted black olives, quartered
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry and port sauce
  • 2 generous handfuls fresh watercress
  • 3 small tomatoes, quartered
  • 4-inch piece of cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 12 tortilla wraps
  • Butter, olive oil or substitute for turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying sausages

Note: The ingredients listed above are those precise items which were used in this particular meal. The nature of this creation means that almost all of them can be substituted or omitted to suit the individual tastes of you and your family—even the turkey could be swapped for chicken, pork or beef! Think of this, therefore, merely as a suggested list of ingredients and adapt it as and where you see fit.

Instructions for Cooking a Turkey Thigh

  1. Ideally, the turkey thigh should be removed from the fridge a couple of hours before cooking and allowed to reach room temperature (covered).
  2. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Cut off and discard any elasticated netting that was used to help the turkey thigh keep its shape in the packaging. Wash the thigh in cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  4. You can use butter or olive oil for greasing tray/rubbing turkey but, in this case, I tried a product which is supposed to do the job of either with considerably lower saturated fat content. I believe it worked very well. Whatever you are using, first grease/oil the tray and lay the turkey thigh in place. Add more butter/oil to the exposed part of the turkey and rub it in well with your hands. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Put the turkey thigh in the oven for an hour.
  6. Remove the turkey thigh from the oven and check with a skewer that the juices run clear. Cover with foil and leave to rest for half an hour before carving for service.

Imaginative Wrap Inclusions

Below is a guide to precisely what I included in this seven ramekin set. Remember, these are only suggestions and are based more than anything upon what I had to use up in my fridge. Why not see what you can come up with in a similar way?

The order below is the order of the photos above:

  1. Indian-spiced onions: These onions can be purchased from a great many supermarkets or delis, but why not have a go at making them yourself? This allows for experimentation and adaptation as you learn precisely how hot or otherwise your family like them served.
  2. Chive and garlic mayo: The mayo is added to a bowl, and the chopped chives and garlic are added and stirred through, before the mix is added to the ramekin with a teaspoon. This is a lot easier than trying to stir and combine them in the ramekin!
  3. Sliced pork sausage: A variation on the chipolatas which are often associated with Christmas turkey. As soon as the turkey is in the oven, fry the pork sausages in a little oil on a very low heat for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from heat and leave to cool before slicing into discs.
  4. Grated mooli (daikon)
  5. Grated cheese
  6. Chopped black olives
  7. Cranberry and port sauce
Salad for wraps is placed in a simple serving dish.

Salad for wraps is placed in a simple serving dish.

Preparing the Simple Salad

Lay the watercress in the base of a serving dish. Intersperse the tomato and cucumber pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Presentation Is Still Important at the Family Dinner Table

Assemble your ramekins on a serving tray or, in this case, in the serving platter which forms part of the set. A further benefit of serving this way is, in the event of any leftovers, just apply one sheet of plastic wrap over the whole dish and it's ready for the fridge.

Carefully carve the turkey into fairly small slices and transfer to a serving plate.

Wraps Should Be Heated at the Last Minute

The wraps are so quick to prepare that you should only turn your attention to them when everything else is ready for the table. Check the instructions on the packs you buy. In this instance, they required only seven to eight seconds each side in a very hot, dry frying pan.

Begin by scattering lukewarm water over a clean tea towel to lightly dampen it. Lay it on a plate. As you heat the wraps, lay them on the towel and wrap it over to keep the wraps moist and fresh until they are ready to be assembled at the table.

The Approximate Cost of This Meal

Note that in this list, the quantities of both the tomatoes and the olives were greater than needed. So they went towards preparing another meal.

ItemExact Cost (British Pounds Sterling)Approximate US Dollars Equivalent Cost (June 2012)

Turkey thigh

2.00

3.10

Jar of black olives in brine

0.79

1.22

8 tomatoes on vine

0.80

1.24

Half a cucumber

0.45

0.69

12 tortilla wraps

1.34

2.07

Total

5.38

8.32

Tips for Buying a Turkey Thigh and Keeping Meal Costs Down

It is very often possible in modern times to buy turkey portions in supermarkets, either fresh or frozen. This purchase was a whole turkey leg in the form of the separated thigh and drumstick. The cost was £4 (GB pounds). As the two portions were of similar weight, they can be counted as costing £2 each. The turkey drumstick was used fresh—a couple of weeks prior to this meal being prepared—and the thigh frozen. Remember to defrost the thigh fully in the bottom of the refrigerator for about 24 hours before use.

When thinking about what individual items to serve with your turkey and wraps, your first step should be to look in your fridge, store cupboards or larder. Consider what suitable items you already have available, especially ones which will spoil if they are not used in the next day or two. This way, you save money by cutting down your grocery list and save on waste by using up foods which may otherwise spoil.

The table above shows my actual shopping list for preparing this meal—following the fridge and cupboards scavenge—minus the turkey thigh, which was already in the deep freeze. Compare it to the list of ingredients further up and see how much I saved by employing this tactic. Don't think of this as scrimping and being mean—it certainly is not. You're serving quality food that your family is likely to enjoy, as well as cutting down on costs and waste at the same time. Win, win and win.

This turkey thigh and drumstick were bought as a very price-friendly package deal.

This turkey thigh and drumstick were bought as a very price-friendly package deal.

Comments

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 16, 2017:

Thank you, Peggy. I hope you enjoy the port and cranberry sauce (it's delicious!) and the spiced onions.

