Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Well, I started this blog the weekend after Thanksgiving.... and apparently it's taken me awhile to finish. But better late than never!

 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We started the holiday morning out with a 5k 'turkey trot', then enjoyed football, family, friends, and AWESOME FOOD. It was such a great day, I forgot to take pictures and blog the Thanksgiving dishes I had planned on blogging... oh well, there's always next year I guess!

My parents came by on Saturday to help us put up our 9 foot (it's fake, don't judge) Christmas tree and drop off some delicious Thanksgiving leftovers. When I saw the small amount of leftover turkey they gifted us, I panicked! How was I supposed to make turkey sandwiches all week with only a few slices of turkey?! And I NEED my leftover turkey sandwiches... having turkey leftovers is one of the best parts about the Thanksgiving feast!


I decided I would go to the grocery store and pick up my own turkey to cook in the slow cooker. I had no idea if you could even cook a turkey in the slow cooker, but I was going to make it happen. I found a 6 pound turkey breast that looked like it would fit in a slow cooker perfectly... those whole turkeys are just too big! Plus, I didn't need all the dark meat that comes with a whole turkey, I really just wanted some lean white breast meat for sandwiches.

I came home from the store, found a recipe, prepped the bird, threw it in the slow cooker, and went about my errands! No oven, no basting, no need to hang around the kitchen all day. So EASY. I had no idea turkey could be cooked this way... SO EXCITING! Now I can have turkey sandwiches whenever I want!

The turkey turns out flavorful, moist and tender; the meat pulls right off the breast bone. This turkey recipe is great for an easy dinner or to pre-cook for 'leftover turkey' sandwiches!

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
makes about 12 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock

Directions:
Brush turkey with olive oil. Combine the garlic powder, seasoned salt, paprika, Italian seasoning and pepper; rub over turkey. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker; add stock.


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


Needless to say, I have been enjoying my leftovers all week...


My favorite sandwich combination:  Leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, brie, with a little mayo and mixed greens on whole wheat bread. Served warm! OOOOOOH YUM.


Hope you got to enjoy some delicious Thanksgiving leftovers as well! Don't worry... if your turkey craving wasn't satisfied, all you have to do is go grab a turkey breast and throw it in the slow cooker. :)

- Janel


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