A: Inside outside drum-side crumb-side!

OR- Topsy-turvy turkey dinner.

Thanksgiving didn’t factor much when I was growing up, and Christmas was more about curries and fried chicken wings rather than roasts and boiled-to-death brussel sprouts. So generally inexperienced with turkey, I thought I might do a me-version of a roast turkey dinner last Sunday.

Maryland cuts of poultry have got to be my favourite. Most flavourful (=fatty), and no dry or bony bits to eat around either. My current favourite, and substitute for whole roast chicken is turkey maryland, or even just a drumstick, which as I found out on Sunday is more than generous for 2 people (even us greedy ones).

BUT, one cannot have a roast turkey without stuffing- it’s the best bit! And so the topsy-turvy turkey dinner was born. Stuffing is squished into the bottom of a loaf pan with the drumstick resting on the top, lightly seasoned and greased. Bake at 200C till done and there you have it– crispy around the edges but moist through the middle, the stuffing ends up just the way I like it. Plus, it’s a one-pan-wonder, and not a very big pan at that. Served up with sauteed silverbeet with leftovers for 2 lunches the following day, who’d have thought a drumstick could stretch that far!


Topsy-turvy turkey dinner (for 2)


1 turkey drumstick

2 handfuls mushrooms, thinly sliced

1/2 onion, chopped

1/2 cacciatore sausage, chopped (I also had leftover spicy salami, which I added to the mix.)

2 handfuls fresh breadcrumbs

fresh parsley, chopped (and any other fresh herbs you like)

1 egg


Heat olive oil/butter (or a combination of both) in a large pan and saute sausage for 1 minute.

Add onions and mushrooms and cook until most of the liquid in the mushrooms is cooked out.

Transfer mixture to the baking tin and add parsley, breadcrumbs and egg and stir well.

Oil and season turkey drumstick and place on top of the stuffing. Bake at 200C for 45-60 minutes.


Let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes, then gobble gobble gobble it all up!!!


2 Responses to “A: Inside outside drum-side crumb-side!”

  1. Omg. SNAP! 🙂 We have roast turkey drumstick in the oven as I type!!!!! YAY.
    The other thing turkey is fabulous for is its mega wings- perfect for kiam chye soup!

  2. A: I’m up for mega anything!!!

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