January 5, 2011
Fix-It And Forget-It Recipes For Entertaining, well you can fix-it but you really should not forget-it like the title states. I made my meal, really easy and set the slow cooker and did not make it home in time for the suggested cooking time. Let’s just say it was done. The good news is the kids still ate it. They complained that it was a little dry so I made some quick gravy for them and poured it over the turkey and stuffing, and viola dinner was served. I will say when I got home, the house smelled great. That is one of the things that I love about using a slow cooker. Most days I am in and out of the house and would have been better able to monitor the meal. Yesterday, that was not a possibility.
The Ruling: So let’s pretend that I cooked the meal according to the cooking time…..it tasted great! Juicy and moist and just how you want your turkey to be. The stuffing was delicious and full of flavor.
As for the cookbook, full of recipes but no pictures. You know how I feel about pictures. I did make two other items in the cookbook, the snack mix on page 244 and the chili con queso on page 236. The queso was your basic velveeta and rotell tomatoes, nothing new and original. The snack mix made in the crock pot did not impress me. First of all, why would you want to make it in the slow cooker? It takes 2 hours and you need to stir every 30 minutes. The one in the oven takes 45 minutes and you need to stir it every 15 minutes. Now, if I didn’t have to stir it that would be a time saving step. But to me the slow cooker version was actually more difficult than the oven version.
Slow Cooker Turkey and Dressing page 127
- 8 oz. package or 2 6 oz. packages stuffing mix
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 2 Tbs. butter, softened
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup sweetened, dried cranberries
- 3 pound boneless turkey breast
- 1/4 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- Spread dry stuffing mix in greased slow cooker.
- Add water, butter, onion, celery and cranberries. Mix well.
- Sprinkle turkey breast with basil, salt and pepper. Place over stuffing mixture.
- Cover. Cook on low 5-6 hours, or until turkey is done but not dry.
- Remove and slice turkey.
- Gently stir stuffing and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
- Place stuffing on platter, topped with sliced turkey.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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