This is an easy holiday or weekend dinner! Easy, Moist Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy is a great way to free up oven space on Thanksgiving and it's ready in 4 hours! The gravy is absolutely delicious and smooth! The onion steams inside the breast giving it a wonderful flavor when mixed with the olive oil and natural turkey flavor.
Remove turkey neck or bag from chest cavity. Add whole, peeled onion into the chest cavity. Place the turkey breast on its side (as it will fit better in the slow cooker with the lid on it.) Sprinkle pepper and garlic powder on top and pour extra virgin olive oil on top of skin. It's o.k. when it runs off into the water. Cover with lid and set on high setting. Cook covered on high for 4 hours.
Insert a meat thermometer in the breast as far down as it will go into the meat. It should be 165F or higher. Remove and reserve the turkey drippings from the slow cooker. You should have about two cups. If not, add some water until you reach two cups.
Remove top rack of oven and preheat oven to broil setting (500F.) Put the turkey breast into a baking dish and rub about 1 tbsp of butter on the skin just to coat it a bit for browning. Sprinkle smoked paprika on the skin.
Place the baking dish on the lowest oven rack position so that the breast is at least 4-5 inches away from the heat. Broil for 5 minutes. The skin will sizzle a bit and that's o.k. Do not let it blacken too much. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before cutting. Transport in an insulated slow cooker carrier to keep warm and avoid spills.
In a medium sauce pan on medium/high heat, add butter and flour and stir to form a roux. When the butter has melted, add the two cups of turkey drippings an stir it for about 30 seconds to one minute. Turn off heat when it's heated through.
How to Serve Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy:
You may serve the turkey sliced with gravy in a gravy bowl.
You may pull all of the turkey breast meat away from the bones and put it back into the slow cooker. Pour the gravy on top and put it on the warm setting. You may serve it as it or with bread rolls to make sandwiches.
Store the leftover turkey with or without gravy covered in refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
What Do I do with the Turkey Carcass?
Boil it in 8 cups of water to make turkey stock and freeze the turkey stock to make soup or nearly any recipe that calls for chicken stock.
Freeze it- Put it in a freezer bag and freeze the bone to boil later to make turkey stock.
What Do I do with the Turkey bag I Found in the Turkey Chest Cavity?
You can make gravy with the neck but, do not give any of the bones to dogs. They can choke on them. You can trash the neck if you prefer.