Category Archives: Crocking

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White Bean & Chicken Stew

White Bean Stew
White Bean Stew

I haven’t crocked as much as I should, since receiving a dutch oven… hard to say, but enjoy that one too. Wish we could have a ménage à trois w/ me, crock & dutch oven – damn, that is so sexy. Ok, done with the dream sequence (keep going if you aren’t finished).

Here is a quick & easy white bean stew (still haven’t matched the dutch oven version I did a bit ago, dammit).

Fixin’s:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (more if you like the heat)
1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans (white beans)
1 cup canned chicken broth
1 7-ounce can diced green chilies
2 handfuls of cut up kale
1 cup Chopped fresh cilantro (throw on top at end)

White Bean Stew #2
White Bean Stew #2

Make it happen:

  • throw chicken in crock
  • saute onion & garlic & put on top of chicken
  • mix cumin, oregano, red pepper, chilies & chic broth together then pour over
  • add the beans & kale at half way mark (4hrs) if possible

Cook:

  • Set crock to 8 hrs
  • as mentioned add beans/greens @ 4hr mark if possible – you don’t want that shit soggy!

Done:

  • Put some diced up cilantro on top of that delicious dish!

End result was quite pleasing. Although, if I had it to do again – would love to cook whole chicken a day ahead & then add 1/2 the chicken meat to crock at the 4hr mark – seems like a lot of work, screw that.

White Bean Side Dish
White Bean Side Dish

For a side dish, I made baked soy sauce brussels sprouts w/ pine nuts – I love greens (yum, btw). For your info – I was the weird kid that took leftover spinach at school lunch. Remember that odd pizza with the cornmeal at the bottom – loved it!

Crock out, P.

#chicken, #crock, #brussel, #schoolpizza

Asian Sriracha Rubbed Turkey

brine
Breast/Legs in the Brine

Hope you all had a wonderful T-day. Saw a post a couple days before thanksgiving & got the bright idea that I needed to make it my own & try to do so in the crock. This recipe called for dish to be baked in the oven of course & so there is always the chance it just might not turn out as stellar in slow cooker.

First – needed to find a 8lb turkey…impossible. I forgot that these turkeys now are frakenturkeys & could wrestle Godzilla to the ground. So, went for a large breast & couple legs – thats right I sound like some kind of turkey perv. The whole point of the crock was that dinner would be asian themed (except for the stuffing) & turkey was rubbed w/ that fantastic Sriracha sauce. Quite a bit of work all in all, but well worth the trouble.

So here it goes:

  • 4lb. turkey breast & 2 1lb. turkey legs, thawed and brined (see below – is done before cooking!)
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Sriracha chile sauce
  • 2 tblsp ground ginger
  • 2 tblsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 3-4 stalks lemongrass (cut in matchsticks)
  • 1 bunch scallions (diced up)
  • 1 tblsp minced ginger
Pre-Cook in Crock

Dry the turkey w/ paper towels after pulling out of the brine.
Mix the mayonnaise, sriracha, ginger & garlic powder together & then rub the mixture all over the turkey.
Place the breast/legs in crock & sprinkle the meat w/ pepper, basil, lemongrass & scallions. Note: added some of the solid bits from the brine & added that on top also.
Set on LOW for 8hrs.

About the brine:

  • 4+ cups water
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 16 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 whole star anise pods
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 6 green onions, diced
  • 5 dried shitake mushrooms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped up
cutting board
On the Cutting Board

Put all of the ingredient in a large pot & submerge the turkey in for about 10-12hrs. (When submerging, make sure you hold on tight to that great – otherwise you’ll get coated in brine juice)
I drained the brine, but saved some of the solid bits & put over the turkey along w/ other ingredients.

I realize that Paula Dean makes sweet love to a jar of mayo, but I was a tad skeptical slow cooking dish coated in the mayo. The smell alone of this cooking was making me salivate halfway thru the day. Holy. Freakin’. Turkeybits. Crock way exceeded my expectations – the basic flavor of the meat was fantastic & not very spicy at all (was expecting a a bit more kick).

The white meat turned out quite moist & stayed for quite some time w/o drying out. Leg meat, as my son put it – this borders on weird sounding coming from your kid – “orgasmic”. I guess this kinda sums the review of the meat.

The Plate of Goodness

Oh yeah, the sides – did asian themed mashed potatoes & classic stuffing.

Lao Nai Yang Yu (Chinese Spicy Mashed Potatoes) – these were super good, I’d make these again even not on T-day. Potatoes were quite spicy, so next time making them I’d pull back on the chili paste a bit.

Classic Stuffing – this is always my fav side dish on t-day, loves me some stuffing. Had never made stuffing from scratch & this really couldn’t have been easier & I have to say, gives my folks oyster stuffing a run for best in class. Made a bit of turkey gravy to drizzle (ok, drown) over stuffing – you can’t have stuffing w/o gravy on top dammit!

This whole meal was amazing & I wish I could have shared w/ few more people to confirm how damn tasty meat was. Will need something pretty spectacular for Xmas to kick this holiday feast off the pedestal.

Until next time…

Beef Stew

beef stew
Beef Stew

Well, nothing goes better with watching zombies/people get their heads bashed in than beef stew! The stew kinda looked like a mixture of brainmeatcarnage…

Haven’t gotten to the posts for a bit & that is not good for me or you all.

This is way simple & only takes a handful of ingredients – I thought this crock wouldn’t be that great cause there were so few items, but once again the crock did not disappoint.

Here goes:

  • 1 lb stew meat (bottom round)
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 can drained diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 2 potatoes (1 in cubed)
  • 1/2 tblsp oregano
  • 1/2 tblsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Throw it all in & set on low for 8hrs. Remove the bay leaves & cinnamon stick before serving.

Was surprised by how much the red pepper flakes made this spicy, but the cinnamon stick mellowed it out. Made this w/o flour (a lot of the recipes call for adding flour, but wanted to see how this turned out sans the thick flour stuff).

Served this fantastic stew w/ a nice crusty sourdough baguette & that proved to be a huge plus for dipping. Who the hell doesn’t like dipping something in something.