Turkey day is almost here! Are you ready? Are you in charge of the turkey?
There are always a couple of issues when it comes to cooking a turkey. For those of us not lucky enough to have two ovens in their kitchen, oven space is a big problem. I do have a separate roaster oven that I often use for my turkey but I’ve got another option for you today – your slow cooker!
Obviously you won’t be able to fit a full size turkey in your slow cooker but for those of you with a reduced sized family a turkey breast may be just the right size. That’s the second issues I have with turkey – a whole turkey makes a lot of turkey if you don’t have a lot of people! We all love leftover turkey but I don’t like having to eat it for two weeks afterwards so a turkey breast is perfect. I bought a large turkey breast – almost too big. It barely fit in my slow cooker!
Since my turkey breast was so big I placed the carrots, celery and onions around the sides of the turkey instead of on the bottom. I added 1/4 C water but the turkey made plenty of liquid/gravy so I probably didn’t need it. I know someone is going to ask me how big it was and I saved the tag so I could tell you, but then I lost it! I am thinking it was close to 5 to 6 lbs.
I used one package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to season the turkey. I loosened the skin of the turkey and rubbed half of the dry mix under the skin and then sprinkled the rest on top. I also added in a couple tablespoons of butter. I was worried that the soup mix might make the gravy too salty but it didn’t. I think putting half of it under the skin helped. I didn’t have to season the gravy at all – it was perfect!
The other thing I like about a turkey breast vs a whole turkey is a turkey breast is all white meat! We are white meat lovers at our house.
The thing I loved most about cooking it in the slow cooker is that the turkey was so moist! No dried out turkey!!
So if you are short on oven space, like white meat and have a reduced size family, cooking a turkey breast may just be perfect for your holiday.
For other Thanksgiving goodness:
- 5-6 lb. bone in turkey breast
- 2-3 carrots, cut into 3 inch pieces,
- 2 stalks celery, cut into 3 inch pieces
- 1 onion, quartered
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 C water
- Place cut up vegetables and water in bottom of crock pot.
- Put in turkey.
- Place half of soup mix under the skin of the turkey (loosen with fingers)
- Sprinkle remaining soup mix over the top of the turkey
- Add butter
- Cook on high for one hour and then low for 7 hours.