Cranberry slow-cooked turkey | Living the Country Life

Cranberry slow-cooked turkey

October 8, 2010

Prepare your taste buds for the most delicious turkey you will ever eat! And when you see how easy it is, you’ll make it all the time instead of saving it for the holidays. The best part of this recipe is that your slow cooker does all the work. Last winter, I was without an oven for a while, so I used my slow cooker every single day. I became a pro at making complete meals — including dessert — in the slow cooker. While I use my oven more now than I probably ever have, I still love bring out the slow cooker every once in a while.

I first made this recipe using a pork loin roast, and it is so delicious. Since then, my husband has become a pork-smoking maniac, so now we eat almost all of our pork smoked. It’s so good that it seems like preparing it any other way is just a sin!

Here’s how I make my cranberry turkey:

Spray the inside of a slow cooker crock with non-stick spray. Place a turkey breast roast in the bottom, making sure all netting is removed. (The instructions on the bag will tell you to leave the net on while you roast the turkey breast, but you should remove it.)

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cans of cranberry sauce with whole cranberries, 1 Tablespoon of orange juice, 1 teaspoon dried sage, 1/4 cup chopped onion, and 2 stalks of chopped celery.

Pour the cranberry mixture over the meat, put on the lid, turn it on high for an hour and a half, then turn down to low for 4-5 hours or until the turkey is done. That’s it!

Once the turkey is cooked through, remove it to a platter. If you want, you can pour all of the sauce out of the crock into a pan and reduce it to make a thicker sauce, the consistency of gravy. I just used a slotted spoon to get all of the yummy cranberries, celery and onions out of the crock and onto the turkey. Spoon a little of the juice over the meat as well.

The flavor that this sauce infuses into the turkey is just amazing. You could spend hours dressing, stuffing, roasting, and carving a turkey, but why would you when this is so good? And it’s just as good cold on a sandwich the next day. Give this recipe a try, throw together a quick green bean casserole and bake some canned sweet potatoes topped with  mini marshmallows, and you can easily turn an ordinary Wednesday night into a really special sit-down meal the whole family will love. Enjoy!

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