Sunday, December 2, 2007

festive holiday turkey

my mom tried this recipe a year ago and was so apprehensive to try it. it goes against a traditional turkey approach, but let me tell you, we are so glad she did!
it is deceptive because it is simple and the flavors tend to seem unturkeyish. all of these spices seem to be on heand around this time of year, plus the smell is so welcoming. the sauce is divine, i could drink it and feel happy, so without further adu;


1 boneless turkey breast (3 to 4 pounds) halved
1 can (16 oz)whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c apple juice
1 TB cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 TB all purpose flour
1/4 c cold water
1/4 teaspoon browning sauce, optional

place the turkey, skin side up in a 5 qt. slow cooker. combine the cranberry sauce, sugar, apple juice, vinegar, garlic, mustard, cinnamon, cloves and allspice; pour over turkey. cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees.
remove turkey to a cutting board; keep warm. strain cooking juices. in a saucepan, combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir in strained juices. bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. stirin browning sauce if desired. serve with sliced turkey. 12-16 servings.

the sauce is a rich golden brown, such great color and flavor!


Justin, Kalee, Jackson, and Ava Rose Peacock said...

Heidi, this looks delicious (and easy!) Could you post your famous chocolate dipped strawberry recipe?

Jessica said...

Hi Heidi,

We're hosting our first Thanksgiving and I think this would be so much better than cooking a whole bird. Do you think I could double the recipe in the same crock pot, or would I have to use two crock pots?