Local Turkey Dinner

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.



  1. Robin February 2, 2012 12:20 pm Reply

    Boy that looks good! What I wouldn’t do for some bread right now! I need to loose a few pounds, so I have cut it out of my diet.

    We have a small turkey in the freezer. Hmmmm, maybe I will cook it this week.


  2. Jody February 2, 2012 2:00 pm Reply

    That looks tasty. I wish we could find a good turkey grower around here. Everyone we know is way to expensive.


  3. Norma Chang February 3, 2012 5:52 am Reply

    I never thought of cooking turkey in a crock pot. What a clever idea. Sitting down to breakfast and would love a slice of that bread.


    • Rick February 3, 2012 9:39 am Reply

      We love the crock pot. Mrs. Stoney uses it at least once or twice a week. W e also use it to cook beef and pork roasts. It makes a very tender and tasty meat.

  4. wilderness February 3, 2012 8:50 am Reply

    That meal sure looks great. I would love to have a source for locally grown anything. It just doesn’t happen around here. Hard to even get fresh eggs and they charge a fortune for them. You would think they were the golden egg.

    • wilderness February 3, 2012 8:51 am Reply

      I was late doing my Thursday post so I added it to Robin’s list today.

    • Rick February 3, 2012 9:37 am Reply

      Doing this Dark Days Challenge has shown me how difficult it is to find local foods, especially in the winter time. In the summer we can just stop by the farmers market and grab what we need all from local folks. But this time of year we have really had to search hard to find local ingredients. It’s going to be even harder now that the garden potatoes are almost gone!

  5. Mrs.Pickles February 3, 2012 12:54 pm Reply

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