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Braised Turkey Shanks

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4



  • 1 large chopped tomato
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup sliced (hold back some whole okra for garnish) okra
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large Diced onion
  • 8 oz sliced smoked sausage
  • 4 Frenched turkey drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked collard greens
  • 1 cup toasted unsalted peanuts


Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the turkey drumsticks and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the sausage and onions and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the ginger root, garlic, sweet potatoes, celery, sliced okra and chicken stock. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the chopped tomato, collard greens and cayenne pepper, to taste. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes longer. Add the salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with whole okra and toasted peanuts.