Slow Cooker Whole Turkey with Gravy

Bursting with juices at the first cut then served with delicious gravy drizzled over the succulent meat;  this slow cooker Turkey recipe provides a flavor rich main entree for your holiday celebration that you will be proud to serve to your family and friends. Cover the breasts with my simple recommended seasonings and slowly stew with tasty vegetables to create a lingering invitation of aromatic bliss that will resonate throughout the home on notes of fresh herbs. Once you let the slow cooker work its magic, transfer the juicy bird to the baking sheet and roast the skin to a crispy perfection (stay in the kitchen as this usually only take 5 to 7 minutes). 

This gravy recipe will be an instant hit at the table as the remnants of the slow cooked turkey are thickened to your preference with mouth watering satisfaction from my easy to follow recipe style cheat code, that I know you will love.  For those of us that may not require the entire bird for the Holiday feast, this recipe puts the main entree at the center of the table with little hassle and very predictable cook times. Watch the video and follow the detailed instructions below to have this gorgeous hunk of meat featured at your table this feasting season. 

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In a medium size bowl: add softened butter, fresh thyme & rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix well. Use one hand to loosen and lift the turkey breast skin. Using about half the butter mixture, coat/smother the breast rubbing under the skin. Stuff the onion, lemon and the rest of the herbs, including stems (thyme & rosemary) into the turkey’s cavity. Then rub the rest of the butter over the outer layer of the turkey’s skin. Tie the legs together.

Place garlic cloves in the bottom of the slow cooker. Then place the turkey on top of the garlic. Throw in the carrots and celery.

Cover with the lid. Slow cook on low for 8 hours or cook on high for 4 hours.

Carefully remove the turkey from the slow cooker and place on a rack with a baking sheet. Broil for 10 minutes in the oven or until lightly golden brown. Make sure to keep an eye on the turkey while in the oven (broiler). 

Use a fine mesh and strain the liquid; discard the vegetables and fat (optional)You should have about 2 cups of turkey liquid from the slow cooker. 

Add 2 cups of chicken broth to the liquid. Set aside until ready to use.

Heat the sauce pan to medium-high. Melt the butter then add flour as you whisk. Slowly add the broth, whisk until smooth. Add thyme and Worcestershire sauce as you continue to whisk. Turn down the heat to medium and let simmer for 7-10 minutes or until desired consistency. Optional add 1 tsp soy sauce to darken the gravy. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Serve

Enjoy

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Slow Cooker Whole Turkey

Easy to make whole turkey that is extremely tender and juicy with a mouthwatering savory skin.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 9-10 lbs whole turkey
  • 1 garlic head 9-10 cloves
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1 carrot cut
  • 1 celery stem cut
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 5-8 sprigs fresh thyme

Butter Mixture

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Gravy

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups liquid from the slow cooker
  • 2 cups low- sodium chicken/turkey broth
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the thyme and rosmary. Get about 1-2 stems from each and tear the leaves off and mince; set aside. In a medium size bowl: add softened butter, fresh thyme & rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • [If using a frozen turkey; thaw in the refrigerator 48-72 hours prior to use.] Remove the turkey from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours prior to cooking. Remove turkey neck, giblets and package; reserve for giblet gravy or discard if you prefer. Clean, rinse and pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Use one hand to loosen and lift the turkey breast skin. Using about half the butter mixture, coat/smother the breast rubbing under the skin. Stuff the onion, lemon and the rest of the herbs, including stems (thyme & rosemary) into the turkey's cavity. Then rub the rest of the butter over the outer layer of the turkey's skin. Tie the legs together.
  • Place garlic cloves in the bottom of the slow cooker. Then place the turkey on top of the garlic. Throw in the carrots and celery.
  • Cover with the lid. Slow cook on low for 8 hours or cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Carefully remove the turkey from the slow cooker and place on a rack with a baking sheet. Broil for 10 minutes in the oven or until lightly golden brown. Make sure to keep an eye on the turkey while in the oven (broiler).

