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Sage Turkey Thighs

 Sage Turkey Thighs
I created this for my boys, who love dark meat. It's more convenient than cooking a whole turkey. It reminds me of our traditional Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing that's seasoned with sage. —Natalie Swanson of Catonsville, Maryland
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours


  • 4 medium carrots, halved
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage, divided
  • 2 turkey thighs or turkey drumsticks (2 pounds total), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce, optional


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the carrots, onion, water, garlic and
  • 1 teaspoon sage. Top with turkey. Sprinkle with remaining sage.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a thermometer reads
  • 170°-175°.
  • Remove turkey to a serving platter; keep warm. Strain broth,
  • reserving vegetables. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a
  • small saucepan.
  • Place vegetables in a food processor; cover and process until smooth.
  • Add to cooking juices. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water
  • until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Add salt, pepper and, if

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Directions (continued)

  • desired, browning sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2
  • minutes or until thickened. Serve with turkey.
  • Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 4 ounces cooked turkey with 1/4 cup gravy equals 277 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 34 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 3 vegetable.