Peggy Wds on March 11, 2017:

Your recipe looks and sounds delicious. I did not know what mooli was until you also labeled it daikon. I love using daikon radishes in many different ways. They keep for a long time refrigerated with plastic wrap over a cut side.

You also introduced me to a couple of other ingredients of which I have never tried. The port and cranberry sauce and the Indian spiced onions are the ones. I'll have to look for them and give them a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on December 20, 2012:

Thank you very much, gmwilliams - you are almost making me blush! :) Food and the sourcing of food both play a big part in my life and work so who knows what the future may hold, even though I wouldn't be sure how to go about something like that. Thanks again and I'll be sure to let you know if anything develops on that front...

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on December 20, 2012:

Hi, Claudia. Yes, it did and I truly appreciate the honours. Thanks for the comment and the congratulations.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on December 20, 2012:

Thanks, Vicki! I'm surprised you don't have ready access to turkey portions. I would have thought that they would also have been fairly popular in the US as well. You are, however, absolutely correct in that chicken thighs or breasts could be used - though you would of course need to up the quantity :)

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on December 20, 2012:

Thanks for popping in again, moonlake - that was kind of you. It's unquestionably a double honour of which I'm proud and grateful.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on December 20, 2012:

Thanks, CZCZCZ. I'm glad you're a fellow fan of turkey wraps and this variation appeals to you. I hope you enjoy :)

Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on December 20, 2012:

TOLD you that YOU ARE AN EXCELLENT COOK. Now, let's start becoming a widely published cookbook author. You definitely have the talent!

Claudia Tello from Mexico on December 20, 2012:

Oh! This hub won a prize in the recipe contest as well didn't it? Now Hub of the Day, wow! What a huge success! I am glad you are highly rated :) Congratulations!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 20, 2012:

What a great mix of flavors! I haven't seen the option to buy a large turkey thigh by itself over here. I'll bet I could use chicken thighs, though, huh? Or even chicken breasts? Nice hub. Congrats on HOTD!

moonlake from America on December 20, 2012:

Congratulations on Hub of The Day. I've been on here before to congratulate you on best family recipe in the contest. That's pretty good one hub gets two awards but it's well deserved.

This time I want to tell you I love the way the dishes look on here and of course the food sounds so good.

CZCZCZ from Oregon on December 20, 2012:

Great looking recipe! Turkey wraps are a favorite of mine and I will be giving this variety a try, thanks a bunch for sharing this very well prepared hub. Congrats on getting the hub of the day , you earned it for sure!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 15, 2012:

Thank you, moonlake. I appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the concept if you give it a go.

moonlake from America on July 13, 2012:

Great hub. Congratulations on your win. These look great will have to keep this recipe. Voted Up and PinIt.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 09, 2012:

Thanks, Purple Perl. I hope this is something you may try.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 09, 2012:

Thank you very much, ktrapp, for the congrats, comment and that wonderful analogy I've told my sea fishing friends about :) It's good to cook something other than fish every now and again!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 09, 2012:

Thank you, vespawoolf! Appreciate it

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on July 08, 2012:

Gordon, congrats! I always loved your hubs! And I loved this recipe too!Voted up and useful!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on July 06, 2012:

I'm so excited to see that you (aka "The Gorton Fisherman") won best family recipe in the contest - but for turkey, not fish! You have a terrific collection of recipes so congratulations on this well-deserved final prize win.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 06, 2012:

Congrats on winning the best budget-friendly family recipe in the contest! It's well deserved!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 02, 2012:

Thanks, vespawoolf.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 02, 2012:

Hi, ktrapp. Thanks for visiting and the congratulations. Yes, this turkey was really moist and I think the thigh is a great part of the bird to cook for best, most juicy results.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 29, 2012:

Wow, this is a beautiful hub. Congrats on a well-deserved win in the contest!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 29, 2012:

The carved turkey looks so moist and delicious. What a great idea for a family meal and how nice and easy this hearty meal is on the family budget. Congratulations on a very well-deserved recipe contest win!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 29, 2012:

Hi, Simone. Thanks very much for visiting and commenting. I'm glad you like the idea and can obviously relate to it. I find it's a great way of pleasing as many people as possible - and at a very attractive price! :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 29, 2012:

This would be a great family meal! My parents and I would sometimes have burrito nights, which I loved, but we never went so far as to prepare special ingredients for them or make delicious salad wraps like these. This is excellent, and I love how inexpensive it is.

BTW, thanks for giving price estimates in both pounds and dollars!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 25, 2012:

Hi, Dave and thanks for visiting. Yes, I often buy different turkey portions as well. They're great for smaller scale meals when you don't maybe have the numbers to justify buying and cooking the whole bird, or you simply don't want the scale of the leftovers.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on June 25, 2012:

I love turkey and often buy the partial portions. I'll have to give this a try.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 24, 2012:

Hi, Nell. Hope it's an idea you enjoy, however you choose to adapt it.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 24, 2012:

Thank you janices7. I hope these ideas are ones you will find useful and that you can adapt them to your own tastes and circumstances.

Nell Rose from England on June 23, 2012:

This looks absolutely delicious! what a great idea, anything with chicken is great for me, and I am always on the lookout for different ideas, wonderful! voted up! cheers nell

Janice S on June 23, 2012:

Great step-by-step instructions. The images are so helpful!