Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot

During the summer months, I hate to turn on my oven! It's just too hot! That's when my Crock Pot saves the day.

This bone-in turkey breast is found in the frozen section of your supermarket. I used a 7.53 lb breast, so adjust your recipe if you choose one of a substantially different size.

My home smelled like Thanksgiving all day (YUM!), the kids kept coming in the kitchen to smell the air & say "I can't wait for dinner!", and my husband had a huge smile on his face when he came in the door after work. The meat was moist & so tender it fell right off the bone when we took it out of the Crock Pot.

We served this with a whole grain rice & bulgar wheat pilaf, broccoli & corn. We had about 1/3 left over which we mixed with the rest of the dinner leftovers & made a super yummy casserole for the next day - woohoo!!

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot

1 bone-in, skin-on whole turkey breast, thawed if frozen (5-7 lbs)
1 small onion, sliced
2 cups chicken broth
1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbls finely chopped fresh italian parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried sage leaves
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbls olive or vegetable oil

Preheat crock pot on high. Place onion slices in bottom of crock pot & pour in 1 cup of chicken broth.

Grate peel from lemon. Cut lemon into quarters, set aside. In small bowl, stir together lemon peel, garlic, parsley, salt, sage, pepper & oil.

Loosen skin covering turkey breast and pull away from breast meat, leaving skin attached at neck. If necessary, use kitchen shears or sharp knife to loosen.

Rub herb/oil mixture evenly over turkey breast, under skin. Replace skin & place turkey, breast-side down, in crock pot. Place lemon quarters in neck opening.

Cover & cook 1 hour on high. Lower temperature to LOW and cook all day (8-10 hours).

Remove from Crock Pot carefully - the turkey breast will fall apart - to cutting board. Separate meat from bone & serve.

When removing turkey breast from the packaging, separating the breast skin from the meat, and rubbing on the herb/oil mixture - do all of this in your kitchen sink to avoid a juicy, wet mess on your kitchen counters & floor!! (Can you tell I learned this the hard way years ago?!?)

Place the Crock Pot next to the sink before you begin. When you're done preparing the turkey breast, move it directly to the Crock Pot.

If any juice gets on your counters, be sure to clean them thoroughly. Make sure you also clean your sink thoroughly! (This is a "thing" of mine - poultry juices can be dangerous!)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OMG this looks delicious :D!! I love it :)


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