Slow Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Peppers

Slow Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Peppers

 

This is a fairly light dinner made in the crock pot with lots of deep flavors.

Slow Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Peppers

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 large can crushed tomatoes

2 green bell peppers sliced thinly

1 onion sliced thinly

3.5 oz large green olives about 1/2 c ( I used Sicilian spiced)

2 T brine from olives

1/4 t red pepper flakes

1 t Italian seasoning

1/4 c white wine (optional)

1 T lemon juice

Add all ingredients to a crock pot, cook on low for 6 hours, serve over noodles or rice.

Slow Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Peppers

Slow Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Peppers

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Summer Crock Pot Recipe: Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Lemon and Goat Cheese

Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Lemon and Goat Cheese

I like the ease of my crock pot / slow cooker especially in the Summer when we are busy and I don’t want to get the house any hotter by turning on the oven. The problem is most slow cooker recipes are heavy and not that appealing in the warm Summer months. So here is a lighter recipe for the crock pot based on my love for the Chicken Bryan at Carrabbas

Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes, Lemon and Goat Cheese

Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes, Lemon and Goat Cheese

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs ( or 4 Breasts)

1 shallot chopped

zest of 1 lemon

juice of 2 lemons

1 t chopped garlic

2 T butter

2 c chicken broth

1 t salt

1/4 t pepper

1 t dried basil

1/4 c chopped sun dried tomatoes ( dried, not in oil)

4 oz goat cheese

1 T chopped fresh basil

Add chicken, shallot, lemon juice and zest, garlic, butter, chicken broth, salt, pepper, dried basil, sun dried tomatoes and 2 oz of the goat cheese to your slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve over pasta, noodles or rice and top with remaining 2 oz of goat cheese and fresh basil.

Leftover Wine Beef Stew

Left Over Wine Beef Stew

 

Left over wine, whats that? I know, I think 750ml is a serving size too, but hey sometimes it happens. Maybe you invited a friend over and you finished your bottle but she had to drive or maybe you thought it was a good idea to open a second bottle and found out you were wrong. Anyway if you somehow find yourself with some extra red wine this is a delicious recipe to make and then open a new bottle of wine to drink with it. It is light, delicate and delicious. I served it with a side of creamed kale.

Leftover Wine Beef Stew

1 1/2 lbs stew meat ( cut into chunks)

6  larger potatoes peeled and cut into 1/8s

2 carrots chopped

1 T corn starch

1/2 t salt

1/8 t pepper

2T oil

1/2 c chopped shallot

1 T chopped parsley

4 sprigs of thyme

1 c red wine ( I used a Cabernet)

1 c beef broth

1 t Dijon mustard

1 T red wine vinegar

Add corn starch salt and pepper into a large ziplock bag. Add meat and shake to coat. Heat oil in a large skillet, add coated meat and shallot and stir until meat is browned on all sides. Add to slow cooker. Add Potatoes, carrots, parsley. thyme, wine, broth, mustard and vinegar to slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 6 hours (or high for 3) or until potatoes are cooked through.

Left Over Wine Beef Stew

Left Over Wine Beef Stew

Left Over Wine Beef Stew

 

Country Style RIbs with Apple Barbecue Sauce

Country Style Ribs with Apple Barbecue Sauce

 

These delicious ribs start in the crock pot and then crisp up under the broiler or grill, easy and delicious.

Country Style Ribs with Apple Barbecue Sauce

8-10 country style pork ribs

1 c ketchup

1 T Worcestershire sauce

2 small apples peeled, cored and chopped

1 onion diced

2 cloves garlic chopped

2 T apple cider vinegar

Add ribs and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker, heat on high for 3-4 hours or low 5-6 hours. Remove from slow cooker and place on heated grill or under a broiler until sauce caramelizes, about 5 minutes. Serve.

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Country Style Ribs with Apple Barbecue Sauce

 

Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

I don’t know what it is about Fall, but this time of year makes me go right for the comfort foods and classic combinations I grew up with. As I looked at my menu board for the week I thought this could have been one my mom had when I was a child. Last night’s dinner was grilled cheese and tomato soup. I made the soup in the crock pot so it was done and ready for whenever my family decided to make their appearance for dinner, and the bonus is you get to smell its deliciousness all day.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

1 28 oz can of peeled whole tomatoes

1 20 oz can of petite diced tomatoes

1 1/2 c vegetable stock (chicken would work too)

1 T italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1 t salt

1/4 c brown sugar

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1 c cream

2 T butter

For Pesto

1/2 c  fresh basil

1/4 c parmesan cheese

1/4 c pine nuts

1 large clove of garlic

1/4 c olive oil

Add tomatoes, stock, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, sugar, onion and garlic to a large slow cooker/ crock pot. turn on high and cover. Cook for one hour and then turn to low. Cook for 2-3 more hours or until tomatoes and onions have completely softened. Add cream and butter and use an immersion blender to puree. You could also use a regular blender or use a wooden spoon to mash. Place on warm until ready to serve. Taste for salt and sugar add more if desired.

Meanwhile place basil, parmesan, garlic and pine nuts into a food processor, pulse until smooth and then slowly add olive oil while processor is on until pesto is the desired consistency.

