Since it’s all about the love, I am making something yummy that completely compliments our Valentine’s Day table spread. This year Valentine’s Day falls during the week, so I wanted to make something that would be rather simple and ready to go after school and work, but it needs to be special too! This recipe is so delicious and quick to make that you’ll want it during many other times of the year. Slow cooker Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin recipe incorporates a wonderful cranberry glaze that adds a sweet flavor to the turkey and looks so pretty on our Valentine’s inspired table.
Of course red is a great color for Valentine’s Day, so cranberries came to mind when I was trying to think of something special to make for a mid-week Valentine menu. I had to consider what type of meat might work with these fabulous little berries and turkey came to mind. There’s nothing terribly complicated about this recipe, but I do love the color and flavor that it presents, and the best part is it’s a convenient go-to for a special date night in. This week I will be sharing the dessert for this Valentines day dinner for two and Emily will also be sharing the cute tablescape she made and the thoughtful crafts to make this date night in happen. This is the first Our house now a home collaboration with my cooking and Emily’s decorating. It was a lot of fun!
How it’s made:
Preparing the meat:
First, you’re going to want to brown the meat. Pat it dry with paper towels and season the tenderloin with your favorite seasoning and pepper. This is what I used:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to a skillet, heat the skillet on medium heat and cook the tenderloin for about one minute on each side.
Preparing the cranberry sauce:
You can always make your own cranberry sauce, which I love to do, but for the sake of time and convenience, I used the canned variety.
1 can cranberry sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp orange zest
Mix 3/4 of the cranberry sauce, orange juice, cinnamon and orange zest in a small bowl until well combined. You’ll be reserving the remaining cranberry sauce for serving time.
Put it all in the Crock-pot
Put tenderloin in the Crock-pot after browning all sides. Pour cranberry mixture over the top of tenderloin. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, until meat is thoroughly cooked through. Remove and place on a platter. Top with remaining cranberry sauce for a beautiful presentation.
The side dishes:
So I wanted something fun to go along with this recipe and decided to make rice and a veggie. The big question now; how can I make a vegetable into something romantic? Artichoke hearts? Too obvious…Sweet potatoes? Not this time…Heart shaped carrots? Okay! Let’s do that. It’s really easy and you can add them to the Crock-pot if you want to or sauté with butter for a quick 10 minutes. I got these little guys ready the night before. No problem. Just take a nice big carrot, cut a V-shaped wedge into the top and use a vegetable peeler to smooth and shape your heart. The effect is just so cute. Add a little wild rice and we are ready to go.
A really tasty way to make a fast Crock-pot meal. Cranberry is just the right ingredient to turn this into something special.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- pepper to taste
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
Pat turkey dry with paper towels, season with Italian seasoning and pepper and brown the meat in a skillet. Put tenderloin in the Crock-pot after browning all sides.
Mix 3/4 of the cranberry sauce, orange juice, cinnamon and orange zest in a small bowl until well combined. You'll be reserving the remaining cranberry sauce for serving time.
Pour cranberry mixture over the top of tenderloin.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, until meat is thoroughly cooked through.
Remove and place on a platter. Top with remaining cranberry sauce for a beautiful presentation.
I hope that you enjoy this Slow cooker Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin recipe and have a fabulous Valentine’s Day. Enjoy time with your loved ones!