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!

 

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheryl says:

    The crock pot turkey breast sounds wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Same to you and yours, dear Sheryl, and thank you for stopping by!

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  2. lifelessons says:

    Thanks for that message from Leo Buscaglia, Dolly. Thirry-seven years ago, when I left my job and house and friends in Wyoming to begin a new life in California, I read his book and it was an incredible influence in my life. These words are ones the entire nation needs to hear right now.

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    1. I totally agree! I play his lectures to my students all the time; he is amazing, and his message is powerful.

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      1. lifelessons says:

        I’ve shared the video on my blog along with a link to your blog for your turkey recipe.

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      2. Thank you so much for spreading the word, Judy!

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    1. Thank you so much for linking, Judy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Wonderful recipe and wise words! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Ronit! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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  4. I listened to the video on Judy’s reblog. Thanks very much for putting it in context. It is a superb presentation of a marvellous philosophy

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick

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  5. Awesome write up, Dolly and you are always best at your presentation. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much for a sweet comment, dear Kamal! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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      1. Welcome always dear Dolly

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  6. That sounds good enough for a feast any time of year!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mimi, and it’s just as good for chicken or duck.

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  7. spearfruit says:

    Great story and perfect way to cook a turkey
    Thanks for sharing Dolly.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Gary. How did the surgery go yesterday? How are you doing?

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      1. spearfruit says:

        Dolly, Did a blog on this last night and then posted it. Added alot of humor. Enjoy. More updates to follow as things develop.

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      2. Your fortitude is nothing but amazing, Gary! Left a comment on your post…

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  8. davidyochim says:

    I love turkey! Never made it in a crock pot though. I need to try this sometime.

    Everyday is a day of Thanksgiving to me, therefore I try to pay it forward with random acts of kindness on a regular basis.

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    1. That’s wonderful, and I do the same; in fact, my day starts with a prayer of thanks. I wish more people felt this way, David!

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      1. davidyochim says:

        I am a retired military veteran. I have seen more ugly in the world than I care and it makes me thankful for the life I live today. Therefore, I make it a point to treat everyone I encounter with kindness, respect and dignity. It does not cost me anything to be kind to others.

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      2. I understand exactly what you mean, since I’ve also been through a lot in the old country, fighting for human rights under the communist regime. My grandmother, may she rest in peace, brought me up with the concept of approaching everyone with trust, kindness, and respect, until they prove that they do not deserve such treatment. Then you simply walk away.

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      3. davidyochim says:

        God bless you, are you Russian?

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      4. Even worse – Jewish Russian.

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  9. randyjw says:

    Unique recipe, and looks simply delicious. Have a healthy, happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy the day!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Rachel, and I hope and pray for a happy Thanksgiving for you!

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      1. randyjw says:

        Gobble, gobble! 🙂

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      2. Google, google! LOL 😻

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  10. kelleysdiy says:

    Another wonderful story with my coffee! I am going to make this for sure! Thank you so much for the recipe. I never seem to find really yummy crock pot recipes! Lots of love is being sent to you!

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    1. I used to do everything in a crock pot – from soups to cakes, but now I am gradually switching to Instant Pot, and loving it.
      Thank you so much for a lovely comment, darling!

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  11. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    When your table is groaning under all the holiday goodies, do you really need an entire stuffed bird? In case you don’t, here is my solution to this dilemma, Beautiful People. Enjoy!

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  12. You are so right about stuffing

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick.

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  13. purpleslob says:

    We are having only a breast this year, since DD is coking just for us 5. Then on Sat, we have the full blown dinner with my whole family, and my sisters’ inlaws. Happy Thanksgiving, Dolly!

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    1. Thank you, dear purple person, and the same to you and yours!

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