Serve soup with a drizzle of pesto over the top.

Fall Flavor: Apple Ginger Pork Roast

What is a more classic combination than pork and apples? This is an updated version of pork chop and applesauce night. It’s made in a slow cooker and has a beautiful, savory ,and delicate flavor of apples and ginger.

Apple Ginger Pork Roast

1 1/2 lb pork loin roast

2 T coarsely chopped fresh ginger

1 large onion quartered

3 large or 4 small apples peeled and sliced into 1 inch wedges (use a firm variety)

3 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped

2T soy sauce

2 C chicken broth

2 T apple cider vinegar

1/2 t ground cloves

1/2 t ground nutmeg

Add roast, apples, onions, garlic and ginger to a large crock pot / slow cooker. Add soy, chicken broth, vinegar and spices. Turn on high, cover and cook for 4 hours.

Remove Roast and slice, meat will be very tender.

Serve, I served mine on top of mashed potatoes and served the au jus and apples from the pot over the top.

Smoked Turkey and Split Pea Soup

 

Despite it’s unfortunate color, split pea soup is a family favorite. I like to change it up a little sometimes, this time with the addition of fresh corn and a smoked turkey leg instead of a ham hock or bacon. Everyone loved it, this one is a keeper. The turkey leg had more flavor and meat than the tradition ham hock, and it was actually less expensive.

Smoked Turkey and Split Pea Soup

1 smoked turkey drumstick  found by the ham hocks and ham steaks at my meat counter)

1 cup of sliced carrots

1 cup chopped onion

1 c chopped celery

1 c fresh corn removed from the cob (about 1 ear)

1 lb dried split green peas, washed and picked through for debris

2 garlic cloves

32 0z chicken broth

1/4 chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika

1 -1 1/2 c water

Prep all ingredients.

 

add all ingredients except water to a large crock pot

 

Cover and cook for about 3 hrs on high or 5 hours on low. Peas should lose their texture and soup should be thick. Remove turkey leg and pick meat off bones and add back to the soup. Check soup for any bones that may have come off the leg during cooking and remove. Add water if needed to reach desired consistancy. Stir and heat through.

Happy National Tequila Day !

Hold the phone, I had no idea such a day existed. Yet another reason to celebrate, responsibly of course. Happy National Tequila day to everyone!

Try these recipes to reach your Tequila requirement for the day…

Beer Ritas

Spicy Tequila Pulled Pork

 

Raspberry Tequila Sangria

Spicy Tequila Pulled Pork with Lime Cilantro Cream

This one cooks in the crock pot for an easy meal, feeds a large crowd and can easily be doubled. I served it in tortillas with the Lime Cilantro Cream and shredded cheese.

Spicy Tequila Pulled Pork

1 Boston Butt Pork Roast

1 onion chopped

1 can rotel tomatoes with green chilis

1/2 c tequila

juice of 1 lime

juice of 1 orange

3 cloves garlic

1 t salt

1/2 t pepper

1 t cumin

1 t Habanero powder (omit if you want it mild)

Here is the easy part, throw everything into the crock pot, turn on high until it simmers, reduced heat to low and cook for approx 5 hours or until pork is done and easily shreds with 2 forks.

Remove pork from liquid and shred on a large cutting board or platter. Serve with warm tortillas, shredded cheese and Lime Cilantro Cream

 

Lime Cilantro Cream

Ina medium bowl mix together:

1 c sour cream

2 T lime juice

1T tequila

2 T chopped cilantro

1/2 t salt

1/8 t pepper

1/4 t lime zest

Bacon Jam: Yes, there is such a thing and it’s delicious

I have a friend who lives in England and I kept seeing her posts on Facebook about something called Bacon Jam. I had never heard of such a thing here in the states. I googled it and saw some jars of it all available in Europe, but not here. But it was bacon so I somehow had to try it.looked for a recipe for it and of course my favorite woman to love and hate but mostly love, Martha Stewart had one on her site. I am never one to follow a recipe verbatim but I have never actually had bacon jam so I didn’t want to start experimenting too much until I actually tasted it. I was envisioning serving it with cheese and crackers or maybe as a topping on pizza so the only thing I did differently was change out the vinegar, as I thought balsamic would go better with those things.

1 1/2 lbs of bacon cut into 1 inch pieces

2 medium yellow onions diced

3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/4 pure maple syrup

3/4 c strong brewed coffee

Cook bacon pieces in a large pan over med-med high heat until they are slightly browned about 20 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Reserve one tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan  and discard the rest. Heat onions in garlic in pan over medium heat and cook until translucent about 5-6 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add bacon back to pan and stir.

Add contents of pan to a slow cooker and heat on high with a piece of foil loosely place on the top for about 3 hours or until liquid becomes syrupy.

Place mixture into a food processor and pulse until it becomes jam like.

The possibilities are now endless. Serve with a cheese plate, on pizza, in a quesadilla, we even tried it with peanut butter on a chocolate graham cracker. Will keep up to 4 weeks, in the refrigerator in an air tight container.

with apple slices on crostini

With goat cheese on crackers