Posts Tagged ‘slow cooker recipes’

The After-Party: Gasparilla Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Pot roast fit for a pirate!

This is big party weekend in Tampa. The pirates take over downtown — protect the women and children! It is Gasparilla, and Tampa celebrates with a parade and glittering balls and krewe parties that go on for days. It is also going to be a cooler weekend weather wise, and this recipe is perfect for the buccaneer who wants to come home to an amazing dinner after enjoying the festivities. It is also great for alcohol absorption. Have fun and be sure to uber if you’re partying.

Ingredients
One 4-pound beef chuck roast, or larger
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for coating
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, put through a garlic press
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine, at least
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped
Method
Sprinkle the roast all over with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper. Coat in flour and shake off excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the roast to the skillet and cook until golden brown on all sides turning as needed. Transfer the roast to the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker, along with the carrots, celery, onions and garlic.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet over medium heat. Add the tomato paste and stir until the oil begins to turn brick-red, about 1 minute. (You have to watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn) Add the flour and wine and whisk with a plastic whisk until thick. Add the beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, allspice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and bring to a simmer, whisking slowly, until the gravy is smooth and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
Pour the gravy over the meat into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. The roast and vegetables will be tender.
Remove the roast and let rest for a few minutes. 9Meat should always rest before cutting — it allows the juices to go into the meat) Discard the thyme stems and strain the vegetables, reserving the gravy. Stir the parsley into the gravy and season with salt and pepper. Slice the roast against the grain. Serve the meat and vegetables buffet style, and serve the remaining gravy on the side. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens

 

Chicken Chili

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili

Sometimes you come across a recipe and you just know it is going to be delicious! We loved it, and decided it would make a super taco filling.

Ingredients

Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 cans (15 oz each) Great Northern beans
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves                                                                                      1/2 cup dry white wine                                                                                               Sour cream and lime wedges, optional

Directions

Spray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. I didn’t have chicken stock so I dissolved one bouillon cube in one cup of water. Place chicken on top of dissolved bouillon cube. Drain beans, pour into slow cooker. Pour in undrained tomatoes, add chopped onion, cumin and oregano; stir to combine.
Cover; cook on LOW 10 hours or on HIGH 4 hours.
Remove chicken and pull into shreds with 2 forks, or if possible take out the thigh bones and pull apart in the slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup dry white wine, stir to combine. Serve chili with sour cream and lime wedges; this adds an elegant finishing touch.

Attribution: ReadySetEat.com

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe

I picked up my son from college today and I wanted to have a nice dinner ready to serve when we got home. This recipe was extremely easy and delicious. It is from the Taste of Home site, which has many wonderful recipes.
 Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe
  • Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Directions

  • Cut brisket in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add mushrooms and bay leaves. Combine the tomatoes, onion, brown sugar, vinegar and ketchup; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove beef and keep warm. Discard bay leaves. In a large saucepan, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir in cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice meat across the grain; serve with gravy. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Editor’s Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.