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How to Cook Turkey Giblets

How to Cook Turkey Giblets

If you do not like to waste any part of the turkey, then you must be wondering what to do with the giblets? There are many ways of using turkey giblets in a dish.
Rimlee Bhuyan
Turkey giblets constitute of the liver, neck, heart, and gizzard. Many people use the turkey giblets in cooking. There are many ways of preparing turkey giblets. Just add them when you are cooking stock, gravies and stuffing. To give it a wonderful flavor, sauté them with onions, carrots, fragrant herbs and spices.

Turkey Stuffing

Here is a very delicious and easy turkey giblet stuffing recipe. The use of chorizo sausage in the recipe gives it a spicy flavor.

  • Turkey giblets, 500 g.
  • Chorizo, 250 g. (casings removed)
  • Large onions, 2 (diced)
  • Garlic oil, 2 tbsp.
  • Breadcrumbs, 2 cups
  • Eggs, 2
  • Chicken stock, 2 cups
  • Celery, 1 cup (chopped)
  • Rosemary, 2 tbsp. (chopped)
  • Pepper, 1 tbsp. (freshly ground)
  • Sea salt, 1 tbsp.

In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the garlic oil. Finely slice the chorizo sausage and fry it in the oil. Now add the turkey giblets and cook them until they are browned. Once the sausages and giblets are cooked through remove them into a bowl with the help of a slotted spoon. In another pan, fry the chopped onions and celery in 2 tablespoons of garlic infused oil. When the onions have turned translucent add ¼ cup of water into the pan. Reduce the heat and cook until the celery has been softened. Add the browned chorizo and giblets into this onions and celery mixture. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add bread crumbs and thyme. Pour this egg mixture into the vegetable and sausage broth and simmer until you get a thick consistency. Your turkey stuffing is ready.

Turkey Giblet Gravy

This traditional gravy is a great accompaniment with mashed potatoes and turkey stuffing. Do not use turkey liver in this recipe as it gives a very strong acrid flavor to the gravy.

  • Turkey giblets, 250 g.
  • Carrots, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Onions, ½ cup (diced)
  • Vegetable oil, 2 tbsp.
  • Celery, ¼ cup (chopped)
  • Chicken stock, 5 cups
  • Salt, 2 tbsp.
  • Cornstarch, 1 tsp.
  • Allspice, 1 tbsp.
  • A handful of chopped parsley

In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the chopped onions, carrots, and celery and lightly fry them until they are browned. Now add the turkey giblets and stir-fry them for 5 to 6 minutes. Add salt, pepper, allspice, and the chicken stock. Simmer at a low heat, stirring continuously. Remove the turkey giblets from the stock and set aside to cool. Dice all the turkey giblets into small bite sized pieces. Reduce the stock and set aside one ladle of it into a bowl. Now add cornstarch into the bowl and mix well so that no lumps are formed. Add this cornstarch into the gravy along with the meat and cook until the gravy has thickened. Check seasonings and add more salt and pepper if required.

So now that you how to cook turkey giblets, you can cook them in various ways and surprise your loved ones with a delicious home cooked gravy or stuffing.