Crock Pot Turkey and Gravy

Here we go again with the turkey breast in the wrong month. But this time I got it all backward! I went into Whole Foods and saw they had turkey breasts so I bought one, except I didn’t have a recipe this time! I came home, googled crock pot turkey breast and came up with this delightful recipe. And it’s a low fat recipe if you follow the recipe correctly and aren’t rushed for time like I was… again… ode to life with a toddler! I went ahead and just made a fatty gravy because I literally didn’t have 15 minutes to make the gravy sauce. I didn’t have fresh sage either, which is a darn shame because sage is one of my all time favorite fresh herbs. Have you tried anything with brown butter and sage? It makes the world go ’round! But that’s for another time.

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I’d most definitely try this with mashed “potatoes” made with cauliflower. We’ve had those and they really are quite delicious! But because of our time crunch and the fact that I didn’t think ahead about a side, I mean come on, this was an impromptu buy, we just had regular mashed potatoes. I suppose that’s better than instant mashed potatoes, right? Oh and as crazy as this is, my Trader Joes had left over cornbread stuffing out on the shelf so I had gone ahead and bought some a few weeks prior, so I made that too. My husband was in heaven! I’d make this again and give it 4 stars. It most definitely was not a Thanksgiving turkey roasted in the oven, but a tasty mid-year Thanksgiving treat!

Crock Pot Turkey and Gravy

Adapted from skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped medium
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped medium
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-5 lb whole bone-in turkey breast, skin on, trimmed of fat
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until onion is soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of broth and scrape up any browned bits and smooth out any lumps; transfer to slow cooker.

Stir in remaining broth, water, wine, sage, and bay leaves into the slow cooker. Season turkey with salt and pepper, place skin side up in the slow cooker, cover and cook 5 to 7 hours on low, or until the turkey reaches 165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer.

Transfer turkey to a cutting board tent loosely with with foil and let it rest 20 minutes. Let braising liquid settle for 5 minutes, then remove the fat from the surface using a large spoon or a gravy fat separator. Strain braising liquid into saucepan, discard celery, bay leaves and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Discard the skin and carve the turkey and serve with gravy. Makes 2 1/2 cups of gravy.

 

Herbed Crock Pot Turkey Breast & Magic Mountain

Let’s just start off by saying April is not turkey time. If you want to do this recipe at any time during the year other than the winter holiday season, do yourself a favor and take the advice from the butcher at Whole Foods “if you know ahead of time you are going to make this, call us 24 hours in advance and we can defrost a turkey and cut it up for you”. Lesson learned my friends, lesson learned! I swear I had seen turkey breasts the week before and wrongly assumed (you know what they say about ass-u-m(e)ing!) they always had them. The butcher said he could have it defrosted and cut up by 3:30 that afternoon so I went back. The other butcher looked at me funny, went to check on the turkey and said “it’s solid as a rock”. That’s when he gave me that little tidbit of wisdom! Needless to say, with crock pot dinner Wednesday happening pronto, I had to substitute something so I went for the turkey leg instead of the wing. I am just not a wing fan. I don’t get wings…
Anyway, here’s my bit on turkey legs: They’re gross. I used to LOVE them when I went to amusement parks or fairs or the like, but the last time I got one at Magic Mountain a few years back (by the way, that was a sad day. That was the day I learned I had officially become old. Wahhhhh!!) That day included the best laugh I think I have ever had in my whole entire life! We rode Goliath and on the way down the biggest drop, the G forces took over and made my right eye close which made me giggle, which is hard to do when you are hurling through space by the way, which made me laugh even harder. When we got off we looked at our picture and I swear I looked like a cartoon with my tongue hanging out of my mouth like a dog! My husband and I were in absolute hysterics!!! The kind where you can barely stand, much less breathe, and the tears stream down your face (if you were able to stand up), but you weren’t because you thought you were going to die from not being able to breathe, and you had to maintain some sort of composure because you are in public… Ahhh hahahahaha! Of course we bought the picture and if I can ever find it again, I’ll gladly post it! (Ohhhhh, good times! Good times!) Now where was I? Turkey legs, oh yes! That turkey leg was so full of cartiledge I had to peel it back to get to the meat. Gross. I figured it was the hormone laden variety that made it so, but friends, I was wrong. The organic turkey legs from Whole Foods had cartiledge too… yuck. Of course, these turkey legs weren’t made from turkeys on steriods, so they were smaller.

