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. 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.
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). 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.
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- 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
- 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.
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.
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Wow, We love turkey thighs anytime. This looks delicious and cannot wait to
try this this weekend!
I will try this recipe next time my hubby and I are alone at Thanksgiving!
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!
This looks like a very wholesome dinner that the whole family can enjoy.
This is perfect comfort food and something I would make all year round! Great recipe!
Oh yes, don’t mind the fact I’m in a heat wave in July, we had it for dinner again last week!
perfect and easy recipe, must save for Thanksgivimg!
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!
I am SO with you – dark meat all the way! This is how I make turkey too 🙂
See, now if a rock star like you makes it the same way as me, it is officially the best ever! Haha.
This slow cooker turkey looks so delicious!! Sounds like the perfect comfort food meal! :)Pinning!
Thanks for the pin Neli!
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!
Absolutely my pleasure Dede! I genuinely would eat this all the time if turkey wasn’t so pricy out of season!
What a good idea to use the slow cooker! I must give those candied sweet potatoes a try!
I love slow cooker recipes! Now I am really wanting some turkey LOL!
I know right? So random in July but hey you don’t have to heat up your oven for 6 hours to make it!
Wow I’d love to make this. I always forget about turkey when I’m planning dinners but this would be perfect!
Yup and it is a set it and forget it slow cooker dish!
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!
Yes! And look at the pics, it comes out AMAZING.
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…
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.
This looks really awesome!!
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!
Thanks! I love making people hungry haha.
This looks like such a delicious meal. I love sweet potatoes. I am going to try making this on the weekend.
I hope you love it!
Those sweet potatoes have brought on a serious craving. I love them with brown sugar!
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.
This dish looks so amazing! Looks like it should be for Thanksgiving! Yum!
Yup, except we make it at least once a month. I love turkey in the slow cooker.
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!
Thanks so much! I hope you love it!
This looks like such a great comfort meal! I’ll be adding this to my fall menu plans!
Makes me want to make a thanksgiving feast. Looks so good!
Having it go live today and noticing I have a loaf of stale french bread made me put stuffing on tonight’s menu! haha
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!
That sounds absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family!
Thank you 🙂