Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Have I mentioned I love to be a lazy cook. Honestly don’t we all? Oh sure we all love the big traditional Thanksgiving style meal. I do. It’s one of my favorites. Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cheesecake & whatever else your family includes in their traditional meal. As a person who didn’t grow up celebrating holidays we never had a specific day in which we ate all this deliciousness. It was when there was a sale at the grocery store and my mom would stock up. Turkey in April, sure why not? Turkey in October, why not? So I thought turkey in August, hey why not?
I love turkey. I love that you can cook once and it can feed you for days. Henceforth my plan. I’ll cook a turkey breast today and then we can have turkey sandwiches for lunch tomorrow, turkey soup for dinner or turkey sandwiches again (see lazy). Whatever sounds good at that time. The possibilities are endless!
Currently turkey breasts are not on sale so I would typically not purchase one at this time. Lucky for me I do buy them when on sale, under $1.50lb, and freeze them to defrost whenever I get a hankering for some delicious turkey. There is only two of us so I don’t buy a complete turkey to feed us. If I do buy a whole turkey then I’ll have to feed a crowd and that would defy my lazy recipe as follows.
- Turkey Breast – Now this can be tricky. I have found if I get one around 6lbs or less it will fit into my slow cooker. IMO it’s best to buy the size that fits into your slow cooker to make this be a lazy fancy meal.
- 1 can of Chicken Broth
- 1/2c Butter – sliced
- Poultry Herb Blend – Rosemary, sage & thyme
I spray my slow cooker because it’s a beast to clean after cooking. Pour in 2/3rds can of chicken broth. You can use water if you like. I’ve just found that the broth gives the breast a little more juiciness. And who doesn’t want a juicy breast – hehe! Ok, put in the turkey breast. I place it so it stands upright others like it breast down. All up to you and what you want to do.
I purchased the Poultry Herb Blend from Fred Meyer. I love these little herb packages. It saves me from buying a bunch of extra that could get wasted. I use about half diced up and placed on top of the breast. Add salt/pepper to your taste and put the butter sliced on top. Close the lid & cook on Low for 8 hours.
Sometimes after the breast is done in the crockpot I get my oven ready at 400 degrees and cook the breast for 20-30 minutes or until brown. You don’t have to do this. Half the time I don’t. Like a slow cooker is supposed to be used, I mostly just leave it and the flavor is still delicious. If I’m going for “presentation” I throw it in the oven. All about time and how many dishes you want to clean – preference None!
Always let your meat sit for a bit after cooking it. With the turkey breast I tend to wait 15 minutes. Slice it and you are ready to enjoy dinner. So many options in regards to sides. Tonight its scalloped potatoes and corn on the cob. Sometimes its Stove Top and a green salad. Also you can put yourself into a food coma and be ok with the situation since that’s allowed after eating turkey.
Happy Gobble Gobble!!!