Gravy

  • Use a fine mesh and strain the liquid; discard the vegetables and fat (optional). You should have about 2 cups of turkey liquid from the slow cooker. Add 2 cups of chicken broth to the liquid. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat the sauce pan to medium-high. Melt the butter then add flour as you whisk. Slowly add the broth, whisk until smooth. Add thyme and Worcestershire sauce as you continue to whisk. Turn down the heat to medium and let simmer for 7-10 minutes or until desired consistency. Optional add 1 tsp soy sauce to darken the gravy. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Serve & enjoy!

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    Ingredients for the butter mixture.

    Mix well.

    Stuff apple, onion, lemon and the rest of the herbs with stem (thyme, rosemary & sage) into the turkey’s cavity. For best results, highly recommend using fresh herbs.

    Use one hand to loosen and lift the turkey breast’s skin.

    Smother about half of the butter mixture between the skin and breast.

    Rub the rest of the butter on top of the turkey. It doesn’t have to be perfect, the butter will melt in the pan.

    Tuck the wing underneath the turkey leg (tip: stick the bamboo stick about 2″ long into the wing and leg).

    Tie the legs together. Loosely cover with aluminum foil.

    Baste every 30 minutes.

    Reserve the dripping make turkey gravy.

    Transfer the turkey to a serving tray and decorate.

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    Garlic Butter Turkey

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    Prep Time 30 mins
    Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
    Total Time 3 hrs
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Servings 16
    Calories

    Equipment

    • Roasting Pan with Rack

    Ingredients
      

    • 1 turkey 10-14 lbs
    • 1 onion cut into quarterly
    • 1 apple cut into quarterly
    • 1 lemon cut in half
    • .50 oz fresh rosemary
    • .50 oz fresh sage
    • .50 oz fresh thyme

    Butter Herb Garlic Mixture

    • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) softened
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 head garlic peeled & minced
    • fresh thyme & rosemary

    Gravy

    • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup butter
    • 4 cups turkey or chicken broth low-sodium
    • turkey drippings approx. ½ cup
    • 2 fresh thyme sprigs leaves only
    • salt & pepper to taste

    Instructions
     

    Butter Garlic Herb Mixture

    • Rinse the thyme and rosmary. Get about 1-2 stems from each and tear the leaves off and minced; set aside. In a medium size bowl: add softened butter, fresh thyme & rosemary, miced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.

    Turkey

    • If using a frozen turkey; thaw in the refrigerator 48-72 hours prior to use. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator and let it sit in room temperature for 1-2 hours before roasting. Remove turkey neck, giblets and package; reserve for giblet gravy or discard if you prefer. Clean, rinse and pat dry the turkey with paper towel.
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).
    • Stuff the apple, onion, lemon and the rest of the herbs, including stems (thyme, rosemary & sage) into the turkey's cavity. Use one hand to loosen and lift the turkey breast skin. Using about half the butter mixture, coat/smother the breast beneath the skin. Then rub the rest of the butter on the outer layer of the turkey's skin. Place the turkey on the roasting rack and pan. Tuck the wing underneath the turkey leg (tip: use a bamboo stick about 2" long to pin the wing). Tie the legs together. Loosely cover with aluminum foil.
    • Place turkey in the oven and reduce the heat to 350°f F (176°C). Roast for 13 minutes per-pound or until the internal temperature reaches to 165°F (73°C). Remove the turkey from the oven and tent/cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 20 minutes before craving.
    • Transfer the drippings and grease to a clear measuring cup or bowl. The drippings will settle to the bottom; discard the grease. Reserve the drippings to make turkey gravy.

    Gravy

    • Heat the pan up to medium-high. Add butter; wait until nearly all the butter is melted. Add half of the flour to the pan; whisk. Continue to whisk and slowly add the rest of the flour. Slowly add the drippings to the pan (make sure to whisk well to prevent lumps); whisk until well mixed. Add the fresh finely minced thyme and soy sauce; mix well.
    • Slowly pour ½ cup of broth into the pan; whisk until smooth. Repeat the step by adding second ½ cup; whisk until smooth. Then slowly pour in the rest of the broth; mix and whisk. Season with salt and pepper; mix. Bring to a boil for 30 seconds and reduce the heat to medium. Let it simmer for 10 minutes or until desired consistency.

    Serve & enjoy!

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