Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Have you ever made a recipe that just didn’t turn out?  I’ve done it a lot of times, but one I remember well.

Jim and I were recently married and I was just learning to cook.  We used to invite friends to come to dinner and I would make a new recipe.  Most of our other meals during the week consisted of ramen noodles or instant potatoes.  We were college students and had no money, so it was a splurge to buy ingredients for a nice meal once a week.

On this occasion, I made a dish that had chicken, Italian sausage, potatoes and tomatoes in it.  The recipe called to bake it in the oven for 1 hour.  Needless to say, that was not nearly a long enough cooking time for so much meat and raw potatoes.  When I served it, we cut into raw chicken.  Yuck!

Thankfully, the guests we had were also college students.  They were easily satisfied with a bowl of cereal until the dinner had more time to cook.

I never tried making that recipe again, but I remember that when it finally cooked it did taste good.  So when Frigidaire recently asked me to share a “do-over” recipe, I knew this would be the one.  Except this time I made it in the slow cooker to give it a good, long cook time.

Frigidaire has a new Gallery dishwasher that features an OrbitClean Wash Arm that gets the dishes clean the first time.  Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to have a do-over on a load of dishes.  Frigidaire invites you to visit Facebook.com/Frigidaire to share your own “do-over” moment.  It doesn’t have to be food related.  One lucky visitor is going to win the ultimate do-over!  And Frigidaire is also donating $1 to Save the Children for every do-over submitted.  So pop over and share your do-over moment.

Back to my do-over recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need to try the slow cooker version, which worked out much better than the oven method I used so many years ago. 

I also decided to use turkey legs instead of chicken and I made several other changes.  Mostly due to the fact that I have no idea where the original recipe came from! I don’t even have a copy of it, so I was going on memory.

Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 6 servings

  • 2 lbs. turkey legs (I used 3 legs)
  • 1.25 lbs. sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 6 small potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, whole
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes with fennel and red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker with the meat on bottom.
  2. Cook 7-8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you share your own do-over moment at Facebook.com/Frigidaire, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. programs. Plus, Frigidaire will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over.

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  1. If I had a do-over recipe it would be fudge that I tried to make one time. I was still living at home with my mom at 17/18 and she loved fudge, but never bought it cause it was so expensive. I looked through her cook books and found a recipe for never fail fudge. Needless to say, it lied. It turned into concrete in the pan and ruined it. I felt so bad, because she had just bought the set of pots and pans and they had set her back a good bit. Needless to say, I have NEVER tried to make fudge again!

  2. Valerie says:

    What is funny is that all these ingredients are on sale at my local grocery store this week. Thanks for the recipe!


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