Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gooble, gooble... let's eat turkey

Oh how I love turkey. Any kind of turkey too. I love turkey burgers, turkey tenderloins and any kind of turkey (not sausage though).

Anyway, I love my slow cooker. It is a great thing for me with the family. I can put dinner on in the morning and have it ready when I get home. The boys just love pinto beans. They love coming home and having pinto beans and cornbread. Eric calls it the poor man's meal. I love the stuff. It makes me warm inside, and no, it is not the gas that makes me warm.

I was looking for a recipe online for turkey breast made in the crockpot. And then I realized that I have a book for slow cooker and I needed to go through it. Low-and-behold, but what do I find. Maple and Apricot Sauced Turkey Breast. Oh my, I think I am in heaven! I haven't tried it, but since Chuck's birthday is next week, I think I will do this for him.

2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped apricots
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup real maple syrup ( I use Cracker Barrel for everything at home)
1/2 cup apple juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
6 to 7 lb frozen bone-in turkey breast, thawed
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp water
4 med green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)

Melt butter in 10 inch nonstick skillet over med heat. Cook apricots and cranberries in butter for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in maple syrup, 1/4 cup apple juice and soy sauce. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced slightly. Cool 5 to 10 minutes. Mixture will thicken slightly.
Remove skin from turkey breast. Sprinkle turkey with salt and pepper. Place in 6 qt slow cooker. Spoon maple syrup mixture over turkey breast.
Cover and cook on low heat setting 5 to 6 hours or until juice of turkey is no longer pink when center is cut.
Remove turkey from cooker; cover to keep warm. Mix remaining apple sauce, cornstarch, water and onions; stir into mixture of cooker. Cover and cook on high heat setting for 10 - 15 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Serve sauce with turkey.

I will have to take out the onions, because Chuck just can't eat them. But this is something that I think would make a good meal for all of us.

Let me know what you think of this one!