Mary Kendall of Appleton, Wisconsin relied on this slow cooker recipe at Thanksgiving when there was no room in her oven to bake stuffing. "The results were fantastic-very moist and flavorful," she relates. "Even family members who don't usually eat stuffing had some. There were no leftovers."
As a newlywed, I didn't know much about roasting a turkey. Then our pastor, an excellent cook, told me about barding - placing or tying bacon on the turkey to prevent drying during roasting. The fat bastes the turkey while it cooks, keeping it moist and adding flavor.
Being from California, my family has always been big veggie eaters. I wanted to share a little taste of home with my in-laws so I created this dish for Thanksgiving. You don't have to let it sit overnight, but it's a nice make-ahead option and the flavors mesh more that way. —Patricia Broussard, Lafayette, Louisiana