It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving for you to have your turkey and eat it too. This slow cooker turkey recipe is perfect for an impromptu Turkey Day. A quick fix for the hard work of making a whole turkey, this turkey breast recipe can be used to create a hearty meal that is satisfying for the whole family. Whip up some gravy and add mashed potatoes and Southern cornbread dressing and you can celebrate on any date.
- 1 turkey breast (thawed in refrigerator)
- 1 envelope garlic and herb onion soup mix (I used the herb one)
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- Place the turkey breast in the slow cooker.
- Mix together cranberry sauce and soup mix and pour over turkey.
- Cook on high for 2 hours, then on low for 6 to 7 hours.
- The turkey breast should register at least 165F on a food thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat.
Cooking Tips and Ingredient Substitutions
Turkey breast is extremely versatile, so you're not relegated to serving this dish by the slice with gravy.
Here are some alternative ways to use slow cooker turkey breast.
Loaded Baked Potato with Pulled Turkey Breast
Texas is known for their stuffed baked potato dishes. Use the cranberry pulled turkey breast from this recipe as an alternative topping to pulled pork or barbecue brisket topped spuds. Make it your own by using two forks to pull turkey breast apart after cooking. Split and scoop out potato flesh(you can use sweet potatoes or traditional white Russet potatoes. Mix in the cranberry pulled turkey. Top with cheese and bake in an oven at 400F for 10 minutes. Top with brown gravy and you've Thanksgiv-afied your loaded baked potato.
Cranberry Pulled Turkey Sliders
Feed a large party with pulled turkey sliders. Cut a slit in the middle of pull-apart rolls and stuff them with the cranberry pulled turkey. Top with chives for garnish and drizzle barbecue sauce on top for a quick appetizer for parties. You might also plan multiple meals ahead by packaging this turkey breast to make sliders on the go. Separate the turkey into containers, stack them up in the fridge, and grab and go throughout your work week. Heat the turkey in a microwave and make quick sliders with rolls, sandwich bread or even tortillas. Pair with chips or a salad on the side and lunch is done.