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Turkey Thighs, Acorn Squash, and Apples Recipe

Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Starch, Vegetable
Total Time: Half Day
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Turkey Thighs, Acorn Squash, and Apples

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo

There are never enough wonderful ways to cook the myriad of winter squash that are available. Here is an easy winter one-pot meal that fills the kitchen with a delightful aroma. Calvados is a strong apple brandy that is made in Normandy, France. Serve with couscous, rice, or cornbread.

Yield: Serves 2

  • 1 pound acorn squash, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1-inch-thick rings
  • ¾ pound large tart cooking apples, such as Granny Smith, cored and cut into ½-inch-thick rings
  • 2 turkey thighs (about 2 pounds), skin and excess fat removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black or white pepper to taste
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • ¼ cup unfiltered apple juice or sweet cider
  • 1 tablespoon Calvados
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice


1. Spray the inside of the crock with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the squash and apple rings in the bottom. Place the turkey thighs on top and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the shallot.

2. In a small bowl, combine the apple juice, Calvados, brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice; pour over the turkey. Cover and cook on LOW for 5½ to 6½ hours, until the meat is tender. Serve immediately.


Cooker: 3 quart

Setting and Cooking Time: Low for 5½ to 6½ hours

© 2007 Beth Hensperger

Editor's Note

Nutritional information includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving.


Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

363kcal (18%)
357mg (15%)
3g (4%)
1g (3%)
47mg (16%)
63mcg RAE (2%)
34mg (56%)
121mg (12%)
3mg (15%)

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