…my crockpot! Wondrous invention.
This morning I headed down to Temec to enjoy some last-minute grocery shopping on what must surely be the busiest grocery-shopping day of the year. I figured that after a day spent searching for parking spaces and standing in long lines I probably wouldn’t feel much like cooking, so before I left I put a beef brisket in in the toaster oven, broiled it on both sides, then plunked it into the crockpot with an onion (sliced), three cloves of garlic (minced), and about half a jar of Claim Jumper barbecue sauce (heavenly!).
When I returned home this afternoon the savory aroma of barbecue sauce and brisket filled the kitchen. I’d picked up some fresh-baked sourdough rolls from the bakery in Temec to round out the meal…and my work is done.
Man, I love my crockpot. :^)
I made a crockpot meal the other day. I browned both sides of the roast on the stove then thew it and a sliced onion, a handful of garlic, 1/2 cup of beef broth, a quartered potato, and about seven dashes of hot sauce.
It was wondermous.
Mmmm…we had chicken and dumplings the other day – lord, the broth from that is fantabulous! It’s so rich and thick it solidifies as it cools but when heated up it’s good eating even without the addition of the chicken or dumplings. 🙂
We make drop dumplings here rather than cutting them in strips, so they come out very light instead of heavy. Half of the dumplings dissolve into the broth as we are letting them cook, which is what gives the broth its thickness. Add in the chicken and ooooo….talk about bringing back memories.
I almost wish we’d waited and had them tonight instead now that the cold front has moved through – nothing like chicken and dumplings in chilly weather!
Aron — sounds yummy…all but the hot sauce part. ;^)
Now and then in high summer I like to pick a bunch of whatever’s ripe in the garden–tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, stringbeans, onions, garlic, oregano, basil — and put them in the crockpot with a nice roast, a couple of bay leaves, some coarse-ground black pepper and sea salt, and just let the flavors cook together all day. Yum!
Jera — I *love* chicken and dumplings! And I’m with you, I prefer the biscuity dumplings to the more noodly ones. I’ve never thought of making it in a crockpot, though. Hmm……