In just two weeks Turkey Day will be here and I couldn’t be more excited! I mean, is there any holiday more perfectly suited for a food blogger?! It’s all about being thankful (I’ve got so much to be thankful for!) AND all about the food! At this point, since I’ve been hosting at our house for several years now, we’ve basically got the standard menu down and just add or change things a bit each year. It’s pretty much a group effort and we make the turkey and a few sides and everybody brings several dishes as well. This year I’m trying to decide on a new veggie dish to serve so that I can mix it up a bit…. maybe some brussels sprouts? Anyway, we typically make the biggest turkey I can find (22+ pounds) and therefore I’ve yet to try my hand at a slow cooker turkey, at least until now!
A few years back my friend Amanda invited us to her house for a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner (Amanda are you reading this? This is a tradition we need to reinstate ASAP!). Anyway, this was way before I had my food blog but was still totally obsessed with cooking, recipes, etc. I’m pretty sure my big contribution that year was brussels sprouts, which were really not anybody’s favorite dish, and she made the turkey. In the slow cooker. And I was so very impressed. My mom makes an amazing Thanksgiving turkey but this slow cooker turkey gave mom a run for her money.
What took me so long to finally share this recipe here? I have absolutely no idea but let’s just be glad I finally have! I asked her the other day if she would be okay with me sharing the recipe and she so graciously agreed! So let’s just call this Amanda’s Famous Thanksgiving Turkey and let’s all make sure we host or attend a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving event. I mean, it’s only fair to get our stomachs all warmed up for the big day, no?
By the way? This recipe could NOT be easier. You know how I can get a little carried away from time to time trying to add herbs or cream or something to just about any recipe. But I didn’t change a thing here and it turned out perfectly. Sometimes the simple delicious goodness of a perfect recipe is all you need.
Well, that, and gravy. Obviously.
- 3 pound frozen boneless turkey breast I got mine at Aldi
- 2 cups turkey broth sub chicken broth if you can't find turkey
- 1 sweet onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
Fully thaw turkey according to package directions
Remove package and netting and lay flat in bottom of slow cooker
Add turkey broth
Cut onion into rings and layer over top
Smash garlic cloves or roughly chop and add on top
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours and don't open the lid!
Carefully remove fully cooked turkey to platter and let rest while making gravy
Strain all liquid from slow cooker into a saucepan
Whisk together 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until smooth and then whisk into pan drippings
Bring to a simmer while whisking for about 5 minutes or until thickened
Slice turkey and serve with gravy
To give turkey a crispy skin finish, line broiler pan with foil and place turkey on it skin side up. Broil in oven for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Watch it closely so it doesn't burn.
What goes perfectly with turkey? Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes of course!!
And of course, every holiday dinner needs a cheesy side dish! How about Slow Cooker Cheesy Corn Casserole?!
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