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Sunday cooking adventures: Slow cooker turkey

One to freeze, one to eat for weekday meals and sandwiches. Yum!

One to freeze, one to eat for weekday meals and sandwiches. Yum!

For months now, I’ve been thinking of buying a slow cooker. Years ago I owned one, and I don’t think I used it more than two or three times. Not many people had them then, and it was hard to find recipes for them. I think I sold it at a yard sale — or somehow got rid of it — and I was not sorry. #Sundaycookingadventures

But now slow cookers seem to be everywhere and the same can be said for the recipes. (In fact, last week I made a beef brisket recipe in the oven that was meant for a slow cooker.) Well, on Saturday I found a 6-quart Hamilton Beach slow cooker for $15 at Target (on Coolidge in Troy, MI). It was inexpensive because it was decorated for the Super Bowl with a football field. I compared the price to other slow cookers and it was by far the cheapest one (an identical one with a stainless steel-like finish cost $24). So I bought the Super Bowl slow cooker and took it home.

Check out the diagram of a play on the side. Awesome! (I'm kidding!)

Check out the diagram of a play on the side. Awesome!
(I’m kidding!)

I wanted a change from chicken and turkey seem liked a nice choice. I bought two boneless turkey breasts. I asked the butcher to leave the skin on them. I seasoned them exactly like I did my Thanksgiving turkey. Then I put 3 carrots, a sliced onion, and two stalks of celery in the bottom of the cooker along with 3/4 cup of chicken stock because I wanted to make gravy when I was done.

After seasoning the breasts, I cooked them on high for an hour, then turned them down to low for 7 hours. The skin wasn’t browned — lack of browning makes me nuts about slow cookers — so I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes and they browned up nicely. And boy did that turkey taste good! It was moist and tender, with no brining.

My $15 slow cooker was a great deal. They still had several left if you want to run over to Target and buy your very own football-themed slow cooker!

Slow cooker turkey

Ingredients

1-2 tablespoons dried basil
1-2 tablespoons dried marjoram
1-2 tablespoons dried oregano
1-2 teaspoons dried thyme
1-2 tablespoons dried sage
1 tablespoon garlic powder (no sodium)
1 teaspoon of black pepper
Two turkey breasts, 6-9 pounds (you could just buy one)
2-3 medium carrots, washed and cut into chunks
2 stalks celery, washed and cut into chunks
1 medium onion, sliced
3/4 cup fat-free low sodium chicken broth

Method

Mix first seven ingredients together. Loosen skin from turkey by inserting your fingers between skin and meat, loosening skin and pulling it almost all the way back on meat but leaving it attached on large end. Rub herb mixture on front, back and side of turkey, in all crevices. Pull skin back over meat to cover seasonings.

Put vegetables and chicken broth in bottom of slow cooker. Place breasts on top. Cover and cook on High for one hour. Reduce heat to Low and cook for 7 hours. Check temperature after six hours in case your cooker runs hot. When finished turkey temperature should be 170 degrees.

When done cooking, turn on broiler (I turned it on low). Remove turkey from cooker and place skin-side up on foil lined baking sheet coated lightly with cooking spray. Broil for about 4-6 minutes until skin is brown and crispy. Slice and serve.

Oh my goodness is that good!

After browning under the broiler, they look like oven-roasted.

After browning under the broiler, they look like oven-roasted.



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