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Do A One-Pot Approach This Thanksgiving With This Garlic & Sage Turkey Recipe

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Garlic and Sage Turkey Breast with Green Beans
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Downsizing Thanksgiving this year doesn't mean skipping the turkey: It might just mean opting for a simple turkey breast instead of the whole bird. And while you can go with roasting, why not use a one-pot approach to the meat and veggie portion of your feast?

With this simple slow-cooker approach from Rustic Farmhouse Slow Cooker by Alli Kelley, your turkey and green beans both cook in the one pot—cutting down on stress and cleanup. Not only that, but it needs a bit less attention than a turkey in the oven: though Kelley does recommend basting it occasionally, it's not quite as essential in the oven as the slow cook keeps the meat moist.

"First time I made this recipe, my family was very skeptical," she writes. "They thought that only good turkey was the one that came out of the oven! They were happily mistaken, though, and this recipe quickly became an often-requested favorite." If you too look for that golden, slightly crispy, skin and worry the slow-cooking method may not provide that, she's thought of a solution: Just a few minutes under the broiler at the end to give it that lovely golden brown color.

Garlic & Sage Turkey Breast With Green Beans

Serves 4 to 6



  • 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 sprigs sage
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 skin-on turkey breast
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 12 oz. fresh green beans, trimmed


  1. Place the onion, garlic, sage, rosemary, chicken broth and honey in the slow cooker. Season the turkey breast with the salt and pepper. Place the turkey breast in the slow cooker, nestling it into the liquid.
  2. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7 hours. If possible, baste the turkey with the liquid sitting in the bottom of the slow cooker every few hours.
  3. Add the green beans for the last hour of the cooking time, nestling them around the turkey breast.
  4. If you would like crisp skin on the turkey, place it on a sheet tray after it is done cooking and broil it for about 5 minutes, until it is lightly golden brown.

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