I posted a confession last week that resonated with a few people. Yes, I tend to hit those bad places in times of need. This morning, whilst running around on my ONE day off this month, I happened to notice a contraption on sale for a hefty mark down:
Now, I can’t even think of why I did not pick one of these things up before? Am I too haughty as a trained chef to use one? Perhaps seeing the one on my step-mother’s counter held me back on the purchase.
Honestly, I have been working crazy hours, and my wife is not into cooking that much. My reasons for buying the contraption are purely selfish. One tires of hearing, “What’s for supper” when you are knee-deep in the juice at work, and are not coming home for a couple of hours.
This machine is supposed to solve that. The ability to set up the dish the night before, refrigerate it, then toss it into the slow cooker before jaunting off to work is something that is too hard to pass up. At the time of this writing, my house smells of simmering stew, and my belly can hardly take it. It is because of this wonderfulness:
What is the recipe for this? I cannot really claim it as my own, as I am doing a test from the book that came with the crock:
Crock Pot Beef Stew
(Adapted from Crock Pot Smart Pot’s Owner’s Guide)
Serves 2-4 (I halved the recipe)
- 800 grams beef chuck, diced
- 20 grams all-purpose flour
- to taste Kosher salt
- to taste pepper, freshly ground
- 600 mL veal stock
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig thyme
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 2 russet potatoes, cut into 3 cm cubes
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into 1 cm slices
- 2 small onions, small diced
- 2 ribs celery, large diced
- Combine beef with flour, salt and pepper.Make sure you mix well, otherwise your seasoning will suck!
- Place meat into Crock Pot.
- Add stock, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, potatoes, carrot, onions, and celery to the pot; mix everything well.
- Cover and set the timer for 10 hours.
- DO NOT lift the lid while the stew is cooking, even though you are ready to eat your partner from the delicious smell in your home.
So, what I did here is nothing earth-shaking. I just could not do the recipe in the book as written though. I had to add my touch to it, see?
Next time I plan to sear my meat first, with the flour, and try adding some currant jelly to the mix. Just another dimension.
Score: McDick’s Drive-In: 0 Crock Pot: 1
I will post a few recipes in the coming weeks that will show how I come to terms with this cool invention.
What are your favorite Crock Pot recipes?