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Back to the recipe! I just used plain organic whipped cream cheese because that was all that was available. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. Unfortunately since I’m learning the ins and outs of crockpot land, I had no idea how long to cook the legs and ended up cooking them way too long. I set the timer for 3 1/2 hours and they were already way past done at three hours.
I must say I am willing to try this recipe again. It wasn’t a 5 star recipe, but I think that was because of the lack of the breast. My family enjoyed it along with mashed potatoes and a box of Trader Joes stuffing. I’d try it again!

Herbed Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 pound) bone-in turkey breast half
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese spread
  • with garden vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Place turkey breast into a slow cooker. Combine butter, whipped cream cheese spread, soy sauce, parsley, basil, sage, thyme, black pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl until smooth. Brush herb mixture over the turkey breast. Cover slow cooker.
Cook until turkey is tender, 4 to 6 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low.

 

Crock Pot Lasagna- It’s Another Keeper!

My husband loved this recipe. Loved, loved, loved it! I took our daughter and went out of town this weekend and he told me he ate it for two lunches and a dinner while we were gone. Now that is a high rating from him if he ate it for four meals!

I didn’t halve this recipe because I wasn’t sure what would happen to it, other than be super flat, and ended up freezing the other half for another dinner when I don’t feel like cooking. (Our freezer is filling up fast!) Another note about this recipe is that I waited too long to get it started and I turned it on high for about an hour to an hour and a half and then turned it to low for two hours. One section of the exterior got a bit dark or, um, burned, but the rest of it was fine, so I guess you can just watch it if you are in a rush or just chance it and cut it off if need be.
Again, my thought that lasagna is hard to make was squelched! I mean, how hard is mixing and layering ingredients?! Maybe I think it’s hard because if you order it in a restaurant you have to wait for it, making my brain think it’s hard work, rather than it’s just a made-to-order menu item? No idea. But it’s not hard, at all.

I’ll make this again because it was so good and easy. And my husband will be happy! And wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. He finished his dinner and said “That was so good! Too bad we’ll never see it again!”. Ha! WRONG!

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Adapted from cuteasafox.com

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey breast
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 15 oz cans tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1 container (15 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
15 uncooked lasagna noodles

Directions

1. Cook sausage and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink. Drain.

2. Stir in tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt.

3. Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese with the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Refrigerate remaining mozzarella cheese while lasagna cooks.)

4. Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker. top with 5 noodles, broken into pieces to fit. (Note: I just put one layer of noodles, in my slow cooker it is usually less than 5 lasagna noodles)

5. Spread with half of the cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with 5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture.

6. Top with remaining 5 noodles and remaining sausage mixture.

7. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender. Note: Do not try to cook on high, the outside edges of the lasagna will burn. Trust me on that one.

8. Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces and serve.

 

Crock Pot Chicken Stew

This is a big, fat, unfortunate “no way” for me. (Even though the picture looks delicious!) However, I LOVE big flavor so if you don’t love big flavor, then give this one a try! I am always on the hunt for crock pot meals and since I don’t eat beef or pork and am not super crazy about beans, it’s pretty dang hard to find a crock pot meal that I can make!

Crock Pot Chicken Stew

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I found this blog that referred to this blog as the “Top 10 Slow Cooker Meals of 2012”, so I checked it, and low and behold it was mostly chicken meals! Woo Hoo! Except, after saving them all to my meal planner and I then reading the blog, I discovered that the woman was from England… which, stereotypically, means meals that are most likely not full of flavor. Or so I am thinking. We shall see. However, the first of all the crockpot meals I planned, this was a big sad dinner. It was totally flavorless which could be because I don’t eat pork and therefore used turkey bacon, and unfortunately it cooked too long, which was my fault because I did one hour on high because I was yet again in a hurry (I need a time management manager!) and then 1 hour on low and I only made three chicken breasts. Anyway, I should have known there wasn’t much flavor just by the simple ingredients. If you are one to tweak recipes to your liking by adding things, please do. I will not make this one again because there are too many recipes and so little time!

Crock Pot Chicken Stew

adapted from mummydeals.org

 Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices bacon cooked
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms/ 8oz container
  • 1 small bottle of white wine I used zinfandel. (I mean the teeny tiny bottles that are 6.3oz)


Directions

Add the bacon to the bottom of the crock pot.

Place the mushrooms on top and add the chicken breasts on the top.

Pour the wine over and then fill the bottle with cold water and pour that over the whole thing.

Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3.

Open the slow cooker and sprinkle in some corn starch to thicken. Stir fast to thicken the sauce.

Cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve with bread.