My crockpot and I have a love/hate relationship. I love that I can stick stuff in it, forget about it and 6 – 8 hours later, dinner is ready. I hate that everything I cook in it tastes like it was cooked in a crockpot, like it was thrown in and left alone for 6 – 8 hours. I’ve tried just about every crockpot cookbook out there. Of all the recipes I’ve tried, I continue to go back to Stephanie Odea’s website, A Year of Slow Cooking. She has a new book, 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, coming out in September and I’ve pre-ordered mine.
This morning I said to myself . . I am going to make the crockpot work! I am going to cook good food in it. I am going to fix meals that don’t taste like they came out of the crockpot! I need to do this because:
- It doesn’t heat up the kitchen so much. I don’t stick my crockpot on the porch because there’s a constant 90 mile per hour dusty wind blowing here and I know dirt would get in our food. Besides, some rocket scientist put the electric plugs on my porch in the ceiling and I can’t reach them!
- There’s so much yard work to be done in the evenings. I don’t have time to get the cooking done and the kitchen cleaned and not only do I not have time, but I run out of energy and would be perfectly happy to have a bowl of Blue Bell ice cream . . any flavor but chocolate . . for dinner. That wouldn’t go over so well around here.
- While I don’t want to leave dirty pots and pans on the stove, I don’t mind running water in the crockpot and leaving it sitting overnight. I know . . there are plastic liners . . not going to buy those!
Hmm . . what to cook for this debut dinner in the crockpot that doesn’t taste like dinner from the crockpot! One thing for sure . . every meal we have these days includes carrots, potatoes and garlic . . thanks to the garden.
There is no telling how many potatoes are out there. Good thing we love them.
There was a thick round steak so I cut it up, seasoned it and browned it. Maybe the browning before it goes into the crockpot will help things taste better.
Then I carmelized the onions, along with the garlic.
Then I put the meat in the crockpot, along with the onions, carrots, and potatoes. I browned the potatoes a bit too. Maybe that will help.
Seems like most every recipe has Cream of Mushroom soup but I accidentally opened a can of Cream of Chicken with Herbs instead of Cream of Mushroom so . . Cream of Chicken with Herbs it is . . along with a packet of onion soup mix . . that’s usually in the recipes too, right?
But while grabbing a jar of mayo out of the pantry for the chicken salad for lunch, I saw a can of Rotel tomatoes. Throw that in there too!
Dump it in the crockpot, put the lid on and go sew!
Sounds good . . I’ll let you know how it tastes.