Pull out the slow cooker and make Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Orange Turkey for dinner. You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to have this delicious dinner.
As much as I love making up recipes of my own, I love to make recipes from magazines and TV. I had been having withdrawals from making recipes from Cooking Light. I always find their recipes to be consistent and delicious. I had recently picked up a copy of their new Slow Cooker Recipe Book. I had turned down pages of so many recipes and asked my hubby to pick one for dinner. He picked Sweet & Spicy Satsuma Turkey. It sounded fantastic to me I just wasn’t sure I could find all the ingredients.
As it turned out, I could not find Satsuma oranges or tamarind paste at my local grocery store. Time to substitute and bring my own spin to the dish. I bought some clementines and had pomegranate molasses at home. I was all set. I had never cooked only the turkey thigh. I had always cooked either a whole turkey or turkey breast. Where have I been? They are going to go into heavy rotation in our house. They were so good. I often find chicken gets to dry in the slow cooker but the turkey was moist and succulent. In the words of my daughter who ate three helpings “Wowzer”. This recipe is fantastic. I can think of so many variations for this dish. Hoisin sauce or oyster sauce would be great in place of the tamarind paste or pomegranate molasses. Pears would work well instead of oranges. The possibilities are endless with this recipe.
We actually ate this meal two nights in a row and I had a little leftover for lunch. I had it because my husband forgot to take it for lunch. What a lucky day that was. It was one of the best lunches I had in a long time. Just thinking about this dish again is making my mouth water. Yes it really was that good. I don’t always like slow cooker meals. They are often lacking in flavor and watery. This dish was perfect. The consistency of the sauce was smooth and had some body to it. The fresh green onions on top were a nice compliment to the slow cooked food. You have to make this. I bet it will go into heavy rotation at your house too.
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