For this weeks Dark Days Challenge we pulled out all the stops! We love turkey and mashed potatoes and we just can’t hold ourselves to only Thanksgiving. We will usually have a nice turkey dinner at least 3 times a year on top of the traditional Thanksgiving bird.
We are lucky here in Utah to have a local source for turkey. The Norbest turkey farms are located near Manti Utah which is less than 100 miles from our place. That makes it a local source of meat for us. We usually just buy a small 6 to 8 pound turkey breast.
When you are cooking a turkey that small the crock pot is your friend. We have a pretty large crock pot that will fit a small turkey. The recipe is simple; Slice up a large onion. Place about half of the onion on the bottom of the pot. Season the turkey the way you like it. Place the turkey breast in the crock pot with the breast side down (this helps to give you super moist meat). Add about 2 cups of chicken stock or broth. Sprinkle the remaining onion on the turkey and in the chest cavity. Cook on the high setting for about 7 hours or until a meat thermometer tells you it is done. That’s it!!
We use the drippings/ chicken stock to make a simple gravy. Mash up the last of the garden potatoes, add some corn on the cob from the freezer and a slice of fresh homemade bread and you have the perfect meal. Even better 100% of the ingredients came from within 100 miles of our home!
Be sure to follow what others are doing on the Dark Days Challenge by visiting Not Dabbling in Normal. You will also want to see how other gardeners are using their winter stores by visiting The gardener of Eden where she hosts Thursdays Kitchen Cupboard.