Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint

  • 15MINS
  • 3HR 40MINS
  • 519KCAL

Slow cooked moist, juicy turkey and rich gravy that you can leave to simmer away while you get on with other Christmas dinner prep!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories519
  • Carbs25g
  • Protein85g
  • Fat5.2g
  • Saturates1.3g
  • Sugars19g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

It’s a question we get every year from members of our Facebook group: “Can I cook a turkey in the slow cooker?!”. Well, you know we love making things simpler in the kitchen, and this recipe is just what you need for a stress-free Christmas dinner.

Because you pop all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, not only do you free up your oven for Chestnut Stuffing and Cranberry and Pomegranate Sauce, you also get a rich turkey gravy without any dried granules in sight. The gravy is a little bit different as it’s made with redcurrant jelly which adds a little sweetness which goes well with the turkey. Once you’ve tried it this way, you may never go back!

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Slow cooking ensures moist, juicy turkey and you can leave it to simmer away while you get on with opening pressies and fighting over the Christmas chocs!

The turkey is brushed with a sticky redcurrant glaze just before serving and is served surrounded with juicy shallots and tender baby carrots. Super simple, space saving and utterly delicious. Does it get much better than that?

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Take a look at our Christmas category for even more delicious festive recipes.

What diets is this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint suitable for?

Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint is suitable for gluten free and dairy free diets.

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green you need to count 11 Points per portion of this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue you need to count 11 Points per portion of this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple you need to count 11 Points per portion of this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint?

You’ll of course need a slow cooker for this recipe! We used a 6L slow cooker as it needs to be large enough to fit the joint with the lid on secure, and large enough to feed 6. A larger slow cooker is perfect for batch cooking too, you can make a huge batch easily and freeze in individual portions. We wouldn’t be without it!

In the run up to Christmas, all of these ingredients should be really easy to find in the supermarket.

We recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure your meat is thoroughly cooked and to the right temperature.

You’ll also need cooking string that can withstand high temperatures. The string will keep the turkey in shape if there is no netting on the joint already, which means it looks fab when served as a centrepiece to your Christmas dinner!

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How many calories are in this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint?

This Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint is included in our Special Occasion category because it contains 519 calories per portion. These recipes are ideal for dinner parties or occasional treats and it doesn’t get much more special than Christmas, does it?

This Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place the shallots, carrots and garlic in the slow cooker.

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Step 2

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the turkey joint (still in it’s netting or tied with string), and seal and brown on all sides, including the ends, for 3-5 minutes.

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Step 3

Transfer the browned turkey joint to the slow cooker and place on top of the vegetables.

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Step 4

Dissolve the beef stock cube in the boiling water. Mix together the hot beef stock, red wine stockpot, redcurrant jelly, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and tomato puree and stir until dissolved.

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Step 5

Pour the stock mixture into the slow cooker over the turkey and add the fresh thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs and bay leaves.

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Step 6

Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn on to the high setting for 3-3 1/2 hours.

Step 7

After 1 1/2 hours, lift the lid and baste the turkey joint with the cooking liquid. Don’t be tempted to lift the lid any more than this, as each time you do it will extend the cooking time by another 30 minutes. Replace the lid and continue cooking for a further 1 1/2 hours.

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Step 8

After 3 hours, insert a temperature probe into the thickest part of the turkey joint to check that it has reached a high enough temperature to ensure that it is properly cooked. It should read 70ºC for 2 minutes. The juices should run clear, there should be no sign of pinkness and the turkey should be piping hot. If these recommendations are not met, put the lid back on and continue cooking for another 30 minutes, then repeat the checks until you are sure that the turkey is properly cooked.

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Step 9

When you are sure that the turkey is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker using a large slotted spoon, remove the netting or cooking string and place the joint on a warmed serving plate.

Step 10

Carefully remove the shallots and carrots from the slow cooker using a slotted spoon and arrange around the turkey joint. Cover with foil and keep warm while you make the gravy.

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Step 11

To make the gravy, strain the cooking liquid from the slow cooker, through a sieve, into a medium saucepan, discarding the herbs.

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Step 12

Mix the cornflour with the water to form a lump free liquid. Place the saucepan on a medium heat, and stir the cornflour mixture into the cooking liquid. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring well, for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. You can use a little more or less cornflour mixture at this point, depending on how thick you would like your gravy. Taste the gravy and season with salt and pepper if needed. 

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For the glaze

Step 13

Place the redcurrant jelly and mustard in a small saucepan and warm through until just melted, stirring until smooth. Brush over the turkey just before serving and garnish the plate with a few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary.

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Step 14

Pour the gravy into a jug or gravy boat and serve at once with the turkey joint and vegetable garnish.

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How do you know when this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint is cooked?

You should cook this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint until the turkey is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. This will take around 3 hours, but may take longer depending on the size of your joint and if you lift the lid during cooking (don’t be tempted to lift the lid multiple times, as each time you do it will extend the cooking time by another 30 minutes!).

