This right here, is the cheat code to fulfilling that turkey craving during the holidays without having to deal with cooking a huge bird and worrying about what you’ll do with all of that leftover turkey. Turkey wings are always a hit, and these braised wings only take 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, so dinner will be ready and on the table in the blink of an eye.
Braised Turkey Wings
Today I am breaking down the braising technique that is used in this recipe. These steps can be used interchanging any protein (beef/lamb/chicken for turkey), wine (red instead of white), or stock (beef/veal/seafood for chicken) to create a whole new dish. I am also breaking down the method of making a pan sauce from the braising liquid using a roux. The use of a roux helps to bind and thicken the liquid into a gravy consistency.
These are the basic steps to braising:
- Sear protein
- Sauté mirepoix (carrots, onion & celery)
- Deglaze pan with wine
- Add aromatics, protein, and enough stock to cover the protein by 2/3rd’s
- bring to a boil, cover, and place in a 300°F to 350°F oven until tender
- Remove protein and serve with a sauce or gravy (often made from the liquid the protein was braised in)
You can use these steps to braise any and everything your heart desires, from vegetables, to meat, to fish. The possibilities are endless.
The pan gravy that accompanies these turkey wings is filled with the flavor from the aromatics used in the braising liquid, and is so simple to put together. The only extra step you will have to take after straining the braising liquid is making a roux in a small saucepan. A roux is a mixture of equal parts flour and fat (butter in most cases), and is used as a thickening agent. We’re using it here to turn the braising liquid into a gravy.
You want to add only a few ladles of braising liquid to the roux, whisking vigorously until each ladle is incorporated and you have a smooth mixture. You are then going to add that mixture into the bigger pot with the rest of the braising liquid and whisk until combined. The reason we’re doing this in a separate pot first is so there is less of a chance that the gravy with have lumps of flour. This method ensures a smooth silky gravy every time.
All of Your Braised Turkey Wing Questions, Answered:
No! I cut the tips of the turkey wings off so they can fit in the pot easier. I freeze them and save them for later use. They make a great turkey stock.
You can skip the wine and just use some chicken stock to deglaze the pan, however the wine brings a beautiful depth of flavor to the dish, so I highly recommend using it.
Any dry white wine works great here, and it does not have to be expensive. A $12-$15 bottle of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc is perfect!
No, it would no longer be braising. Pour enough stock in the pot to go up the turkey wings about 2/3rd’s of the way.