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It never fails: We survive Christmas, but once it’s over, the thought of many more weeks of winter is just a downer. But then my husband (the cook in our house) gets out the slowcooker recipes, and I know everything is going to be just fine. Talk about a reason to love winter! There’s nothing better than a cooked-all-day stew or soup to take the edge of the winter cold. (And whether or not old Phil sees his shadow this year, I suspect much of the country is in for a longer-than-average cold season).
Just this week, we had the most delicious beef stew I’ve ever tasted, based on Emeril’s recipe. We skipped the peas and forgot the parsley, but as you can see from the picture, it was mouthwateringly delicious. We used the leftover stew meat to make shredded beef taco meat in the slow cooker — scrumptious!
Another great recipe we recently had was Sweet Baby Ray’s Crockpot Chicken. The chicken was so tender you could cut it with a fork, and the flavor was amazing. We used frozen chicken breasts; you can just drop them in the slow cooker with the other ingredients. It was very easy and smelled great all day. Slowcooker recipes are designed to be easy at the end: You do all the prep up front, and then you get to just sit and enjoy the meal.
My favorite slow cooker recipe is one I got from my mother-in-law. I don’t typically like roast, and even in this recipe I skip the carrots, but I have never found another recipe that makes a moister, more delicious pot roast. It’s a perfect meal on a cold winter night.
Crock Pot Roast
- 1 beef roast, 2-4 lbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 c water
- 4 tbsp. flour
- 1 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
- 4-6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
- 2-4 carrots (optional), halved and then quartered lengthwise
Sear both sides of roast in hot fry pan (in veggie oil). Place roast in slow cooker, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make a paste of flour and cold water; stir in Kitchen Bouquet and spread over roast. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
The next recipe we plan to try is Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Do you have any great slowcooker recipes to share?