The juices should run clear, there should be no sign of pinkness and the turkey should be piping hot. If these recommendations are not met, put the lid back on and continue cooking for another 30 minutes, then repeat the checks until you are sure that the turkey is properly cooked.

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint in the fridge?

Make sure that you eat this recipe within 4 hours of serving it.

If you have any leftovers, then make sure that you allow them to cool within 90 minutes of cooking before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. Leftovers of this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint can be kept in the fridge for around 2 days.

Can I freeze this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint?

YES you can freeze this recipe! If you do, then remember to do the following:

  • Allow it to cool and then freeze as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Place in an airtight container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Add a label with the recipe name and what date you froze it (no one likes mystery meat!)

How do I reheat this Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint?

Allow to defrost fully overnight and reheat thoroughly in the microwave for 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint

Slow cooked moist, juicy turkey and rich gravy that you can leave to simmer away while you get on with other Christmas dinner prep!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    3 HR 40
  • KCals 519
  • Carbs 25G
  • WW Points:
  • 11 Green
  • 11 Blue
  • 11 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1.38 kg fresh, boneless turkey breast joint netting left on or tied in shape with cooking string
  • 250 g large shallots peeled and left whole
  • 250 g baby topped carrots unpeeled and small green tops left on
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 1 red wine stockpot
  • 3 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the glaze

  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

To garnish

  • a few extra sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme to garnish

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Instructions

  1. Place the shallots, carrots and garlic in the slow cooker.
  2. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the turkey joint (still in it's netting or tied with string), and seal and brown on all sides, including the ends, for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the browned turkey joint to the slow cooker and place on top of the vegetables.
  4. Dissolve the beef stock cube in the boiling water. Mix together the hot beef stock, red wine stockpot, redcurrant jelly, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and tomato puree and stir until dissolved.
  5. Pour the stock mixture into the slow cooker over the turkey and add the fresh thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs and bay leaves.
  6. Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn on to the high setting for 3-3 1/2 hours.
  7. After 1 1/2 hours, lift the lid and baste the turkey joint with the cooking liquid. Don't be tempted to lift the lid any more than this, as each time you do it will extend the cooking time by another 30 minutes. Replace the lid and continue cooking for a further 1 1/2 hours.
  8. After 3 hours, insert a temperature probe into the thickest part of the turkey joint to check that it has reached a high enough temperature to ensure that it is properly cooked. It should read 70ºC for 2 minutes. The juices should run clear, there should be no sign of pinkness and the turkey should be piping hot. If these recommendations are not met, put the lid back on and continue cooking for another 30 minutes, then repeat the checks until you are sure that the turkey is properly cooked.
  9. When you are sure that the turkey is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker using a large slotted spoon, remove the netting or cooking string and place the joint on a warmed serving plate.
  10. Carefully remove the shallots and carrots from the slow cooker using a slotted spoon and arrange around the turkey joint. Cover with foil and keep warm while you make the gravy.
  11. To make the gravy, strain the cooking liquid from the slow cooker, through a sieve, into a medium saucepan, discarding the herbs.
  12. Mix the cornflour with the water to form a lump free liquid. Place the saucepan on a medium heat, and stir the cornflour mixture into the cooking liquid. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring well, for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. You can use a little more or less cornflour mixture at this point, depending on how thick you would like your gravy. Taste the gravy and season with salt and pepper if needed. 
For the glaze
  1. Place the redcurrant jelly and mustard in a small saucepan and warm through until just melted, stirring until smooth. Brush over the turkey just before serving and garnish the plate with a few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary.
  2. Pour the gravy into a jug or gravy boat and serve at once with the turkey joint and vegetable garnish.

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Recipe notes

Tip: If preferred, you could use a fresh turkey crown of the same weight. Just make sure that it reaches 70º C at the thickest part for 2 minutes. The juices should run clear, there should be no sign of pinkness and the turkey should be piping hot throughout.
Tip: If your turkey joint or crown is lighter or heavier than the one stated in this recipe, you will need to reduce or increase the cooking time accordingly and follow the food safety recommendations stated above.
Tip: You could use 2 tbsp of red wine instead of the red wine stockpot to make this recipe a little more special, if you wish, but it would increase the calories in the dish.

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AilisFriday 13th November 2020

Can this be done using a turkey crown or full turkey? If so, do I adjust the time and by how much?

Many thanks

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    SharonFriday 13th November 2020

    Hi Ailis,
    this recipe is only suitable for a turkey joint or turkey crown of a similar weight to the one stated in the recipe. If your joint or crown is lighter or heavier than 1.38 kg, you will need to adjust the timings slightly. We have used a turkey joint as whole turkeys do not fit in the average slow cooker.
    It is important that you follow the follow the following food safety recommendations: use a temperature probe inserted into the thickest part of the turkey joint to check that it has reached a high enough temperature to ensure that it is properly cooked.
    It should read 70ºC for 2 minutes.
    The juices should run clear, there should be no sign of pinkness and the turkey should be piping hot.
    If these recommendations are not met, put the lid back on and continue cooking for another 30 minutes, then repeat the checks until you are sure that the turkey is properly cooked.
    Thanks for your question and hope this helps.

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