Soul Food, Southern, Turkey

Smothered Turkey Wings

AB here from Smokin’ and Grillin wit AB, and today I’ve got a recipe that’s gonna set your taste buds on fire – Smothered Turkey Wings, Southern-style! Imagine tender, juicy turkey wings bathed in a rich, flavorful gravy that’s been injected with a kick of spice and seasoned to perfection. This dish is the epitome of Southern comfort, and I’m here to guide you through the smokin’ journey of making these mouthwatering Smothered Turkey Wings.

Now, let me tell you why you need to get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these Smothered Turkey Wings. Not only do they pack a punch of flavors with the perfect blend of Cajun spices, but they’re also the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re cookin’ up a family dinner or planning a feast for a special occasion, these wings are a surefire way to leave everyone beggin’ for seconds. Plus, the injection mix and the searing process guarantee that each bite is a burst of smoky, savory goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 pounds Turkey wings
  • 1/2 cup Hot sauce
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cups Chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons Poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (add more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 2 large Onions, chopped
  • 1 large Green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Butter (for roux)
  • 2 tablespoons All-purpose flour (for roux)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Start by preparing the turkey injection mix. Combine hot sauce, butter, Cajun seasoning, and chicken stock in a saucepan. Heat until the butter is melted, then set aside to cool.
  2. Inject the turkey wings with the cooled injection mix, making sure to distribute it evenly.
  3. In a small bowl, mix poultry seasoning, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Rub the seasoning mixture over the injected turkey wings.
  4. Heat a large, oven-safe dish over medium-high heat. Sear the wings on all sides until browned.
  5. Place the seared wings on a bed of chopped onions, sliced green bell peppers, and chopped garlic in the oven-safe dish.
  6. In the same skillet used for searing, add butter. Whisk in all-purpose flour to create a roux. Stir continuously over medium heat until the roux turns golden brown.
  7. Gradually whisk in chicken stock, ensuring there are no lumps. Allow the mixture to thicken into a flavorful gravy. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Pour the prepared gravy over the turkey wings in the oven-safe dish, ensuring they are well-coated.
  9. Cover the dish and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 2 to 2.5 hours or until the turkey wings are tender.
  10. Once tender, serve the wings over rice, mashed potatoes, or your preferred side.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Ensure the turkey wings are patted dry before injecting and seasoning for better flavor absorption.
  • Use a meat injector to distribute the injection mix evenly throughout the wings.
  • Searing the wings before baking enhances the smoky flavor and locks in the juices.
  • Adjust the salt and Cajun seasoning to suit your taste preferences.

Variations:

  1. Try adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to the injection mix for a tangy twist.
  2. Experiment with different Cajun seasoning blends for unique flavor profiles.
  3. Substitute half of the butter in the injection mix with olive oil for a lighter option.
  4. Add a tablespoon of honey to the injection mix for a touch of sweetness.
  5. Include chopped fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary in the seasoning mix for added freshness.

What to Serve With:

  1. Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  2. Fluffy Southern-Style Biscuits
  3. Cajun Dirty Rice
  4. Buttery Corn on the Cob
  5. Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey
  6. Garlic Butter Green Beans
  7. Cornbread Stuffing
  8. Sweet Potato Casserole
  9. Southern Macaroni and Cheese
  10. Coleslaw with a Zesty Vinaigrette

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Smothered Turkey Wings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine hot sauce, 1 cup of butter, Cajun seasoning, and chicken stock. Heat over medium-low heat until the butter is melted, stirring to combine. Set aside to cool.

  2. Using a meat injector, inject the cooled turkey injection mix into various parts of each turkey wing. Make sure to distribute the injection evenly. In a small bowl, mix together poultry seasoning, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Rub the seasoning mixture evenly over the injected turkey wings.

  3. Heat a large, oven-safe dish over medium-high heat. Add a bit of oil to the dish and sear the injected and seasoned turkey wings on all sides until browned. Remove the wings and place them on a bed of chopped onions, sliced green bell peppers, and chopped garlic in the oven-safe dish.

  4. In the same skillet used for searing, add 3 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to create a roux. Stir continuously over medium heat until the roux turns golden brown.

  5. Gradually whisk in the chicken stock, ensuring there are no lumps. Allow the mixture to thicken into a flavorful gravy. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

  6. Pour the prepared gravy over the turkey wings in the oven-safe dish, ensuring they are well-coated.

  7. Cover the dish and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 2 to 2.5 hours or until the turkey wings are tender.

  8. Once the wings are tender and the flavors have melded, serve them over rice, mashed potatoes, or your preferred side.

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