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Slow Cooker Turkey Crown. Let’s transform a Bernard Matthews turkey crown into a delicious roast turkey Christmas dinner in the slow cooker. Featuring juicy turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing balls, sprouts, parsnips, and homemade turkey gravy.
If Christmas stresses you out and you want an easy plan b then let me show you how to make a simple roast turkey dinner in the slow cooker and air fryer.
Perfect for Christmas, Sunday roast dinners, Mother’s Day and so much more.
Slow Cooker Turkey Crown
I love a turkey crown, because as a family of five it’s the perfect size for us, plus some leftovers for another day. Plus, it fits perfectly in the slow cooker without the need to turn the oven on.
If you want an easy way to cook turkey without ever worrying that the turkey will be dry, then slow cooker turkey crown is your new best friend.
That is because when you slow cook turkey, it makes it so much more tender and juicier compared to the old school oven method.
You can dump everything into the slow cooker and its like a stress free way to have a roast turkey dinner.
It is also perfect for Christmas, when you want a quick way of cooking everything without feeling like you are being dragged away from the fun.
Kind of think of this slow cooker turkey crown as spending the least time prepping in the kitchen and the most time eating the food.
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Can You Cook A Turkey In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can. Turkey is delicious in a slow cooker and one of the best ways for cooking it, especially if you are not any good at cooking.
It amazes me how many people tell me that they cook turkey in the slow cooker because they don’t like/can’t cook and how it is their lifesaver.
But it needs mentioning, that you can only cook a turkey in the slow cooker if it fits and that is why a turkey crown is ideal.
Can You Cook A Turkey Crown In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can and it’s the most practical type of turkey to slow cook. As you will see from the picture below, a turkey crown perfectly fits in the slow cooker surrounded by vegetables and stuffing balls.
Yet, if you tried it with a whole turkey you would struggle to find one that fits.
Slow Cooker Turkey Recipes UK
This slow cooker turkey recipe is mainly for our UK readers. That is because turkey crown is not a thing elsewhere and some of you reading this, will be wondering what on earth I am talking about.
But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cook it if you are outside of the UK, just buy a bone in turkey breast instead.
Then you can call this either a slow cooker turkey crown or slow cooker turkey breast.
Slow Cooker Turkey Crown In Gravy
Even better, you can make a slow cooker turkey crown in gravy. And not just any gravy, but a hidden veggies gravy.
I do this all the time and it makes a fantastic sauce for your turkey and you can save the leftovers for an instant pot turkey soup or to freeze for a stock for next time you have turkey.
What you do is grab your leftover vegetables that were under your turkey whilst cooking, add a couple of slices of your turkey once cooked, along with some of the stock and load it into a blender.
Then blend until smooth and you have an amazing gravy for serving with your turkey. No need to buy any turkey gravy granules and a great way to add some of your five a day to your dinner.
Slow Cook A Turkey Crown Overnight
Another option with cooking your turkey crown in the slow cooker, is to slow cook a turkey crown overnight.
It follows the exact same principle of this turkey crown recipe, the only difference is you are cooking your turkey crown on low instead of on high.
Instead of putting your turkey crown on after breakfast to be ready for late afternoon, you are putting it on before bed and then its cooked when you wake up in the morning.
You can choose which you prefer, but I always go with the high temp because I can watch my turkey crown and not worry that it will be overcooked.
Never Do This When You Slow Cook A Turkey
One word of warning though is to NEVER EVER slow cook a turkey crown from frozen. It’s a very dangerous way to cook and should never be done.
That is because like chicken, it will not reach a high enough internal temperature to kill off the bad bacteria and can lead to serious food poisoning.
Slow Cooker Turkey Ingredients
Roots – Let’s start with the root vegetables as they are the true hero of the gravy. I like to include onion, potato, celery, and carrot. But you can mix and match.
Turkey – Any turkey crown, or as you might call it a bone in turkey breast. I love a Bernard Matthews turkey crown, but its personal choice or whatever special deal you have found.
Sides – We are also cooking some extra sides in the air fryer and you can do the same or keep it simple with turkey crown, stuffing and gravy. The sides we did was sprouts and parsnips.
Seasoning – For seasoning we used salt, pepper, mixed herbs and oregano.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this slow cooker turkey recipe, it has just been our Crockpot. We have this one and it does an amazing job and is also ideal for sauteing too. Plus, for the frozen sides we used this air fryer.
How To Cook A Turkey Crown In A Slow Cooker?
- Prep. The first step is to peel and dice your vegetables, toss in the seasoning and load into the slow cooker. I recommend a mix of root vegetables as these are the best for blending into a turkey gravy later.
- Butter. Peel back the skin of your turkey crown and fill the skin with butter. Also season the turkey crown and smoother in extra virgin olive oil. Load into the slow cooker over the vegetables.
- Cook. Next let the slow cooker do its magic and partly cook your turkey crown.
- Load. Once the turkey crown is just over halfway cooked add in the gaps your just prepped stuffing balls and you could also include pigs in blankets too if you wanted.
- Finish. Once it has done its 90 minutes, allow it rest for 15-20 minutes whilst the air fryer does the sides. Make the gravy and serve everything together.
Turkey Crown Slow Cooker Times
The slow cooker turkey crown cook time depends on whether you are going high or low:
- For an overnight slow cook of your turkey crown do low for 8 hours
- For a morning slow cook of your turkey crown do high for 4 hours
Slow Cooker Turkey Sides
You can do the same or mix and match it with some others. For example, you could also do:
Slow Cooker Turkey Crown Christmas Dinner
- Peel and dice your root vegetables and potatoes. Load into the slow cooker, along with seasoning, and mix well.
- Prep your turkey crown. Peel back the skin and load it with butter slices. Then smoother with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano, and mixed herbs.
- Place the turkey crown over the vegetables and cook for 2.5 hours on high.
- Whilst the slow cooker is cooking your turkey crown, print out the recipe for air fryer stuffing balls, prep them and put to one side. When the slow cooker has done 2.5 hours add in stuffing balls into the gaps. Then cook for a further 90 minutes.
- When the slow cooker is nearly done print off the frozen sprouts and frozen parsnips recipes and cook them. When the slow cooker is done, remove the turkey crown and allow to rest. Whilst it is resting load the remaining contents of the slow cooker into a blender with a slice of your turkey and blend to make a creamy gravy sauce.
- Serve your turkey crown with sprouts, parsnips, stuffing balls, and gravy.