Recipe Box: Slow-cooked turkey

When I first got my slow cooker I thought it was just for making stews. And don’t get me wrong, I do love a stew, but it is a bit ridiculous to have a one-use pot taking up space in your kitchen. 

Thankfully, I stumbled across a recipe for a slow-cooked lasagne that changed the way I used my poor neglected slow-cooker forever. If you haven’t tried it then you really must – it is a total game changer!

I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try so that we don’t get stuck in a meal-planning rut, so when Copas Turkeys got in touch about working with them in the lead-up to Christmas, I thought it would be fun to try a turkey in my slow cooker! 

I’d read a few threads saying that it just wouldn’t work, but I am never one to believe those so I gave it a go anyway. Just as well, as it was amazing! So juicy!

If you fancy giving it a go, this is what you need to do…

Cut an onion in half and place in the bottom of the slow cooker with a couple of garlic cloves. 

Leaving the string on, baste the turkey with an oil & paprika mix. (I used 1tbsp of oil with 1tsp paprika). 

Place it in the pot with enough water to cover the bottom. The juices from the bird will mix in with the water, onion and garlic and make for a great base for gravy later on!

After 7-8 hours on slow, the turkey will be ready. If you like a crispy skin, you can transfer it to a hot oven for 3-5 minutes just to brown off. 

Now if you are wondering why you would want to do a turkey in a slow-cooker rather than in an oven, just think of the space. How often do you try and ram as much in the oven as possible while the bird is taking up space? 

And the fact that juices are kept contained is another brilliant reason – no drying out in the oven when turkey can be dry anyway! 

I cook all of our meat in my slow-cooker now as I much prefer the texture. Plus I can pop it in and forget about it all day!

Let me know if you give it a try, or if you have any other slow cooker recipes you love!

We will be working with Copas Turkeys over the coming months but this recipe was one I did just for the love of turkey!

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