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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Spiced Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Have you used your crock pot to make turkey?  When my hubby first came to America I made a whole turkey in the oven.. thinking that I would give him a taste of American cooking.  Well, he didn't like it, he thought it was dry and had no flavour.  He didn't want to have turkey again.  It was a few years later that we decided to try and make it in the crock pot and put in some spices and VOILA it was terrific.  Full of flavour and moist.  So since that day I have made my turkey in the crock pot.

I know, you are going to say .... everyone does that.  This is not new.  But what is new is what spices that I use and how I infuse the spices throughout the turkey breast, so that not only the outside has the flavour, every bite has it.

Here is how I do it.

3 lb turkey breast
1 garlic clove
1 inch fresh ginger
1 tbsp anise
1 tsp grains of paradise (you could use black pepper
1-2 tbsp onion
Salt water

Place turkey breast in water to cover and approx 1 tbsp salt.  Let sit while you mix your spices.
I use my mortar and pestle and grind together garlic, ginger, anise, grains of paradise and onion.  Add a small amount of water to this so it makes a paste.
Take turkey breast out of salt water, remove skin,  cut a few slits throughout the turkey.
Rub spices all over the turkey and into the slits that you cut.  Cover the breast with the skin and rub some spices over the skin.
Place turkey in crock pot.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours.   Remove from crock pot and let sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Cooks notes:
My crock pot is a 6 qt which is probably too big.  You could use a smaller one if you have it.  I do not add any liquid to my turkey as it has enough already.  Most of the time the liquid is covering the turkey breast when it is done.
If you don't have a mortar and pestle, a small food processor would work to grind the spices.  I have not tried this recipe with ground spices as I use fresh garlic, ginger and onion and whole anise and grains of paradise.
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  1. I never heard of grains of paradise before. What is it?

    1. Barbara ~ Grains of Paradise is a west African spice. You can use black pepper as a substitute with a little cardamom. I get mine from either Togo West Africa or It adds more flavour to whatever you are cooking then just black pepper.

  2. This sounds really good! I'm guessing the method would work just as well for chicken. :)


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