Slow Cooker Turkey with Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes & Green Peas

Thanksgiving in a flash with just 7 ingredients!! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas with only a few ingredients (not including salt and pepper...but c'mon!)! In case you didn't see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers!

Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas in just 7 Ingredients (not including salt and pepper…but c’mon!)! In case you didn’t see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers! It includes this recipe along with nine others worked into a perfect symphony with one another to create ten meals in only 30 ingredients! If you look at the recipe below, this one already has 7! So that means I added in another nine recipes for only another 23 ingredients!

This recipe is one of our favorites. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, which says a lot because I LOVE celebrating the holidays. If it had my favorite stuffing with it, this would be a meal I could eat every day for the rest of my life! The turkey is moist, and flavorful with a rich and creamy gravy on top. The candied sweet potatoes make we want to start Christmas shopping!

To make the turkey, add ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add in turkey pieces, skin side up. Top with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook on low for 7 hours. Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas in just 7 Ingredients (not including salt and pepper...but c'mon!)! In case you didn't see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers!Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. 45 minutes before turkey is finished cooking, start working on sweet potatoes. Add salt (to taste, I use ½ teaspoon), pepper (to taste, I use ¼ teaspoon), canola oil and 3 tablespoons brown sugar to sweet potatoes and combine. Spread sweet potatoes on a baking pan and roast in oven for 30 minutes. Remove turkey from the slow cooker. Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas in just 7 Ingredients (not including salt and pepper...but c'mon!)! In case you didn't see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers!


Pour the liquid left behind in the slow cooker into a measuring cup and remove as much of the fat as you can. Melt the butter into a saucepan on medium high heat and combine with 2 tablespoons of flour. Whisk and let cook on medium for a minute to cook out the raw flour taste. Add in the rest of the turkey liquid and let it cook until thickened, approximately 3-5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I use ½ teaspoon of each). Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas in just 7 Ingredients (not including salt and pepper...but c'mon!)! In case you didn't see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers!Remove sweet potatoes and top with additional 3 tablespoons brown sugar. Microwave or steam the green peas. Serve turkey, covered with gravy, sweet potatoes covered with brown sugar and steamed peas on the side.

As an alternate way to make the peas, I sometimes reserve about a half cup of the turkey liquid, and microwave the peas in the liquid. It seasons them with almost no extra effort! You can also use a ¼ cup of the gravy to toss with the frozen peas and microwave, but they would be a bit creamier that way.

Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas in just 7 Ingredients (not including salt and pepper...but c'mon!)! In case you didn't see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers!

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Slow Cooker Turkey with Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes & Green Peas

Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned and moist covered in gravy with candied sweet potatoes and peas in just 7 Ingredients!
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4 turkey thighs , bone in, skin on (you can also use legs)
  • kosher salt , divided
  • black pepper , divided
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1” cubes
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar , divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 12 ounces frozen peas

Instructions

  • Add ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add in turkey pieces, skin side up.
  • Top with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  • Cook on low for 7 hours.
  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 30 minutes before turkey is finished cooking, start working on sweet potatoes.
  • Add salt (to taste, I use ½ teaspoon), pepper (to taste, I use ¼ teaspoon), canola oil and 3 tablespoons brown sugar to sweet potatoes and combine.
  • Spread sweet potatoes on a baking pan and roast in oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove turkey from the slow cooker.
  • Pour the liquid left behind in the slow cooker into a measuring cup and remove as much of the fat as you can.
  • Melt the butter into a saucepan on medium high heat and combine with 2 tablespoons of flour.
  • Whisk and let cook on medium for one minute to cook out the raw flour taste.
  • Add in the rest of the turkey liquid and let it cook until thickened, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper (I use ½ teaspoon of each).
  • Remove sweet potatoes and top with additional 3 tablespoons brown sugar.
  • Microwave or steam the green peas.
  • Serve turkey, covered with gravy, sweet potatoes covered with brown sugar and steamed peas on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 995mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 33000IU | Vitamin C: 39.4mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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Dinner then Dessert TIPS You can choose to make turkey breast instead of dark meat, but I would not put it in the slow cooker. For one large 2 pound breast, I would roast at 350 degrees for 1 hour, tented with foil. The dark meat is really tender and delicious in the slow cooker though and if you don’t have a need to switch to white meat, I HIGHLY recommend trying it this way first.

Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas in just 7 Ingredients (not including salt and pepper...but c'mon!)! In case you didn't see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers!

This recipe is one of 10 in my FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30: 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals and 30 Total Ingredients that is a bonus for email subscribers only! It includes shopping lists that set you up for two weeks of weeknight dinners with no ingredient waste and tips for cooking and alternate ingredient options. If you haven’t subscribed for updates you may want to now so you can download it today! The form is right below this post.

Thanksgiving in a flash! Slow cooked turkey that is browned, moist and tender, covered in a rich gravy with candied sweet potatoes and green peas in just 7 Ingredients (not including salt and pepper...but c'mon!)! In case you didn't see the news yesterday, the FREE E-Cookbook 5-10-30 5 Cuisines, 10 Full Meals, 30 Total Ingredients was released for subscribers!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. Sounds like a great idea! I have to say, this coming thanksgiving I am butchering some turkeys! Legs, thighs and wings (going to test this) in the slow cooker and the breasts roasted off for lunch meat!

  1. This slow cooker turkey looks so delicious!! Sounds like the perfect comfort food meal! :)Pinning!

  2. I love turkey prepared in the slow cooker. It has such a hearty flavor. Sometimes I buy the leftover turkey in the refrigerated case after Thanksgiving and make it again, just to have some to freeze. Thanks for the great tip about mixing the gravy in the peas, wouldn’t have thought of that!

    1. Absolutely my pleasure Dede! I genuinely would eat this all the time if turkey wasn’t so pricy out of season!

    1. I know right? So random in July but hey you don’t have to heat up your oven for 6 hours to make it!

  3. Wow I’d love to make this. I always forget about turkey when I’m planning dinners but this would be perfect!

  4. I’ve never thought of doing my turkey in the slow cooker before. What a perfect way to cook it without ever turning the oven on!

  5. Okay, this is totally going on my meal plan next month. It sounds and looks delicious. I know it sounds crazy, but I never think of turkey except for thanksgiving…

    1. Me too! Then one day I literally had to have stuffing. I just had to. I was going to make it with sausage and brussels and I walked past some turkey in the store. You could have seen the light bulb go on above my head! Haha. Now we make it once a month or so. I even make it and freeze whole meals for later. We love it.

  6. Oh you’ve done it again! I always find myself drooling over food on your site! This sounds so amazing. I can seriously smell it right now! Perfect family home cooked dinner!

  7. This looks like such a delicious meal. I love sweet potatoes. I am going to try making this on the weekend.

  8. Those sweet potatoes have brought on a serious craving. I love them with brown sugar!

    1. When I have candied sweet potatoes I just have to have turkey with it. It would be like eating peanut butter without the jelly without the turkey.

  9. OOH this makes me want to eat my computer! This looks amazing! Congratulation on the e-cookbook! I will be checking out all the recipes!

    1. Having it go live today and noticing I have a loaf of stale french bread made me put stuffing on tonight’s menu! haha

  10. I love Thanksgiving dinner and eating it anytime of the year makes me happy! I can’t wait to give this a try it looks so delicious!