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).
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)
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
Set crock to 8 hrs
as mentioned add beans/greens @ 4hr mark if possible – you don’t want that shit soggy!
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.
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!
You know when you have the thought – ah, screw it? Should have listened a bit closer to my inner self saying that this was a bad idea. Alas I did not.
Was heading towards these amazing looking steaks & was going to make a “foodie” type of crock & then out of the corner of my eye…hot dogs. Should have known way better, but those damn dogs were calling to me. What kind of crock could be made with those lips & butthole tubes?
Then got idea that could go beyond the lowly pork & beans with cut up wieners & give this bastard a leg up.
2 cans vegetarian beans in tomato sauce (didn’t want that nasty/delicious pork slab)
1 can great northern beans (washed & drained)
1 can black beans (washed & drained)
1/3 cup bbq sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 diced onion
1 diced green pepper
4 slices pre-cooked bacon diced up
160z package Hebrew National Beef Dogs (cut up in 2 inch sections)
1 tblsp pepper
Cook that nasty up:
Um, throw it all in the cooker & set on LOW for 6hrs
Really did kinda smell excellent. But, I’d ate a full plate of serious nachos washed down with some Fremont IPA a couple hrs before dinner – had to let the stuff simmer for a bit…did not look appealing.
End result: didn’t turn out too terrible bad, but don’t think I’ll go down the wiener with bean road again. (Think the pictures kind of tell the story – sorry for awful picts btw). This dish was also a good $20.00 less than what I had in mind – hence the saying “You get what you pay for.”
Next time I’m going to do Seattle Dog crock – package of hot dogs & package of cream cheese & call it good!
Rock out with your wiener out. Couldn’t help that one.
PS – there are 2 spellings for wiener (one is Euro & one is American) – so I’ll use it as I see fit.
Saw the pig knuckles in the store & couldn’t resist. This one took me back to my youth & staring at the hock & saying to my parents “That is so, so very gross!” – but, then proceeding to eat it anyways.
Super easy recipe – beware this meal will backfire on you later that is for sure. Just when I thought that enough time had elapsed & was out of the so called dutch oven phase, bam. Pull out the heavy artillery & prepare for even the dog to look at you sideways.
Here is the lowdown to the swine meal:
2/3 large smoked ham hocks
8oz great northern beans, dried
8oz pinto beans, dried
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
5 cups water
1 cup vegtable broth
pepper to taste
Get beans ready by washing off – then filing large pan w/ water 2 inches over beans. Boil for 3-5 mins. then cover & let sit for one hour (don’t pull the lid off damn you!). This softens them up w/o letting them sit over night.
Throw all of this in cooker for 6 hrs on high (your place will smell like a fart before you even eat it).
Would have served w/ biscuits or cornbread, but alas, had none – so just did up some classic spinach for side.
This one was nothing fancy & pretty darn easy & super cheap – think w/ total cost was about 8 bucks – plus had tons of leftovers – keep in mind to skim the fat off top before putting in fridge or you’ll find some hock smegma when you lift lid off.