The hardest part of living in South Carolina is not having my family near. I miss the laughing, loud-talking, reminiscing of Thanksgivings gone by and all the other things that my family brings to the Holiday table. So Thanksgiving is sort of quiet at our place. It feels wasteful to cook a giant meal for just my husband, myself and our 5-year old daughter so we look for ways to have a small-scale Holiday without a ton of leftovers. Since I work on Thanksgiving Day, this easy recipe lets us still enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner without all the fuss. A Crock Pot Turkey Breast is easy to make and is great for feeding a small group of guests. A 6-lb Turkey Breast can easily feed up to 14 (4-ounce) servings.
As you might imagine, the turkey skin doesn’t crisp up the way an oven roasted turkey but as a part of a low-fat diet, we don’t generally eat the skin anyway. However, if you wanted to crisp up the skin, you could pop the turkey in the oven for a few minutes under the broiler to brown it up like we’ve done here. While the turkey is crisping up, you can finish the gravy on the stove top. Then remove the turkey from the oven and tent with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 10 – 15 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute. During this resting phase, finish up the side dishes.
Crock Pot Turkey Breast is tender and juicy and makes for a great small Thanksgiving (or anytime) meal. We used a 6-Quart Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker which switches over to warm after the programmed time is finished. So if my work day runs long, our food is not cold when we return home. It comfortable fit a 6-pound Turkey Breast with the lid closed. That being said, my favorite part of the Turkey is leftover Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches –open-faced with a side of stuffing and cranberry sauce. A total carb-fest, I know, but it reminds me of my Mom and the multitude of meals she’d create with our leftovers from Thanksgiving. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving leftover tradition? Tell me about it in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!
Crock Pot Turkey Breast
- 1 (5-6 lb) Turkey Breast, fresh or defrosted
- cooking spray
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 carrot, rough chopped
- 1 stalk of celery, rough chopped
- 1/2 onion, rough chopped
- House Blend Seasoning Salt
- 2 cups pan drippings, reserved from cooking
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground poultry seasoning
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
- turkey broth, if needed for pan gravy
- Clean and rinse the turkey under cold water and pat dry. Coat the turkey with oil or fat free cooking spray. Season with House Blend Seasoning Salt all over turkey. If desired, add also some ground poultry seasoning.
- Add vegetables and 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the Crock Pot, then transfer the Turkey into a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or until tender and the internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear.
- Remove turkey from Crock Pot and strain the liquid, discarding the vegetables. Reserve at least 2 cups of drippings for the pan gravy. If there is not enough drippings to fill 2 cups of liquid, use chicken or Turkey broth to make up the difference.
- Add butter into a small saucepan and melt. Next add the flour and coat it in the butter. This forms a roux which makes a smooth gravy.
- Whisk in the 2 cups of pan drippings and season with House Seasoning Blend and ground poultry seasoning.
- Bring gravy to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly - removing any lumps. Once you reach a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency, about 2 minutes. If the gravy becomes too thick you may opt to thin it out with some turkey stock or water.
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