Crock Pot Turkey Breast and Finding Courage to Love

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued an historic document that started with the following words:

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.

The Proclamation continues:

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

President Lincoln has set the day apart for us by making it a National Holiday – great! But he also requested that we observe it, and how do we do that? By eating lots of turkey and stuffing – not the turkey but our own bellies! –  with “the blessing of fruitful fields? Somehow I doubt that this is what he had in mind. Among other news reports today, I heard two that stuck in my mind as a sheer stark contrast.

A young man ambushed, shot, and killed a police officer in San Antonio, Texas. When arrested, he said, “I am sorry.” He then explained that he was angry after a child custody hearing. He was mad at a judge who ruled not in his favor, and so he “took it out on those who didn’t deserve it.” Are you getting it? It was definitely premeditated murder; he killed a man, an officer of law, and all he could say was “sorry”? It left me speechless, but fortunately, this outrage was immediately followed by a story about a waiter who received a $750 tip on a bill of a little over $120 with a note “Hopefully, you can get back to Ireland for the holidays.” A random act of kindness committed in Houston, Texas, has spread waves of goodness and love across the world.

Granted, not everyone can spare this much money, but how many opportunities do we encounter every day to do something for others without a great expense? We are all His children, which means that we are all brothers (well, some of us are sisters), and to show our gratitude to our Father, don’t we have to demonstrate that we have learned and are implementing His values: love, goodness, kindness to our fellow human beings and to the rest of His creations?

Please take a few minutes to listen to a renown psychologist and a captivating speaker Dr Leo Buscaglia. Hopefully, it will help you get into the spirit of Thanksgiving!

Whether you are cooking a turkey or a Tofurky, the message of this holiday is the same: to give thanks for our bounty, physical and spiritual,  by sharing it with others and having the courage to do it in a myriad of different ways.

This is a recipe for a stuffed turkey breast, rather than a traditional whole turkey. You can use the same combination of flavorings and the same stuffing for a whole turkey, but you’ll have to brine it, bake it in the oven, and baste it. All this is avoided by using a crock pot, especially since we don’t really stuff ourselves with turkey, what’s with all the other goodies on the table! It does look and smell heavenly, though, as befitting this holiday.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (3 – 4 lb)
  • 1/4 cup softened Smart Balance or any other NOT butter
  • 1/4 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 – 4 large garlic cloves, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
  • 2 -3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 – 3 sprigs of sage

PROCEDURE

  • Fill turkey breast cavity with stuffing (for recipe, please click here).
  • Combine the rest of ingredients, except thyme and sage, mix well.
  • Place turkey breast into crock pot, brush with mixture.  Arrange thyme and sage sprigs on top.
  • Cover crock pot, cook until tender (4 – 6 hours on high, 8 – 10 hours on low).

Have a very happy Thanksgiving – enjoy!

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36 Comments Add yours

  1. Sumith Babu says:

    Happy thanks giving Dolly. Loved the read and the recipe.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sumith! You are so kind!

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  2. Thank you for sharing the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Eye opening. :o)

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    1. Thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  3. This looks very delicious 🙂

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    1. Thank you – I am glad you like it!

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  4. lilyandardbeg says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    I’m really lucky: I’m surrounded by kind and wise people-and it makes it easy to try and be good as well 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Thanksgiving has a special meaning for me. I’ll explain in my next post. As to being good, existence precedes essence – do good, and you’ll be good, and you certainly are!

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  5. very nice story, but you got me at crock pot turkey 🙂

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    1. Thank you, and why not? I love crock pot cooking and baking. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  6. I love crock pot meals… this recipe sounds delicious!

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    1. Thank you – glad you like it!

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  7. Wise words and lovely recipe. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Ronit!

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  8. Can i give any UP recipi

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    1. You can do anything you want, dear!

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      1. पालक पनीर :-

        250ग्रामपालक को उबालकर टमाटर के साथ मिक्सी में पेस्ट बनाएं । तेल अच्छा गर्म कर, 2लहसुन कीकली व हरी मिर्च , हल्दी , व लालमिर्च भूनें े।
        हल्का सा भूनकर, पालक व टमाटर का पेस्ट भी मिला दे।फिर बॉयल करें।
        जब बॉयल होने लगे तो गैस धीमी कर पनीर मिला दें।5मिनट बाद तैयार है।

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      2. Sweetheart, my computer refuses to translate your comment – I am sorry! Can you do it in English?

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      3. Take some 250gm spinach and boil.mix with
        4and5tomatoes and grind.

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      4. Take 250gmboiled spinach

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      5. Take some spinach and boil and mix with tomatoes in a grinder.2pièces of garlic andgreen chilli,1/2spoon termric, fry in oil. Mix some salt,according to taste,andmix the paste of
        Spinach and tomatoes. Boil it. After 2m,dish is ready.PALAK PANIR.

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      6. Sounds great – thank you very much!

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  9. I will be thanking G-d for ALL my many blessings!!
    A crock pot turkey breast?? Sheer genius, my friend!

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    1. Thank you! Actually, it’s sheer laziness – to avoid bending down to the oven to baste the blasted bird!

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      1. LOL!! Happy Thanksgiving, Dolly!

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      2. And to you and yours, dear!

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  10. george-b says:

    Happy Thanksgiving dear!

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    1. Thank you so much – the same to you and yours!

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      1. george-b says:

        Thanks, and to the entire world…giving thanks. Too bad my yoga class is been posponed! (Just kidding)

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      2. Oh well, you can always do your yoga at home – I do that, even though it’s not as much fun without a group.

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      3. george-b says:

        Not by gar that much conducive indeed! 🙂

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  11. I’ve never cooked Turkey breast in a crock pot before. Great idea. Thanks Dolly.

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    1. Thank you so much, Myra! It came from laziness: got tired of bending down into the oven and basting the turkey.

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