Saturday, July 13, 2013

Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Cranberry Gravy

Turkey the easy way!
 Put your turkey breast in the crock pot.
Combine sauce ingredients; pour over the top.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper or 
a house blend. 
Cover and cook for about 8 hours.
 Shake a little cornstarch and water in a jar.
Whisk into the sauce and let it thicken on high.
Whisk occasionally for about 10 minutes while the
turkey rests.
 This makes a very moist turkey. Perfect
leftovers for sandwiches during the week.
Serve with mashed potatoes and plenty
of cranberry gravy. Try this the next
time you're in the mood for turkey but
 not the work. You'll be thankful!

Crock Pot Cranberry Turkey
1 turkey breast, 5-7 lbs
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
15-oz can whole berry
cranberry sauce
1/2 C orange juice,
 chicken broth or wine
salt & pepper

Spray the pot with Pam. 
Put the breast inside.
Combine the ingredients and pour
over. Sprinkle with s&p.
Cover and cook on low for 
6-8 hours
Remove the breast to a platter and
let rest while you make the gravy.
Turn the heat to high.
Combine 2-3T cornstarch with 1/2 C
water in a jar and shake to blend.
Add to the broth in the pot and
 whisk to combine. Cover and cook another
5-10 minutes, whisking a few times. 
Serve with the sliced turkey and
mashed potatoes.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Crock Pot Sausage & Peppers

I usually make sausage and peppers on top of
the stove, but sometimes I like to assemble
everything late morning when I have the time
and l know I will be out or busy most of the day.
It's nice not to have to fuss with dinner when 
I arrive home late or tired. I let this 
 slow cook all day and then I just need to boil
the pasta when it's time for dinner while I unwind
 and enjoy a glass of red wine. 
To the crock pot add: the sausage and peppers cut
into bite-size pieces, the chopped onion and garlic,
the seasonings. Add the spaghetti sauce.
 Add a little wine to the jar and swish around.
 Add to the pot and stir it all to combine.
 tip: I love to reuse these Mason jars. HERE, HERE.
 Combine all the ingredients, cover and cook
on low for 6-7 hours. Cook your 1/2 box penne
and stir into the pot before serving.
Serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Crock Pot Sausage & Peppers
  with Penne

3/4- 1lb hot Italian sausage cut into pieces
1 large green pepper, diced
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, smashed or chopped
1 t Italian seasoning
(1/4 t red papper flakes only 
if using mild sausage)
Pasta sauce, 24-26oz jar 
(they keep changing the size!)
1/2C red wine
Combine all ingredients, adding the wine to the
 empty pasta sauce  jar to swish out all the 
sauce before adding. Cover and cook on low for
 7 hours. Before serving add, 
 8oz cooked penne to the pot and stir
 to combine. serve with parmesan cheese.