Tuesday, December 6

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” ― Oscar Wilde

First Thanksgiving!

Somehow I managed to not take a single picture during our trip to Utah. Probably because I had a cold for most/all of the trip. Boo.

Luckily, I did take one terrible pic during our Friendsgiving the Sunday before!


We had some delicious turkey (that I made in the crock pot!), and all the regular Thanksgiving fixin's. Thank goodness since I couldn't taste any of the food on Thanksgiving Day!

In case you too would like to made some delicious juicy turkey breast in the crock pot, here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 kg / 4 lb turkey breast, skin on, bone in or boneless (if using frozen, thaw it) (Note 1)
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 onion (brown, yellow or white), unpeeled, cut in half
  • 5 sprigs of thyme (or 2 tsp dried thyme leaves)
Rub
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 grinds of black pepper
  • 1½ - 2 tbsp olive oil
Gravy
  • Chicken stock/broth (or water), for topping up liquid (see Gravy step 1)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place Rub ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine, it should be a wet paste.
  2. Pat the turkey dry all over with paper towels. Slather with the Rub, using most for the side and top.
  3. Place the garlic, onion and thyme face down in the slow cooker. Place the turkey breast on top so it is elevated.
  4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  5. Remove turkey from the slow cooker and let it rest for 20 minutes before crisping the skin.
Crisp the Skin
  1. Preheat gril/broiler to high.
  2. Place an oven shelf 30cm / 1 foot from the heat source.
  3. Remove turkey breast from the slow cooker into a heatproof serving dish.
  4. Place on the oven shelf and broil for 3 to 5 minutes until the skin is crispy. Keep an eye on it - it browns very quickly!
  5. Serve immediately with gravy on the side.
Gravy
  1. Strain the liquid into a measuring jug, squishing the garlic etc to extract all the flavour. If you are short of 2 cups, top up with chicken broth (I usually get 2 cups of liquid from a 4 lb / 2 kg turkey breast).
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and mix to combine. Pour about ½ cup of liquid into the flour mixture and mix until it forms a paste. Slowly add remaining liquid, stirring as your go. Use a whisk if required to make the gravy smooth. Simmer until thickened - take it off before it is as thick as you want because it will continue to thicken.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with turkey.

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