Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Kalua Turkey Not-in-the-Pit #2 Made in a Crock Pot, Slow Cooker baby

Crock Pot Cooking - slow but set it and forget it
As promised I am going to share a crock pot version of the kalua turkey recipe. Sure this is being posted on Christmas morning and dinner is but 8 or 10 hours away, even better if you live on the west coast, there's still plenty of time for you to whip up a batch of Hawaiian Style Kalua Turkey, you just need some turkey and a crock pot as it only takes fours hours and once you get it in the pot and plug it in, you can do other stuff, this is just way too simple.

This year I bought myself a very small 3-quart crock pot. Why? Well, why not. It looked cool with the black and white design I've not seen on other crock pots and it was only $11 brand spanking new! Although we have a small family and I love to cook and I no longer live in Hawaii, I seem to always want the flavors of home. So in this case, if you have at least a 6 quart crock pot, I would recommend this recipe for the regular larger size crock pot. I think the one I have is too small, although you could always reduce the amount of turkey breast to make this, but then again if something is going to take 4-hours; I might as well make more and freeze it for another time. I made some potato and corn chowder the other week with my baby crock pot and it was filled to the rim with what I thought was a small recipe. I’m so used to eating and cooking for lots of people like my parents did that it’s a challenge for me to cook for myself as my family have taste buds that are not of the Hawaii flair.

That said, this blog helps me live out my life of cooking for others and sharing some of the experiences of home.

This recipe comes from Pikake21 at Food dot com, it looks like the typical kalua pig and cabbage recipe which is ‘onolicious with hot sticky rice but I would wait to put the cabbage in the last hour before serving not from the beginning as it would make for more texture that I personally prefer in my dish or you could leave the cabbage out completely.

The difference between this version of Kalua Turkey and the imu (underground oven) and the regular oven in my prior post, "Kalua Turkey Not-in-the-pit #1 Kitchen Oven" - is that it will most likely be very wet. The oven versions are cooked with heat and steam and although the meat is moist it's usually not sitting in it's juices like the crock pot version. That said, it's still a tasty version of the pit.

Kalua Turkey without the pit #2 Make it in a crock pot, slow cooker

Ingredients
  • 5 -8 lbs turkey breast
  • 5 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 head shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt and pepper

Directions
  1. Place turkey in crockpot and cover half-way with water.
  2. Add seasonings then cook until tender and falling off the bone.
  3. Remove meat from bones and place meat in crock pot with cabbage.
  4. Simmer in crockpot for 4 hours.
Check out my other recipes at: Orlando Cooking Examiner

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