Roast Turkey Drumsticks with Vegetables

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Makes: 6


  1. 4 turkey drumsticks
  2. 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, divided
  3. 1 tsp (5 mL) salt, divided
  4. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper, divided
  5. 2 red onions, quartered
  6. 1 acorn squash, seeded, cut into 1.5-in. (4-cm) thick wedges
  7. 2 cups (500 mL) peeled and chopped celery root (large chunks)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line baking sheet with foil. Arrange turkey drumsticks on top. Drizzle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper, turning drumsticks to coat. (Note: For more spicing, also add 2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder and 2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin.) Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, toss vegetables with remaining oil, salt and pepper; spread on second baking sheet.
  3. Place turkey in oven and roast 45 min., or until skin starts to turn golden. Reduce temperature to 350°F (180°C). Place baking sheet with vegetables into oven and continue roasting another 20 to 25 min., or until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of drumstick reads 165°F (74°C) and vegetables are fork-tender and golden.
  4. Remove meat from drumsticks to serve alongside roasted vegetables.
For extra moist and well-seasoned turkey, brine the drumsticks before roasting. Dissolve 3/4 cup (175 mL) salt into 5 cups (1.25 L) water. Cool brine completely. Place turkey drumsticks into large plastic zip-top bag(s), pour in brine and seal tightly. Place sealed bag(s) into large bowl. Chill in fridge overnight.