Ground turkey is a healthy alternative to ground beef that is usually lower in fat and calories, but supplies just as much protein. Often ground turkey is browned in a skillet before adding to recipes or formed into patties to make a turkey burger. But your slow cooker can create a tender and juicy pot of ground turkey that can be added to any number of recipes. A few seasonings and several hours of cooking are all it takes to successfully prepare ground turkey in your slow cooker.
Spray the interior of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
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Place your ground turkey in the slow cooker, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper..
Add the dried parsley, garlic powder and dried oregano.
Cover the slow cooker tightly with the lid, cook it on low heat for three to four hours.
Take the lid off the slow cooker, and gently stir the ground turkey to break it up into bite-sized pieces.
Re-cover the cooker, and cook the ground turkey for three to four more hours.
Remove the ground turkey with a slotted spoon.
Things You'll Need
Nonstick cooking spray
2 lbs. ground turkey
Salt and pepper
2 tsp. dried parsley
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried oregano
Make a ground turkey meatloaf in your slow cooker. Combine the turkey with diced onion, minced garlic, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Place it in the slow cooker and form it into a meatloaf shape. Bake for six to seven hours, and serve with potatoes and vegetables. The same method can be used to make slow cooker turkey burgers. Instead of forming into a meatloaf shape, form into several patty shapes.
Season your ground turkey with other spices, if you desire. Basil, dill, ground mustard or paprika all create flavorful ground turkey.
Add slow-cooked ground turkey instead of ground beef to your favorite recipes, such as stuffed bell peppers, pasta sauces, soup, stew or chili.
Combine ground turkey with barbecue sauce to make a barbecued meat sandwich.
The cooking juices can get very hot, so be careful not to splash them on you when taking the turkey out of the slow cooker.