Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Turkey in the Crockpot!

I am sure many of you, like me, are writing out the menu and the shopping list for your Thanksgiving Dinner. I hope this post is not too late to help out for this year's Thanksgiving.

I have always cooked my turkey breasts in the crockpot. That is the ones I cook NOT at Thanksgiving. For some reason, it did not seem right to cook the Thanksgiving turkey in the crockpot. I mean the Thanksgiving turkey is supposed to look like this, right:

But I am telling you the turkey that I cook in the oven is never as moist as the ones I cook in the crockpot. And so I now I cook my Thanksgiving turkey breast in the crockpot too.

And I love it because cooking my Thanksgiving turkey breast in the crockpot has made Thanksgiving so much easier for me. It also frees up the oven for all the other goodies like broccoli casserole, my sister's sausage stuffing, the rolls which I am going to make into thankful rolls, and the pumpkin and pecan pie which I like to serve warm.

Here are 2 recipes for Crockpot Turkey Breast. Perhaps pin this for next year? Or even for just a regular night meal; it is that easy.

Butter and Herb Turkey


bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 lbs)
2 tbs softened butter
1/2 tsp dried rosemary crushed
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can(14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
3 tbs cornstarch
1 tbs cold water


1. Rub turkey with butter. 

2. Combine the rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, and pepper and sprinkle over the turkey.

3. Place the turkey breast in a 6-qt. crockpot with the breast down. . the meat down. This way the meat will be moister.

4. Pour the broth over top and cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender.

And then if you want to make gravy:

Remove the turkey breast to a serving platter and keep warm. Skim the fat from the cooking juices and discard. Transfer the cooking juices to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth.  Gradually stir the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan.  Bring to boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with turkey.

Note: you can use a whole turkey in the crockpot if you make sure it is small enough to fit in your crockpot. We do not like the dark meat of the turkey so I just use a turkey breast.
The above recipe is the one I use all the time. And now I use at Thanksgiving too. However, my mom did send me the below turkey crockpot recipe that looks pretty good:
Cranberry Turkey with Gravy


1 bone-in turkey breast (5 to 6 lbs)
1 can (14 oz) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 to 4 tsp cornstarch
1 tbs. water


1. Place turkey in a 6 quart crockpot.

2. In a small bowl, combine cranberry sauce, orange juice, onion soup mix, salt and pepper and pour this over turkey.

3. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender

And you can make gravy the same way as above.
And if you serve a ham too at your Thankgiving table, check out this post. You can cook ham in the crockpot too. . .brown sugar, pineapple and ham. . yum!

Have you ever cooked a turkey or ham in the crockpot?

1 comment:

  1. Thank You Su I want to cook a turkey this year and I want to taste yummy and not put in the oven.


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