Easy Roast Turkey Thighs with Apple Sauce

Roast Turkey Thighs with Apple Sauce

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Roast Turkey Thighs with Apple Sauce

Roast Turkey Thighs with Apple Sauce

Roast Turkey Thighs with Apple Sauce" is a culinary masterpiece that artfully combines the savory richness of roast turkey thighs with the sweet and tangy embrace of homemade apple sauce. This recipe offers a delightful and elegant culinary experience, suitable for both special occasions and everyday meals.
In this recipe, you'll learn to select the finest turkey thighs, season them with care, and master the art of roasting to achieve tender, succulent results. The homemade apple sauce, a harmonious blend of sweet and tart flavors, complements the roast turkey thighs beautifully.
Whether you're a seasoned home chef seeking an impressive centerpiece for your table or a novice looking to add a touch of sophistication to your cooking, this dish is a perfect choice. "Roast Turkey Thighs with Apple Sauce" celebrates the marriage of tradition and innovation, offering a delightful dining experience that delights the palate and elevates every meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 100/3 (oz/kg) turkey thighs (2-3 thighs)
  • 35/1 (oz/kg) sweet apples
  • salt or salted red pepper paste
  • ground black pepper
  • garlic to taste (I use about 10 garlic cloves)
  • 13.5/400 (fl oz/ml) water, vegetable/chicken stock, or white wine
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil or olive oil
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves (you can replace them with 1 tsp of with cinnamon and/or nutmeg)
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar


  • season the turkey thighs with salt or red pepper paste, then place them on the tray.
  • grind some black pepper over the thighs.
  • pour 2/3 of water, stock, or wine into the tray and some oil over the turkey thighs.
  • peel the garlic, chop or mince it, and add it to the tray.
  • cover the tray with foil and place it into the oven at 180 C/360 F for about 1/2 hour or until the turkey is slightly softened.
  • meanwhile, put 2 tbsp of honey into a bowl and pour over it some lukewarm water, then mix well until the honey is dissolved completely.
  • crush the cloves and add them to the honey bowl, season with some salt and black pepper to taste, then mix the ingredients.
  • peel the apples, remove the stubs, and cut them into quarters.
  • pour the flavored honey over apples and mix the ingredients well.
  • remove the tray from the oven, remove the foil, and place the apples on the tray.
  • put the tray back in the oven and roast the ingredients at about 200 C/390 F until golden (about 60-90 minutes), flip the thighs 1-2 times to cook evenly (optional.)
  • remove the tray from the oven and place the apples into a blender or high dish.
  • add the vinegar and 1 spoon of honey over apples, then chop them by hand or by hand mixer until you get a smooth sauce.
  • slice the roasted turkey thighs and serve them with about 1-2 spoons of apple sauce over each roast turkey piece.


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

1. Choose the Right Apples: Select firm and slightly tart apples like Granny Smith or Braeburn. These varieties hold their shape when roasted and balance the richness of the turkey.
2. Season the Apples: Instead honey, you can season the apples with a touch of brown sugar, cinnamon, and a drizzle of olive oil before roasting. This enhances their flavor and aroma, creating a delicious sauce.
3. Monitor Turkey Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey thighs. Roast them until they reach a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are fully cooked.
4. Baste the Turkey and Apples: During roasting, baste the turkey thighs and apples with their own juices to keep them moist and flavorful. This also helps in caramelizing the apples.
5. Create a Smooth Apple Sauce: After roasting, transfer the roasted apples to a blender or food processor to create a smooth apple sauce. Adjust the sauce’s sweetness and consistency to your liking by adding honey or apple cider if necessary.

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FAQs about the Slow-Roast Turkey Thighs Recipe with Apples

Can I use other types of apples for the apple sauce?

Absolutely, while Granny Smith and Braeburn apples work well, you can use other apple varieties like Fuji or Honeycrisp. Just keep in mind their sweetness and adjust the sugar accordingly.

Do I need to peel the apples before roasting and making the sauce?

Peeling the apples is not mandatory, but I recommend it for a very fine sauce texture. However, roasting them with their skins adds texture and flavor to the sauce. After roasting, you can blend the sauce to a smooth consistency.

Can I prepare the apple sauce in advance and reheat it when serving?

Yes, you can prepare the apple sauce in advance and reheat it when serving. Store it in the refrigerator and gently reheat on the stovetop, adding a splash of water if needed to achieve the desired consistency.

What herbs and seasonings pair well with the roast turkey thighs with apple sauce?

For added flavors, you can season the turkey in advance with classic herbs like thyme, rosemary, and sage. For the apple sauce, instead cloves, a touch of cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg add warmth and complement the turkey beautifully.

Can I use boneless turkey thighs instead of bone-in thighs for this recipe?

Yes, you can use boneless turkey thighs if you prefer. Adjust the cooking time to ensure they are fully cooked, as boneless thighs may cook slightly faster than bone-in ones.

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