Doing it's magical crock-pot thing!
Now that crock pot-cooking season is nearing its end, it has been interesting to look back on all that I've cooked in that miracle kitchen appliance. This was my first winter cooking with one and, having used it at least once a week over the last few months, I can't imagine life without it. Here are a few of the all-star recipes we've eaten lately...
- Cuban Pork Shoulder - My husband says this is the best thing that has ever come out of my crock pot. You guys. He isn't kidding. The dry rub is so fragrant and flavorful and then add citrus as the cooking liquid and you have a real winner. We will most definitely make this again. And again. And AGAIN (and it is paleo for those of you following this type of diet).
- Spaghetti Bolognese - Not that spaghetti sauce is difficult to make on the stove top but this just made it possible to throw it all together and forget about it. I browned the beef, though, before tossing it in the slow cooker for some extra flavor.
- Lauren's Crock Pot Beef Stew - Red wine? Anchovy paste? Bacon?! So good. A few more steps than a traditional crock pot beef stew recipe but out of the three or so other beef stew recipes I've made, this one wins... hands down. To get this recipe, though, you must buy the cooking magazine Seasoned but, I promise, with all the other delicious recipes included, it is totally worth it (and the digital download is only $6!).
- Chicken Tiki Masala -We made this over the weekend and it was really good. I could've eaten the cilantro-and-cucumber relish all by itself. So refreshing!
As we transition away from hearty stews and soul-warming bowls of chili to fresh salads and outdoor barbeque, I'll certainly miss your fragrant ways, my slow-cooker friend! Till the weather turns and the leaves fall again... XO.
Because crock-pot meals don't photograph well... I'll leave you with that relish!