Instead of using my beloved Viking 6 burner 36″ range, this past week I hauled out the ol’ crockpot, dusted it off, and tried something I’d never done before. I decided to try cooking a frozen turkey breast in it. It was fantastic. And now that I have to pay serious attention to every meal, without relying on catch-as-catch-can, I’m going to definitely use the crockpot more often. Here’s what I did:
- First I layered two peeled Idaho potatoes, two large carrots, two celery stalks, all cut into small chunks, into the bottom of the pot.
- I took a 5 pound turkey breast directly from the freezer and put it into the crockpot on top of the vegetables. Yes, I took the wrapper off first! Don’t laugh, when I made my first chicken many, many years ago, I didn’t know that you had to take the paper-wrapped innards out of the inside of the chicken!
- I added one cup of water.
- I put 4 tablespoons of butter in my cuisinart and mixed it with 1 tablespoon of rosemary, 2 teaspoons of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Then I poured it over the turkey breast.
- I turned the crockpot on high and walked away, leaving it to its’ own devices. It was about 9 AM.
By 5 PM, the turkey was literally falling off the bone. We turned it to the low setting. To say it was delicious is an understatement. We had several meals from the turkey. We ate the turkey meat along with a salad, plus the potatoes and carrots from the crockpot. We ate it as soup by taking some of the broth from the crockpot and adding some of the turkey meat and veggies. One meal consisted of the turkey soup to which we added some brown rice leftover from a previous meal. We took some of the turkey and put it between two pieces of Whole Foods GF Sandwich bread (toasted). I think we got about six meals out of it! This week I’m going to try the same thing with a roast.
I don’t have a picture of the meal, as I wasn’t thinking about blogging on the night I made it. Oh well, you can use your imaginations, right? It was fabulous, and too easy for words!