I hosted Thanksgiving!
Well, not really. But I put together a small, faux Thanksgiving/ double birthday celebration for a couple of friends. Greg bought the cake and the potato masher. Sam brought the ingredients that I forgot to buy. I, meanwhile, had this recipe from About.com cooking in the crockpot.
In this recipe, turkey cutlets are wrapped around a filling made primarily of cranberry sauce, apple, and stuffing. It’s a little microcosm of Thanksgiving, perfect for a lazy college student.
It’s also pretty freaking delicious.
Crockpot Turkey Cutlets with Cranberry Sauce Stuffing
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 2 ½ hours high or 5 hours low
Serves: 8 people, 1 stuffed cutlet each
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large rib celery, chopped (I omitted this. My feelings towards celery are summed up by this blog post)
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion or shallot, optional
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced
- 2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing crumbs
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 can (14 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce, divided
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- turkey breast cutlets, about 2 pounds
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the diced apple, along with the optional onion and celery. Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the stuffing crumbs with the sautéed vegetable mixture, chicken broth, 1 cup of the cranberry sauce, and the poultry seasoning. Mix well to blend.
Spoon a few tablespoons of stuffing mixture on a turkey breast cutlet. Starting with the long end roll up and secure with toothpicks.*
Arrange the rolls in the slow cooker.
Alternatively, you can lightly roll the turkey up without the stuffing and spoon the stuffing mixture around the rolls.
Spoon any excess stuffing mixture around the turkey rolls. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours, or on HIGH for about 2 1/2 hours.
* Fun fact. It turns out you don’t actually need the toothpicks. I couldn’t find mine (it turns out they were sitting on the shelf directly above my crockpot), and everything turned out great.