Use the crockpot this Thanksgiving with this recipe for slow cooker turkey breast made with sage, lemon and white wine for a perfectly moist turkey breast and homemade gravy.
Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday, and we all know that oven space is at an absolute premium. So if you’re having a smaller gathering this year and not cooking a whole turkey, this recipe is the best possible solution to you; make your Thanksgiving turkey in the slow cooker.
You’ll still get that delicious turkey flavour and gravy, but without it taking up your entire oven for hours and hours.
Making turkey in the slow cooker is the best option for serving a smaller crowd of 2-4 people. Because the crockpot can’t fit an entire turkey, I like to use a bone-in turkey breast.
Why should I use a bone-in turkey breast in the slow cooker?
It depends on the size of your slow cooker, but you should be looking for something around a 4-6lb turkey breast for a 6-quart slow cooker and a small holiday gathering.
How to make turkey more flavourful
I like to use fresh herbs to add flavour to my turkey. Loosen the skin and stuff fresh herbs (sage, rosemary or thyme) underneath for maximum flavour. The breast will be infused with the slightly woodsy taste from the herbs, but it won’t overwhelm the flavour of the turkey.
For this recipe I’ve stuffed about eight leaves or so between the skin and meat.
I’ve also seasoned the turkey liberally with lots of salt and pepper and added chicken broth and white wine to the slow cooker.
For beautiful slow cooker turkey and gravy, sear the turkey breast before cooking
It’s important to sear the turkey breast on the stove top to get that beautiful, crisp golden skin and delicious gravy. This is something that you can do ahead of time as the turkey will cook for six hours.
Plus this step will not only make the turkey more flavourful, but it will also look much better on your Thanksgiving table–which is pretty important if you ask me.
Enjoy this slow cooker turkey breast, let me know if you give it a try.