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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:03

Thanksgiving Turkey in a Crock Pot

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Ever since last year, when I learned that I could roast a chicken in my crock pot, I wondered if I could do the same thing with a turkey. After trading out my decades-old 4 quart machine for a new 6 quart, I gave it a try. And guess what? IT WORKED!

  • Ingredients: 1 turkey (12 pound max, thawed)
    1 onion
    salt
    pepper
    (additional spices or a dry rub can be used if you desire)
  • Instructions: Unwrap your turkey. Remove neck, heart, giblets, and any extras (like a gravy bag.) Rinse and pat dry.
    Dust inside of cavity with salt and pepper. Place peeled onion inside body cavity.
    Carefully transfer turkey to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker. Gently rearrange turkey's limbs so that they do not stick up too high.
    Rub skin all over with salt and pepper.
    Place lid on slow cooker. You will need a full seal. If lid is propped up, attach lid clamps if you have them. If no clamps, weigh down the lid or tie it to the slow cooker. After an hour or two, the bird will cook down and soften enough that any extra accessories you used to hold the lid shut should no longer be necessary.
    Roast on low for 7 hours.
    Remove lid and siphon off juices, leaving about a half-inch of liquid at the bottom, so it won't dry out.
    Replace lid and roast for 1 more hour.
    Save juice for a soup base, or turn it into gravy during the final hour of cooking.
    Carefully remove the turkey to a serving platter. It will be quite fragile and ready to fall apart, so be careful.
    If you desire (and if your turkey survived the lift intact), you can broil it for about 5 minutes to make the skin golden and crisp. However, I decided not to.
    Allow turkey to rest for a few minutes, then carve and enjoy!
  • Cuisine: American (general)
  • Cooking method: Slow cook/crockpot
  • Special ingredients: no dried fruits, no fresh / raw fruits that don't get cooked by the end of the recipe, no fermented / pickled foods, no seeds, no beans / legumes / pulses, no dried / ground spices, no alcohol, no grains
  • Just right for...: Great for kids, Crowds/parties, One-pot meal, Thanksgiving
  • Top 8 allergens?: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 15-30 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): 8-9 hours
  • Specialty Diets: Paleo
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