Slow Cooker Turkey With No-Fuss Gravy

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READY IN: 4hrs 20mins
Recipe by ohgal

I'm posting this recipe here for safe-keeping. I've made this twice, and it's become my favorite. I tried it after seeing posted on Mel;s Kitchen Cafe. My 8lb turkey breast was done in 3 1/2 hrs. Watch for doness closely as over-cooking just a tiny bit too long will result in a dry turkey.

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Directions

  1. In a large, nonstick skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the onion is translucent and the vegetables are lightly browned.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until the flour coating the veggies turns golden. Whisk in 1 cup of the broth, working to smooth out any lumps as it cooks and thickens. Stir in the remaining broth and water. Add the thyme and bay leaves.
  3. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Season the turkey breast all over with salt and pepper (be causious with the salt). Place the turkey in the slow cooker (breast side down). Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours until the internal temperature of the turkey breast reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Carefully transfer the turkey breast to a cutting board (or 9X13-inch pan to catch any juices), tent with foil and let rest while preparing the gravy.
  5. Strain the liquid in the slow cooker into a saucepan. Let it settle for 5 minutes or so and then skim the fat from the surface. Bring the gravy to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often, until it is slightly thickened. It won't be as thick as traditional gravy but will be silky and slightly thick. If you'd like it thicker, simply whisk together a slurry of cornstarch and cold water (a tablespoon or so of cornstarch in a couple tablespoons of water) and stir the slurry into the gravy, simmering for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Season the gravy with any additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  7. Carve the turkey and serve with the warm gravy.

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