When we think of cooking a holiday meal, it can seem like a LOT to take on. Maybe even a little overwhelming, especially if this is your first year on your own for the holidays. And cooking a whole turkey seems so complicated.
Well, I’m going to tell you my secret to a stress-free Thanksgiving turkey. I cook a turkey roast in the slow cooker with ridiculously simple and delicious recipes. Then, I ignore it until dinner time. That gives me lots of time to focus on making my favorite part of the meal – dessert!
Here are two of my favorite slow cooker turkey recipes that come out delicious and moist every time.
- One 3 lb. Butterball turkey roast with light and dark meat
- Two packets of onion soup mix
- One bottle of Riesling wine
- Place the roast in your slow cooker.
- Pour the two packets of onion soup mix over the turkey.
- Pour in the bottle of Riesling until the roast is just covered. If the bottle of wine is not enough to cover your roast, add water until all the turkey is submerged.
- Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours or until done, with an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
(Adapted from the Better Homes and Garden’s Ultimate Slow Cooker Book , which is a great cookbook that I highly recommend!)
- One 3 lb. butterball turkey roast with light and dark meat
- 16 oz can of jellied cranberry sauce
- 1 Tbsp vinegar
- ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Put all ingredients but turkey in a small mixing bowl and stir.
- Place turkey roast in the slow cooker.
- Pour cranberry mixture over the turkey.
- Cover the roast with foil to keep the moisture in the turkey.
- Cover and cook on low for 3 -5 hours or until done, with an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
That’s it! Each recipe has only four ingredients, and it couldn’t get much easier to have a moist, delicious turkey for your family to enjoy.
With the main dish in the slow cooker, you can put your oven and your energy to work on making your favorite desserts and sides. You can check out what I’ll be baking this holiday with this post on my favorite holiday pies, and check the blog every day this week to see what’s cooking in our other writers’ kitchens with our Thanksgiving dinner series.
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