Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato Puree

Ok I definitely understand that, outside of Thanksgiving, turkey has a pretty bad rap. I suppose it’s arguably not that great during the holidays either. Unless its drenched in gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce turkey seems to be more for show than for it’s taste. But trust me, this Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg recipe is nothing like the dried out bird you get every November. I promise, you’ll want to try this recipe.

Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato Puree

If you think about it, the whole concept of a Thanksgiving turkey is really setting you up to struggle. It’s a flavorless bird that gets cooked at the same time as a million other things, while you have maintain a consistent internal temp throughout the entire 15+ pound bird whose parts cook at different speeds. Phew. No wonder people grimace when talking about turkey! So what if we remove the best part of the bird? And what if we marinate in spicy, sweet Jamaican spices? Then we serve it with a tart coleslaw and sweetly sweet potato puree? AND what if I told you that it was full of flavor BUT also really healthy for you?! Have I sold you on this turkey recipe yet??

Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato Puree

What if you picture yourself eating it on a remote beach with an umbrella drink in hand?

Trust me, even sans umbrella drink, this Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg dish will convert you to a turkey lover in a heartbeat.

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Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato
Turn the humble turkey leg into a flavor bomb with spicy-sweet jerk spices! Combine it with a tart coleslaw and creamy sweet potato puree and you have a healthy powerhouse of a meal!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Jerk Turkey Legs
Coleslaw
Sweet Potato Puree
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Jerk Turkey Legs
Coleslaw
Sweet Potato Puree
Instructions
Paleo Jerk Turkey Legs
  1. Combine all ingredients, including turkey legs, in large Ziploc and marinate for 4-8 hours. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drain of marinade and place turkey legs on wire rack over a sheet pan. Roast for 45-60 minutes, or until internal temp reaches 158 degrees.
    Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg
Coleslaw
  1. Whisk together the honey, vinegar, salt, celery seed, garlic powder, and mustard powder. Add cabbage, carrots, green onions and cilantro to dressing and let sit for 30 minutes before serving (this rest time will allow the cabbage to soften a bit).
    Coleslaw
Sweet Potato Puree
  1. Place sweet potatoes and chicken stock in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and cook for 10-15 minutes. When soft, reserve 1 cup of stock before draining the remaining stock. Place potatoes in a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Smash potatoes with a potato masher or fork until smooth. Add any remaining chicken stock, tbsp at a time, if puree is dry. Season with salt.
    Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato Puree
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