Turkey Provençal ‘Slow Cooker Friday’


Isn’t it time for another lazy day recipe? Well, maybe not lazy, but for when you’re tired (or you know you’re going to be tired) and just want something simple, that waits for you when you come how after a long day at work. Lately it’s already dark by the time you get out of work and I am feeling tired. I still think we were supposed to hibernate, just like bears and those other smart creatures (I tell you , they got it right), but asides from daylight saving time, there isn’t a whole lot of support of this idea 😉 (Just imagine though, wouldn’t it be great? fireplace, bowl of soup and long naps all winter… 🙂

Well since that is not happening anytime soon, I will keep making tasty slow cooker recipes for my Fridays. This one has a bit of international flair, olives, tomatoes and rosemary, evoking summer sun and abundance while the white wine rounds out the flavors.



  • 1 turkey leg, boneless
  • 4 plum tomatoes chopped (or one 14oz can)
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped (including leaves)
  • 1 cup diced winter squash (such as butternut, kabocha, buttercup)
  • 1/4 cup black or green olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary leaves
  • 1 tbsp basting oil
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 bay leaf
Note: If you got enough turkey in your near future, you could also make this with pork, like a piece of pork shoulder


  1. Dice tomatoes (or open can, if using canned) place in the bottom of the slow cooker insert, add diced celery and bay leaf.
  2. Place turkey atop the vegetables, adding the olives, mustard, rosemary and basting oil over top
  3. In a zip top bag, toss the diced onions with the flour until coated, then cook in a skillet over medium heat until softened and lightly browned. Add wine and scrape up any browned bits, stirring to dissolve the flour. Pour over turkey in slow cooker insert.
  4. Add the pieces of winter squash (if you are going to be home, you can also add these half way through cooking, if you prefer to have the squash hold it’s shape)
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (after 6 the meat will still hold its form, after 8 it will fall apart)
  6. Serve by itself or with polenta or rice as a side

If the tomatoes are very juicy and the dish seems to watery, mix 1 tbsp flour with about 3 tablespoons cold water and slowly stir into the slow cooker dish, cooking until the sauce thickens.

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