For New Year’s Eve, my cousin graciously hosted three families–6 adults and 6 kids. She wanted to prepare dishes that everyone would enjoy but would not require a lot of slaving over a hot stove. She decided to cook a turkey breast in the slow cooker and came across this recipe, from Spicy Southern Kitchen. It was a huge hit–from the adults to the kids, everyone loved it. Easy & flavorful, it’s the perfect centerpiece to any family dinner.
(image and recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen)
1 carrot, chopped into 2 inch pieces
1 small onion, quartered
1 stalk celery, chopped into 2 inch pieces
1 (6 to 7 pound) bone-in turkey breast, defrosted
1 packet dry onion soup mix
½ teaspoon dried sage
2 tablespoons melted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon pepper
2 cups liquid reserved from cooking turkey
Spray a 6-quart crock pot with cooking spray. Place carrot, celery, and onion in bottom of crock pot.
Place turkey on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with onion soup mix and sage. Drizzle with melted butter.
Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. Use an instant read thermometer to see if turkey is done. Temperature should be 165 degrees.
Remove turkey and strain liquid. Reserve 2 cups. If for some reason you do not have 2 cups of liquid, use chicken broth to make up the difference.
Add flour and pepper to a medium skillet. Whisk in the 2 cups of cooking liquid.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Turn heat down to just maintain a simmer and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.