Thursday, August 28, 2008

If It Works on Wednesday...

...then it should still be good on Thursday, right?

I was going to post my recipe for "Roast Turkey in a Crock Pot" for yesterday's "Works for Me Wednesday", but since yesterday was the first time I'd actually roasted a turkey in the crock pot, I felt I should wait until it was all finished to make sure that it actually, you know...worked for me. Unfortunately, by the time I got to eat any of it, it was 9:30pm and I was not willing to stay up late and post about it....BUT it did Work for Me!

So, here's what I did...please remember that I'm on a restrictive diet for my kidney disease, so this recipe has almost no salt except what may have been in the turkey itself...

Crock Pot Roast Turkey Breast
You will need: a turkey breast (one that will fit in your crock-pot :)), baby carrots, a red onion, celery, chicken or vegetable broth, poultry seasoning and other spices of your choosing, Kitchen BouquetTM
Spray your crock pot with some non-stick cooking spray.
Cut up 3-4 stalks of celery into 2 inch pieces and add to crock pot.
Add baby carrots (I think I used about a 1/2 lb. but it all depends on the size of your family...and your crock pot :))
Cut 1/2 of a red onion into wedges and add to crock pot.
Sprinkle veggies with Poultry Seasoning, Black Pepper, and spices of your choice (this time I used Chef Prudhomme's "Magic Salt-Free Seasoning"--and it was good!)
Rinse and pat-dry your turkey breast and place on top of the veggies. ( Since this turkey breast still had the cavity for stuffing, I went ahead and put some of the carrots, celery and onions in that cavity as well.)
Pour 1-2 cups chicken or vegetable broth over the turkey and into the crock pot (I use an organic salt-free broth)
Sprinkle the turkey with more of the same spices we used above.
Brush 1 tablespoon of Kitchen BouquetTM over the turkey for added flavor and "browning"
Turn crock pot on high for the first hour, then turn down to low for 6-7 hours. (I didn't get my turkey in the pot until about noon, so at 5 I turned it back up to high, and within the hour, the little plastic thingy that is supposed to pop up when the turkey is done, had popped!)
Also, every couple of hours or so, I basted the turkey with some of the broth in the crock pot.
When the turkey is finished, slice and serve with the carrots and a green salad.
(No one in my family is interested in eating cooked celery or onion wedges, so i puree them in my food processor and use them in other recipes--like chili--for added flavor.
I also like to save the broth and use it to make rice or couscous for another meal...yummy!
Okay, that was it. It turned out delicious, and my house still smells good! I'm thinking about trying to put some stuffing in the crockpot to cook with the turkey as well next time, but I'm not sure how that would turn out. For those of you who can eat salt, I know that the Stove TopTM stuffing is really good, and you could make that to have with your crock-pot turkey if you want!
For more "Works for Me Wednesday" tips, go visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer!

1 comment:

Elizabeth - Scrappygolden said...

And it Works For Me that you posted it today because I'll be grocery shopping tonight and I am so going to try this! Thanks! :)