Roast Turkey Thigh and Salad Wraps

Updated on October 19, 2015
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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

Family Meal Challenges

Creating a simple meal which 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.

List of Ingredients

Whole turkey thigh has been defrosted overnight in the fridge
Whole turkey thigh has been defrosted overnight in the fridge

What You Will Need to Prepare this Budget Family Meal

The ingredients listed below 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.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (approx 3lb) whole turkey thigh, fully defrosted (if applicable)
  • 2 pork sausages
  • 2 tbsp Indian spiced onions
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped chives
  • 4 inch piece of mooli, peeled and grated (makes around 2 tbsp)
  • 12 pitted black olives, quartered
  • 2oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp 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

Tips for Buying a Turkey Thigh and Keeping Meal Costs Down

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

Turkey Portions are Often Very Budget Friendly

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 £4.00 (GB Pounds), so as the two portions were of similar weight, they can be counted as costing £2.00 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 twenty-four 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 below 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 a little bit 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...

Item
Exact 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
Note also in this list that the quantities of both the tomatoes and the olives were greater than needed so go towards preparing another meal

Preparing and Cooking the Turkey Thigh

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Thigh is rubbed with butter, olive oil or - as in this instance - an alleged at least heart healthy substitute for bothTurkey thigh is ready for the ovenTurkey thigh is removed from the oven and ready to be restedTurkey thigh is laid on chopping board for carvingCarved turkey thigh ready for table
Thigh is rubbed with butter, olive oil or - as in this instance - an alleged at least heart healthy substitute for both
Thigh is rubbed with butter, olive oil or - as in this instance - an alleged at least heart healthy substitute for both
Turkey thigh is ready for the oven
Turkey thigh is ready for the oven
Turkey thigh is removed from the oven and ready to be rested
Turkey thigh is removed from the oven and ready to be rested
Turkey thigh is laid on chopping board for carving
Turkey thigh is laid on chopping board for carving
Carved turkey thigh ready for table
Carved turkey thigh ready for table

How to Cook a Turkey Thigh: Step by Step Instructions

  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. Put your oven on to preheat to 400F/200C.
  3. Cut off and discard any elasticated netting which 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, firstly 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.

Preparing the Tapas Style Ramekin Platter

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Indian style spiced onionsChive and garlic maypCooked and sliced pork sausagesGrated fresh mooliGrated cheddar cheeseChopped black olivesPort and cranberry sauce
Indian style spiced onions
Indian style spiced onions
Chive and garlic mayp
Chive and garlic mayp
Cooked and sliced pork sausages
Cooked and sliced pork sausages
Grated fresh mooli
Grated fresh mooli
Grated cheddar cheese
Grated cheddar cheese
Chopped black olives
Chopped black olives
Port and cranberry sauce
Port and cranberry sauce
Norpro 4oz/120ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6
Norpro 4oz/120ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6

Ramekins are perfect for a wide variety of different purposes in the home kitchen. If you don't have a set, you may want to pick one up, for preparing not only this meal but a whole host of others.

 

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 twenty minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from heat and leave to cool before slicing in to discs.
  4. Grated mooli (daikon)
  5. Grated cheese
  6. Chopped black olives
  7. Cranberry and port sauce

Preparing the Simple Salad

Salad for wraps is placed in a simple serving dish
Salad for wraps is placed in a simple serving dish

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

Serving the Turkey and Assorted Accompaniments

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Ramekins are assembled on serving tray or dishCarved turkey thigh is ready to serve with wraps
Ramekins are assembled on serving tray or dish
Ramekins are assembled on serving tray or dish
Carved turkey thigh is ready to serve with wraps
Carved turkey thigh is ready to serve with wraps

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. One sheet of plastic wrap over the whole dish and its ready for the fridge.

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

Heating and Serving the Wraps

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Wraps are heated one by one and kept moist in a warm, damp tea towelTowel is folded over wraps to keep them in pristine condition
Wraps are heated one by one and kept moist in a warm, damp tea towel
Wraps are heated one by one and kept moist in a warm, damp tea towel
Towel is folded over wraps to keep them in pristine condition
Towel is folded over wraps to keep them in pristine condition

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 pack or packs you buy but 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.

Thank You for Visiting - Hopefully this Page has Provided You with Inspiration

4.7 stars from 11 ratings of this turkey thigh family sharing platter

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      • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        19 months ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

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

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        Peggy Wds 

        19 months ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

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

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        Gordon Hamilton 

        5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

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

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        Grace Marguerite Williams 

        5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

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

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        Claudia Tello 

        5 years ago from Mexico

        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!

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        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        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!

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        moonlake 

        5 years ago from America

        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.

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        CZCZCZ 

        5 years ago from Oregon

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

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

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        moonlake 

        6 years ago from America

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

      • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

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

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        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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!

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        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Thank you, vespawoolf! Appreciate it

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        Purple Perl 

        6 years ago from Bangalore,India

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

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        Kristin Trapp 

        6 years ago from Illinois

        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.

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        vespawoolf 

        6 years ago from Peru, South America

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

      • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Thanks, vespawoolf.

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        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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.

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        vespawoolf 

        6 years ago from Peru, South America

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

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        Kristin Trapp 

        6 years ago from Illinois

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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! :)

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        Simone Haruko Smith 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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.

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        Dave Mathews 

        6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

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

      • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

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

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        Gordon Hamilton 

        6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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.

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        Nell Rose 

        6 years ago from England

        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

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        Janice S 

        6 years ago

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

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