If you happen to have just turkey wings left over after Thanksgiving, here's a weird way to use them- just bread them in Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal and fry them! This recipe is also good if don't have many people over for Thanksgiving and you don't care to finish off an 18 lb turkey alone.
This recipe s the third iteration I had for this video. Let me tell you about the first two:
Iteration #!: Get a raw, smoked turkey wing and stuff it with green beans and stuffing before baking.
Why I didn't go with that idea: Turns out it's all but impossible to stuff anything inside a raw, smoked turkey wing.
Iteration #2: Get raw, unsmoked turkey wings and stuff it with stuffing and green beans before baking.
Why I didn't go with that idea: it's not weird enough- turkeys are meant to be stuffed, even the wings!
Why I decided to bread the wings in dinosaur egg oatmeal and fry them:
Who the hell coats turkey wings in oatmeal, much less Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal, which, let's face it, is one of two Quaker Oatmeal flavors(the other is Safari Adventure)clearly aimed at children because it's cute and sugary!?
Besides, turkey wings are huge and are sometimes called Brontosaurus wings so naturally, the first thing that comes into my mind is Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal.
I gotta say, I was a bit disappointed by the cooked outside of the wings- the eggs in the raw oatmeal that are supposed to "hatch" into dinosaurs after cooking, just dissolved in the oven. Although to be fair, dinosaur egg oatmeal is only meant to be cooked in the microwave for 90 seconds, not in an oven or air fryer for 2 hours!
As for the spices I coated on the outside of the wings, it didn't really have an effect on the smoked wings. Smoked turkey wings taste like bacon, but that's because part of cooking bacon is smoking and curing it. Like bacon, these types of wings are also a tad salty. Plus it was kind of a pain to find out online how long to cook them. With this i was in uncharted territory, but I recommend cooking it for at least 90 minutes. With 75 minutes, it's still fully cooked on the inside(thus safe to eat) but it's much harder to cut and chew.
As for the initially raw turkey wings? It has the consistency of chicken wings, only they're 10 times bigger. I tasted more chicken than turkey, although my dad said it tasted like every turkey he's had on Thanksgiving for as long as he remembers.
Now for the elephant in the room- technically, you're baking anything if it goes in the oven, not frying it, but despite the availability of an air fryer, I didn't use one because it would overload my electrical circuit in the kitchen, which is kinda old.
But hey, people oven fry things all the time so potato potato, I guess?
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
Several large plates
A medium bowl
A large bowl
2 lasagna pans
Nonstick cooking spray
A meat thermometer
For the wings:
1 smoked turkey wing, thawed
2 raw turkey wings
Pumpkin pie spice
1 cup of buttermilk or 1 cup milk + 1 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar
3/4 cup apple BBQ sauce
4 packets Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal
1/2 cup cranberry juice
Carrot or pumpkin soup
Serve with stuffing
1. Season all 3 wings in both pumpkin pie spice and poultry seasoning.
2. Pour buttermilk and BBQ sauce into a medium bowl. Crack 2 eggs into said bowl. Whisk all the ingredients together.
3. Pour the oatmeal packets into a large bowl.
4. Dredge the raw turkey wings first in the buttermilk mixture and then the oatmeal before placing onto a plate.
5. Place the smoked turkey wing onto a plate and pour the remaining buttermilk mixture on top of it- the wing is simply too large to fit into a medium bowl.
6. Bread the smoked turkey wing in the remaining oatmeal before placing onto a plate.
7. Spray 2 lasagna pans with nonstick cooking spray. Place the smoked wing in one pan and the 2 raw wings in the other.
8. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry sauce into each pan. Cover both pans with aluminum foil.
9. For the smoked turkey wing: fry the wing in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 75-90 minutes, or until internal temperature of the wing reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the raw wings: First fry the wings in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for an hour.
10. Take the initially raw turkey wings out of the oven. Flip them over and pour carrot or pumpkin soup on top of them. Place the cover back on and return the pan to the oven for an additional hour, or until the internal temperature of the wings reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
11. Serve with stuffing or whatever fixings you want!