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Slow Cooker Turkey and Dressing

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
Yield 5 to 6 servings
Turkey and dressing has never been so simple as it is when you use your slow cooker. You may never go back to roasting the bird after you try this easy slow cooker version featuring a turkey breast and a package of stuffing mix.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package herb-seasoned stuffing mix (we tested with Pepperidge Farm)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 (3-pound) frozen boneless turkey breast, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 (0.88-ounce) package turkey gravy mix

How to Make It

  1. Coat inside of a 4-quart electric slow cooker with cooking spray. Add stuffing mix, onion, celery, and cranberries. Combine broth and melted butter. Pour over stuffing, and stir gently.

  2. Remove string from turkey breast. Rinse turkey breast. Place turkey in slow cooker on top of stuffing. Combine salt, pepper, and thyme; sprinkle over turkey. Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour. Reduce to LOW, and cook 5 to 6 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in turkey registers 170°.

  3. Remove turkey to a serving platter. Stir stuffing gently in slow cooker; cover and let stand 3 to 4 minutes. Prepare gravy. Spoon stuffing around turkey on platter.

  4. Note: Some turkey breasts come with a gravy packet; some don't. We liked the flavor and color of gravy using a (88-ounce) package of turkey gravy mix (we tested with French's).

Christmas with Southern Living 2002