Chicken Cacciatore

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Gooseberry Patch has a contest running on their blog and I decided to give it a whirl ~ especially since I was going to make this recipe for dinner tonight.

Here are the contest rules:

Step 1: Make something yummy from one of our cookbooks.

Step 2: Before you & your family enjoys the dish, ask a helper to snap
a picture of you, the food and our book. Then…

Step 3: Post the photo on YOUR blog.

Step 4: Come back here before tonight at midnight, EST and tell us
where to find your photo.

I just noticed that I’m supposed to be in the picture, too.  Oh well.

I made a recipe from 101 Slow Cooker Recipes .   The recipe is super easy which as you all know, is my favorite thing.  Just toss in the ingredients and go.  It was submitted to Gooseberry Patch by Mary Whitacre or Mount Vernon, Ohio.

I did make a couple of small changes.  I used half the amount of vegetables called for in the recipe ~ just personal preference. There really is enough sauce to use four boneless chicken breast halves.

Chicken Cacciatore
Submitted to Gooseberry Patch by Mary Whitacre

1 lb. boneless chicken breast halves
26 ounce jar chunky garden vegetable spaghetti sauce (I used Prego brand)
1 zucchini, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (I used half)
1 onion, chopped (I used half)
Cooked pasta, such as rotini or penne
Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top. Add the vegetables. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Serve over pasta, garnishing with Parmesan if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Nancy
(I’m on my laptop and don’t have my siggy on this computer)

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches for the Crockpot

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Now, before you run away from this recipe, it really is not hot.  I was able to eat one with no problems and I can’t handle hot and spicy anymore.  They are really flavorful and DH yummed his way through 2 or 3 of them.

These are great for super bowl parties, tailgating, or a quick meal any night of the week.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches for the Crockpot

4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts (mine were pterodactyl size and so made alot)
1 (17.5 oz) bottle buffalo wing sauce (I used Frank’s)
1/2 of a 1 ounce pkg of dry ranch salad dressing mix
6 sandwich or hoagie rolls

Put the chicken in the crockpo and pour 3/4 of the bottle of the hot sauce over and then sprinkle the salad dressing mix over that.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours.

Once the chicken has cooked, shred it right in the crockpot and let it continue to cook for a few minutes to soak up the sauce.

Pile onto rolls and splash with some of the remaining hot sauce if desired. I buttered my rolls and toasted them a bit under the broiler, add the meat to the bun and covered with provolone cheese and stuck it back under the broiler so the cheese could melt. Delicious!

Makes at least 6 sandwiches if not more.

Happy Cooking!

Crockpot Barbecue Ribs

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There really is something sacrilegious about making ribs in a crockpot but if you’re like me and can’t make good ribs on the grill, this works!  I’ve seen this recipe on the internet for a long, long time and finally decided to try it.  It was simple and so very good.  You’d swear they were made on the grill ~ well, except for the falling off the bone part.  Give them a try!

Crockpot Ribs

Crockpot Barbecue Ribs

3 1/2 pounds pork loin back ribs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 tbsps liquid smoke
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup cola (not diet)
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce (I used a whole bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s ~ I like my ribs saucy!)

Remove inner skin from ribs.

Mix brown sugar, salt, pepper, liquid smoke and garlic;  rub mixture into ribs. Cut into 4-inch pieces. Layer ribs and onion in crockpot. Pour cola over ribs.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours. Remove ribs from crockpot. Discard liquid in crockpot.

Return ribs to crockpot and pour barbecue sauce over the ribs. Be sure that each rib is covered with sauce. Cook on LOW for 1 more hour.

Makes 4 servings.

Happy Cooking!

My Signature

French Dip Sandwiches

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I love French Dip sandwiches and I’m always looking for a recipe that I really love ~ this one comes closest yet.  I like the beef to be a little salty with loads of flavor.  I don’t like putting all kinds of stuff on the bun except the meat and and some provolone and contrary to the name, I don’t dip them since I top the meat with some of the juice when it’s already on the bun.  I toast hoagie rolls and usually use provolone but I used horseradish cheddar for the sandwich in the picture.

It’s important to trim all the fat off the roast so the juice will not be fatty. This is a very easy crockpot recipe that I think you’ll love!

French Dip Sandwiches

French Dip Sandwiches

1 large onion, sliced
1 can beef broth
1 (4 lb) beef rump roast, trimmed of all fat
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 (1 oz) pkg of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
Hoagie buns
Provolone slices

Place sliced onion in the bottom of the crockpot. Add the broth. Place beef on top of onions and pour the balsamic vinegar over the beef. Sprinkle the beef with the Italian dressing, salt and pepper.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.

When finished cooking, place beef on a cutting board and slice. Place slices back in the juice in the crockpot and mix it well.

When ready to serve, spoon pieces of beef onto bottom of buns, add the cheese and serve with the juices from the crockpot.

***I toast up my buns under the broiler, add the meat and cheese and stick back under the broiler until the cheese melts. Then I add a little more juice to the sandwich.

Makes 4-6 hoagie-sized sandwiches or more if you use smaller buns.

Happy Cooking!

Easy “Almost” Jambalaya

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Thank you all for the kind words.  Everything went as well as can be expected and we are glad to be home again!  Fourteen hours (one way) in a car with 4 adults and 2 dogs is not something I would recommend.

I made this last night and I KNOW it’s not a true jambalaya but it works and tastes delicious.  It’s easy to throw together and it cooks in about 4-5 hours in your crockpot.  Works for me!  It makes loads of jambalaya so I am going to freeze the leftovers for another day.

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Easy Jambalaya ~ Crockpot

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef or chicken broth
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 medium or 1 large green peppers, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons dried basil
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used tenderloins and cut them in half)
1 pound andouille sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Hot cooked rice

In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, broth and tomato paste. Stir in the green peppers, onion, celery, garlic and seasonings. Stir in chicken and sausage.

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is tender. Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook 15-30 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with rice.

Makes 8-10 servings.

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Happy Cooking!

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Tavern Soup

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I’m guessing this is called Tavern Soup because there is beer in it.  It’s a very simple soup that you make in your crockpot.  You can drink it from a mug so it’s great on really cold day.

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Tavern Soup

1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 (14 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (12 ounce) can light beer, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine celery, carrot, green pepper and onion in a slow cooker. Add broth, beer, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours.

After 5 or 6 hours, remove vegetables with a slotted spoon and process in a blender or food processor in batches until pureed and return to cooker with broth (I just use a stick blender and blend in the crock and it works great). Turn control to HIGH. Dissolve cornstarch in water; stir into pureed mixture. Add cheese gradually, stirring until blended. Cover and cook on HIGH 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Happy Cooking!

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BBQ Beef Sandwiches (Crockpot)

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There are loads of these recipes on the internet but I like this one because you make the barbecue sauce instead of using store bought.  It’s still easy to make.  This would be great for a party, potluck or tailgating.  I usually serve with my easy cole slaw and chips.

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

3 to 4 lb. beef chuck roast
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 (1 ounce) pkg. onion soup mix
1 tbsp. chili powder
3 tbsps vinegar (I use red wine vinegar)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsps. prepared mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Kaiser rolls
Cheese slices, your choice (I use monterey jack)

Trim fat from beef and place in crockpot.

Stir together all remaining ingredients together ~ except rolls and cheese ~ and pour over meat in crockpot.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, or until fork tender.

Skim off fat. Remove meat from crockpot and shred. Return meat to sauce in crockpot.

Spoon about 1/4 cup of meat on bottom of each roll and top with cheese. Place under broiler to melt cheese if desired.

Makes 6-8 sandwiches.

Happy Cooking!