“I created this dish when I was craving Thanksgiving dinner, and it was still over a month away. You get all the bells and whistles of Thanksgiving dinner in no time, Add a vegetable, some mashed potatoes and you’re ready to eat.” —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
Place turkey in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add thyme and dot with butter. Combine cranberry sauce, cider, stock, soup mix, syrup and Worcestershire; pour over turkey. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in turkey reads at least 165°). Remove turkey and keep warm.
Transfer cooking juices to a large saucepan; discard thyme sprigs. Combine the flour and water until smooth. Bring cranberry mixture to a boil; gradually stir in flour mixture until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Slice turkey; serve with cranberry sauce.