Here’s an easy, all-in-one meal to keep in mind for the upcoming holiday season. It’s ideal for serving to houseguests after the actual holiday has passed and no one feels like cooking.
Get up late, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, throw this simple meal in the slow cooker, and enjoy the rest of the day with your guests doing fun things that don’t involve spending time in the kitchen. This tasty dish will be waiting when you come back. Bonus: It looks and tastes like you worked hard to prepare it!
Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook, page 186
Makes 6-8 servings
Prep. Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 6-qt.
2 lbs. acorn squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1”-thick rings
6 medium-sized Granny Smith or other tart apples, cored and cut into ½”-thick rings
4 turkey thighs, skin and excess fat removed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 shallot, or small onion, chopped
½ cup apple juice, or cider
1 Tbsp. apple brandy
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground allspice
1. Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray. Layer in squash, followed by apple rings.
2. Place turkey thighs on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and onion or shallot.
3. In a small bowl, combine apple juice, brandy, brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Pour over turkey.
4. Cover. Cook on Low 6-8 hours, or just until turkey and squash are tender.