Since Thanksgiving is almost here, all thoughts around the office and Store are on turkey. We recently had a cooking class in which we learned how to brine a fresh turkey and bake it in the oven to perfection.
If you have time and space for this method, it is a wonderful way to serve turkey on Thanksgiving. But if you don’t have time to brine a turkey, or oven space doesn’t allow you to fit in both a turkey and all of the sides, why not try doing your main dish in a slow cooker this year?
Today’s recipe will give you turkey and stuffing for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, without the traditional Thanksgiving space headaches. And it will save you some time. Just set it to Low and let it go!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and remember to put your slow cooker to work for you!
Slow Cooker Turkey and Dressing
Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook, page 185
Makes 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-6 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6-qt.
8 oz. pkg., or 2 6-oz. pkgs., stuffing mix
½ cup hot water
¼ stick (2Tbsp.) butter, softened
1 onion, chopped
½ cup chopped celery
¼ cup dried cranberries
3-lb. boneless turkey breast
¼ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1. Spread dry stuffing mix in greased slow cooker.
2. Add water, butter, onion, celery, and cranberries. Mix well.
3. Sprinkle turkey breast with basil, salt, and pepper. Place over stuffing mixture.
4. Cover. Cook on Low 5-6 hours, or until turkey is done but not dry. Check the interior of the turkey with a meat thermometer. It should reach at least 165 degrees F.
5. Remove turkey. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.
6. Slice and keep warm until ready to serve.
7. Gently stir stuffing. Allow to stand 5 minutes before serving.
8. Place stuffing on platter, topped with sliced turkey.