During Thanksgiving, people clamor for white or dark meat, but often over look the delicious turkey neck because they either don't know how to cook it or don't know how good it truly is. Turkey necks are actually delicious and can be used in a wide array of recipes. Turkey necks have a lot of flavor and can be eaten alone or added to a soup or stew. A great way to prepare turkey necks is to cook them until they are very tender and the bones fall apart.
When cooking a turkey it is common practice to put it in the oven and let it cooks for hours on end. However, turkey necks are prepared slightly differently; they do not contain as much meat, so they don’t need all the time in the oven. In fact, if you put your turkey neck in the oven with the rest of your turkey chances are you will overcook it and it will come out tough and inedible. The simplest way to cook a turkey neck is to boil it.
First, set a pot on the stove over medium to high heat. Put enough water in the pot so that when you add the neck there will be about an inch of water above it. While the water is boiling take the time to rinse off the turkey neck and remove any unwanted fat. Once the water is boiling, add the neck to the pot. Feel free to add some cut up onions and garlic for flavoring. After about 10-15 minutes, the neck should be cooked. Take it out and stick a fork in it; the meat should be brown. Be aware of any pink coloring, as this is a sign that it is not cooked and needs to stay in the pot longer.