I know what you are thinking – a loaf of salmon = bad news. Let me tell you that it is not so. Loafing with the salmon is pretty darn excellent.
This was a mid-week dinner solution that turned out great to say the least. Was a tad skeptical with this one, but once it was done all my issues were put aside. If you choose to accept this recipe you won’t be let down – my son thought it tasted like a dish from a fancy restaurant, need I say more… no, here is recipe:
1 can salmon (drained & de-skined/de-boned – 14 oz)
2 eggs, beaten lightly
2 cups stuffing croutons
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup parmeasan cheese
1 tsp ground mustard (rub this on top of loaf)
Make a pinwheel with foil to make it easier pull out (see pix).
Form the concoction into a loaf like…loaf I suppose & rub the mustard on. Set the crock to 4-6hrs on LOW.
Let the party begin. Ok, so if it isn’t a party per say, just have a nice salmon loaf meal.
There were so many recipes & different takes on this dish it made it hard, but decided upon full seafood feast. Knew this would be a tough one in the crock since doing seafood or rice in slow cooker is a challenge – challenge accepted. I got served on one of those – read on.
The ingredients for the most part are quite standard with the exception of one: saffron. Seriously saffron, get over yourself. You are not worth $12.00 for a pinch (unless a happy ending was involved). Maybe the dish suffered cause I wouldn’t put out, but my kid gave it a “delicious” so there.
1 cup long grain white rice
1 cup water
1 cup chic broth
1 onion, diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
pinch of ground saffron ( I don’t think so)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 lb fresh medium shrimp, shelled and tails removed
1/2 lb fresh sea scallops, cleaned
1 1/2 lb mussels (debearded – rub the crap off them)
1/2 lb squid parts (tentacles included, whee!)
1 8 oz bag frozen peas, thawed and drained
1 sliced red bell pepper
1 lemon cut into wedges
Put rice, water, broth, tomato, onion, garlic, cayenne, salt/pepper, (once again – screw you saffron) in crock & mix up thoroughly. Set to HIGH for 2 hrs ( I forgot time, let it go extra hr & that was a mistake).
At the 2hr mark, add the seafood & place red bell on top – cook on HIGH for 30+ mins (red bell I forgot, too many eggnogs possibly) – keep an eye on it. I said keep eye on it dammit! Once the squid starts to curl & the mussels start to open up you should take it out! This is important as the squid will get chewy & the mussels will start to cook to the shell.
This turned out pretty darn good & as mentioned, my son ate tentacles & all. Was a bit wary cooking this in the crock, but if you have the time to check on it – you’ll come out a winner. The only thing I’d like to figure out is the rice aspect – either it is not done or over done. What the hell rice make up your mind!
We also made “buckeyes“. Seriously not a baker – way to messy, but wanted cookies or something… my fav is peanut butter cups so thought this would do the trick. DO NOT confuse blender with beaters. Once we smelled burnt plastic, it was all manual. After slight SNAFU, treat came out quite nice. Although the 2 cups of confectioners sugar – excuse me – powdered sugar made me wonder if this was a good idea.
Had a great afternoon & got to share something that I love doing – cooking. Bought gifts, booze, romance novels & whatnot, but my son said to me (queue the strings) – “Can you show me how to cook?”. Can I? Hell yes I can.
You complete me (sob). Merry/Happy whatever you celebrate, P.
Hey folks, week late post, but made promise to myself that I’d keep this up.
Wanted to do some sort of soup in the crock & felt like I needed some type of dish w/ some gumption so I landed on Clam Chowder. This is one of my all time favs. I don’t so much consider it in the soup philum (thinking more of chili w/ clams & milk). So, that doesn’t really make any sense, none the less – love me some clams (no sexual innuendo here).
This is pretty much a painless operation to make this chowder happen. I was going to get all foodie on your asses, but lost all my will & just wanted to eat some chowder. So here goes:
2 small cans clams – don’t drain
1 package bacon – center cut works best w/o fat fatty fat fat
1 medium onion – diced as small as you can
3 potatoes – cubed kinda small
1 cup water
1 tblsp pepper
1 cup 1/2 & 1/2
1 cup milk
1 1/2-2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tblsp red pepper flakes
cook bacon – this is for the best so you don’t get botcholism (crumble the bacon after cooking)
put bacon & clams in crock
add rest of stuff – execpt for 1/2 & 1/2 & milk
cook on HIGH for 3 hrs
in the last hr: stir cornstarch into the 1/2 & 1/2 & milk – then add to crock
turn crock to LOW for 1 hr
Serve w/ hot biscuits (I just did the flakey pilsbury ones – always tasty & loaded w/ serious carbs)
Top w/ a sprig of parsley or cut up parsley & sprinkle over the top. This makes it fancy pansy.
Once again, this is almost better once it has sat a day & you have the leftovers cause ingredients have coagulated.
I stepped out of my wheelhouse for this one. Not much for sweet potatoes, coconut milk nor much of anything unless it speaks to me. Thought would just go for the main vein & make something different (besides awful veggie dish).
Lets get it on!
1 tblsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 tblsp minced ginger root
2 tblsp green curry paste (added a bit more…)
2 sweet taters (used a couple of big ones) – dice them up
1 tblsp fresh lime (you might want to use that stuff from fake lemon, don’t)
1/2 cup coconut milk (used the low calorie stuff)
1 lb cooked shrimp (used the tail on ones – I contemplated getting fresh, but way lazy) – if frozen, allow to thaw in fridge beforhand
1/4 toasted almonds (skipped this cause I forgot to buy)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro – added last
Additional: basamati rice (2-3 cups is good – to get underneath the crock goodness)
of course you need to cook that rice dumbass, need I say more, I didn’t think so.
First, do onions in pan, then add garlic & ginger – trans to crock.
Second, add sweet potatoes to crock – stir that mess up! Set the phasers to 8hr low / 4hr hi (I did hi since we needed to eat lunch during game). Seriously, could this be more of a girly dish for a football game? Hell, no. Real men do the shrimps.
Thirdly, at almost end of cooking period, mix curry paste, mothers milk & lime juice together in small bowl. Add to crock along w/ the shrimps.
Fourthly, put crock on hi setting for a good 30 mins for that crap to mingle.
Wow, was not at all expecting what came about – don’t like to mix fruit/sweet with my dining experiences, but this was pretty damn good.
Dish it up on top of rice & add some fresh cilantro & if you’re feeling frisky a dollop of greek yogurt. You can add some amazing naan bread too – fat-ass with the carbs and such. Just kidding, you’re skinny.