I used to think that February was the winter month of bitter cold, living here in Maryland, but this winter has proven that January can be just as cold. For the last 10 days or so we’ve had temperatures in the single digits but then it decided to warm up for this week.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of winter, I think of comfort foods. Hot, hearty foods that not only fill you up but warm you up as winter is doing her worst. I’m joining up with the other bloggers of #FestiveFoodies today and sharing a comfort food recipe with you.
Until this past Thanksgiving, I had never thought to make a turkey breast in the crock pot. We don’t eat a lot of turkey (unless its ground, or Thanksgiving) so I guess that’s why it never occurred to me. But now that I’ve done it twice, I can tell you, I’m hooked. It’s so much easier than cooking it in the oven and your house smells absolutely amazing while it’s cooking in the crock pot.
Crock Pot Turkey Breast and Gravy
For the Turkey:
- 2-3 lb turkey breast
- 1 onion quartered
- 2 large carrots roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks roughly chopped
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 2 tbsp butter cut into cubes
For the Dry Rub:
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp ground sage
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
For the Gravy:
- 2 cups cooking liquid
- 4 tbsp all purpose flour
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the onion, carrots and celery in the bottom of a 6 quart crock pot. Pour the chicken broth on top.
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dry rub.
- Remove the skin from the turkey breast as it will not get crispy in the crock pot.
- Rub the dry rub mixture all over the turkey breast and place breast side down in the crock pot, making sure that it sits up on the vegetables. Add the cubes of butter on top of the turkey breast.
- Cook on high for 1 hour then turn to low and cook 4-5 hours more or until a thermometer inserted in the center of the breast reaches a temperature of 165 degrees.
- Remove the turkey breast from the oven and allow to rest on a cutting board for a few minutes.
- Strain 2 cups of the cooking liquid from the crock pot and discard any solids.
- Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and then slowly stream in the cooking liquid, whisking constantly, until a gravy of your desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cut the turkey breast into slices, plate and drizzle the gravy on top.
The turkey turned out perfectly! It was juicy and flavorful and with mashed potatoes it made the perfect comfort food on a cold day.
Enjoy these great #ComfortFood ideas from #FestiveFoodies!
- Cheesesteak Pizza from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
- Chicken Alfredo Lasagna from A Day in the LIfe on the Farm
- Chicken Cordon Bleu from Family Around the Table.
- Chicken Zoodle Soup from Everyday Eileen.
- Creole Jambalaya from Caroline’s Cooking.
- Crock Pot Turkey Breast and Gravy from Cookaholic Wife.
- Dill Weed Deviled Eggs from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice.
- General Tso’s Chicken from Palatable Pastime.
- Homemade “Hot Pocket” Sandwiches from Frugal Pantry.
- Italian Sausage Minestrone from Jolene’s Recipe Journal.
- Lighter Chicken Pot Pie from Kate’s Recipe Box.
- Turkey Sausage & Penne Skillet from Amy’s Cooking Adventures.