Thanksgiving is only a week away! I love this holiday not just because turkey comas are fashionable and almost a requirement, but also because I consider it an autopilot holiday. There’s always so much good food and you already know what you’re cooking. Even if you’re not hosting the feast in your home, you pretty much know exactly what will be served where ever it is you’re going. Something along the lines of.. turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, candied yams, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, etc., zero mystery. So why not add some?
These Turkey Legs are made with pretzel rods and mini marshmallows dipped in white candy melts, rice krispy treats and coated with bran cereal. I made these drumsticks a few months ago for my husband to bring to his office on April Fool’s day (hence the photo of them in the chicken bucket) after my friend Danielle showed them to me via Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons‘ blog. I think they’re just so rad that I am making them a part of our Thanksgiving dinner this year. Kids and adults alike would have such a great laugh, enjoy a new treat and will sure add to the memories of this year’s feast.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Large pretzel rods
1 bag mini marshmallows
3 Tbsp butter, plus more for hands
8 cups rice krispies cereal
4-6 cups bran cereal (I used Raisin Bran and picked out the raisins)
1 bag white candy melts
Milk chocolate bar or Peanut butter
Lay out some waxed paper on your work surface. Decide how many turkey legs you want to make, you can either use the whole pretzel rod for jumbo turkey legs or break them in half to create more manageable portions of non-meat meat. You’ll want to open the bag of marshmallows, grab two marshmallows for each pretzel rod.
Melt the white candy melts in a narrow, deep container according to the package directions. Using the candy melts, adhere two marshmallows at the end of each pretzel rod like in the photo above. Lay on the waxed paper and let dry.
Then dip the end with the marshmallows into the candy melts about halfway down the rod. Turn the pretzel rod right side up and tap the on the table to help the candy melts even out and drip down along the rod like in the photo above. Lay on the waxed paper and let dry. Don’t worry about covering the whole rod. The other half of it will be covered with rice krispy treats.
Here comes the fun part! Making and playing with rice krispy treats!
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine butter and marshmallows. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Add rice krispies cereal, mix gently with a spoon coated in butter or cooking spray and let cool slightly.
Coat your hands using butter or cooking spray. I usually use gloves– they come in super handy at times like this. Using your hands, form the “meat” on each coated pretzel rod. You’ll have to work kind of quickly, pressing firmly as you’re shaping. Place them on the waxed paper and let set, about 20 minutes.
While you’re waiting, take the remainder of your white candy melts, reheat and add a bit of milk chocolate or peanut butter (small amounts at a time) to it to darken the color as closest as you can to the color of the bran cereal. This is what we will use to adhere the bran flakes. I covered my turkey legs with whole flakes– warning, it takes forever if you do it this way, but looks super good. I recommend you crush up the bran flakes and maybe use the whole flakes to patch up some bald spots. This takes less time and makes it enjoyable -longer, lol.
Spread candy melts onto the rice krispy treat-part of the turkey legs and roll around in the crushed up bran flakes. Fix bald spots by dotting candy melts on the spot and covering it with pieces of bran flakes. Let set on waxed paper.
Your finished turkey legs should look something like this. I highly recommend you make these ahead of time. Keep them in room temperature in an air tight container for two to three days.
I hope you all have fun making these and I cannot wait to hear the reactions of your loved ones! Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!
p.s. I am most thankful for all of you that willingly look at all the goodies I make and post. Thank you from the bottom of the bottom-est part of my heart. Cheers to you!