I have bought 4 Turkey turkey legs that I would like to serve at the same time as the rest of the turkey. I am baking the turkey. At what point in time during the baking do I add the additional legs so they are done at the same time?

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    This is impossible to answer without knowing the size of your turkey, how you intend to cook it, your oven temperature.....it is best to use a thermometer. Are the other legs still attached to the turkey? If so, why wouldn't they all go in together? If not (which is how I would do it), I would start with the legs, and add the breast later (which cooks to a lower temperature).
    – moscafj
    Dec 23, 2020 at 12:23

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It's hard to say exactly, it depends on the size of the turkey and the size of the extra legs, and whether the turkey is stuffed or not. I always cut the legs off my turkey so they don't dry out, they take between 1 and 1.5 hours to cook. I usually let the turkey bake for an hour before adding the legs, then I start checking the legs' temperature an hour after that. This generally means the legs and turkey body are done about the same time. I'm usually roasting a 16lb (7kg) turkey though, if yours is smaller you'd probably want to reduce those times somewhat.

  • do you bake the legs covered or uncovered?
    – Bookaholic
    Dec 23, 2020 at 13:00
  • It doesn't matter much with legs @Bookaholic.
    – GdD
    Dec 23, 2020 at 13:10
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    This doesn't make sense to me. If you let your breast roast, then add the legs, it seems to me you will have overcooked white meat, and/or under cooked dark meat. It is going to take a lot longer for the legs to "dry out" than the breast.
    – moscafj
    Dec 23, 2020 at 13:19
  • Legs are much smaller than breasts, have a greater surface area and have a large bone running through the center of the meat so they cook much faster @moscafj.
    – GdD
    Dec 23, 2020 at 15:34
  • While I agree with your description of a turkey leg, I can't vouch for your cooking process. It just hasn't worked that way for me.
    – moscafj
    Dec 23, 2020 at 16:15

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