Busy weekday schedules make cooking each night nearly impossible. My kids are running from one place to another, and I'm caught drinking coffee or wine and running after them. Meaning, I need to plan meals with very little prep but which deliver on flavor and fill up my always-hungry crew.
Lucky for me I have a husband who loves to grill and a crockpot that I can put to good use whenever it's necessary. My all-time favorite crockpot recipe is also the easiest recipe in my arsenal. I thought you busy ladies might enjoy this easy weeknight meal.
I should also mention this is a great recipe for Thanksgiving. By cooking your turkey in the crockpot, you'll also free up room in the oven for all those delicious sides - like these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes - a simple, single-serving side dish to the meal which is sure to rock your world.
Frozen Turkey - You can use the whole turkey or a boneless turkey breast
1 Onion, quartered
1 Stick of salted butter, quartered
2 Tbs Oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
Make sure that you remove all unnecessary parts from the turkey, this includes giblets and/or gravy packets. Generously salt and pepper the outside of turkey and then evenly sprinkle the oregano all around. Place all the ingredients in the crockpot and let it sit on low for up to eight hours.
The turkey thaws as it cooks and it creates a thin but delicious broth. You can use it to dress your turkey, or you can thicken it to make a more traditional gravy. Add 2 Tablespoons of flour or cornstarch to 1/2 cup of hot water until it is completely dissolved. Remove the turkey and large onion pieces from the crockpot, turn the heat up to high, and then add the flour/cornstarch mixture. Be sure to stir consistently for about 15 minutes, or until the gravy thickens.
No matter the season, a Thanksgiving-like turkey is always a delicious menu option. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Wait, don't throw away those leftovers! Here's a great Turkey Salad recipe for Day 2, and it's also perfect for a packed lunch.