Crock-pot/ Slow Cooker December: Crock-pot Pot Roast

If you read my previous post. You will know it’s Crock-pot/Slow Cooker December, where I share with you my favorite and delicious recipes that are for as you guessed the Crock-Pot.

I am a busy lady these days. Lots of community programs and things I will be involved in the next few weeks. My parents are also flying in next weekend, so I have to make sure my house is very tidy. This is where the  Crock-pot comes in handy. Little to no time to prep? Crock-pot. Don’t want so slave over a hot stove? Crock-pot. Have company coming and don’t want to mess up the kitchen? Crock-pot.  As I said a lot of these reasons are reasons I typically use my Crock-pot. If you do not have a Crock-pot, you can do most of the recipes in a Slow cooker over the stove or in the oven.

Crock-pot Pot Roast: Mmmm, let the fork hit meat!

Pot Roast Recipe

 

Before I start with my spiel, I will say invest in this before starting nay recipe in your crockpot:

unnamedYup. They make slow cooker liners. Which makes everyone’s lives much easier. All you do when it’s all gone, is pick up the bag and dispose of it. Super Easy! Then you have little to no dishes to clean up. Hate Scrubbing the crockpot that has major gunk on the bottom?  Slow Cooker Liners!

No I am not getting paid to endorse that, but it’s awesome. (Maybe they should)

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Prep Your Vegetables. Sear your roast. Place the roast in the Crock-pot.  Use the fat you seared the meat in to saute the vegetables. Add wine and reduce to Au Sec (means nearly dry), Add in broth and Spices.

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Pour into Crock-Pot. Put Crock-Pot on low for 8 hours. Halfway through add chopped Potatoes.

Serve over rice.

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German Pork Casserole or That Other Stroganoff

Done 2

Lacking a garnish I know…

My husband has never had the Oh So Delicious Pork Casserole thingy that I was introduced to when I was a 16 year old exchange student in Germany. Until now…

His description really hit it right on the nail. “It tastes like Stroganoff!” But with some differences. Like pork. And Spaetzle

My host mom made this dish for special occasions, like my host brother’s Confirmation celebration. The best thing about this dish, besides the noodles, everything else is thrown into a casserole dish and baked.  Not a lot to it.

The deal with the ingredients is this. There are several ingredients that, if your not in Germany or are not near any specialty stores, are hard to find. Schmand? Krauter FrischKase? Yeah, it’s not easy to translate either. Although FrischKase is basically a herb cream cheese. Schmand, well its like Sour Cream, but not.

recipe

Theres a few things I left out, Butter,Some italian herbs, Chives, boiled eggs…

My mom and I searched on the internet a long time and found a solution on how to get those ingredients without having to necessarily buy them. We found other ingredients and essentially made a similar substance.

If you can’t get Schmand and Krauter Frischkase try this: 18oz Cream Cheese (herbed preferably), 2 cups of cottage cheese (my mom blended this so it was smooth), combine these together until very smooth and fold in 1 cup heavy whipping cream. This will solve all Schmand Problems!

I didn’t follow my German Recipe to the T, I left a few things out, but still tastes just as good. This Feeds Four, if you count 1 porkchop per person. Or 2 for 2 per person.

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This is a very self explanatory, just do what the directions say.

Pork and proscuitto Mushrooms Schmand and Frishkase mixing together On top of onions cheese done

It’s a very hearty meal. Expect to be full!
ENJOY!

 

Aha Pork chops breaded with stuffing mix

English: pork chops

English: pork chops (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

We like our pork chops, often. Always looking for a new way to flavor them. I was browsing the internet and came across a consensus of recipes using a bread stuffing mix to coat the pork chops in. Not just a plain one, one using herbs and spices. No need to add them.

 

 

 

So  using your pork chops, boneless or bone in.

 

1 egg and some milk or water. to get a wet coating.  Dip the pork chops in the egg mix,

 

Take stuffing mix (if it’s chunky, mush it so it’s fine), coat both sides of the pork chop in the mixture. Ensuring that it is all over.

 

Bake at 425 Degrees for 10-15 minutes, depending on how thick the chops are.

 

Was a very pleasant taste, and super easy. If you want a super easy meal.

 

Sorry, No pictures. Was in a hurry tonight.  Been going through my 3 year old’s  room, ridding her of her over abundance of toys.  Was a very long day of sorting through play food to find dinosaurs, blocks and other things she mixes in her play kitchen.

Dinosaur Stew anyone?

 

Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Chicken
I do love a great Roasted Chicken. Especially one with Rosemary and Garlic. Very Aromatic Herbs and Spices make a cold day better.

I am accompanying it with Roasted Potatoes (with the same herb Blend)

Ingredients:
1 Whole Roaster Chicken (typically comes already prepped)
Half an Onion
4-5 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
2-3 Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Rosemary
2-3 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Place the chicken on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (Keeps things clean)

Chicken with onion

Put the onion in the cavity of the Chicken. (Just for flavor)

Rosemary Minced Garlic

Mince the garlic and finely chop the rosemary. Mix in a bowl with the olive oil, and Rub all over the chicken.

Put in the preheated Oven, Cook until Crispy Brown on top. You can choose to use a thermometer, put it in the thickest part of meat (typically the thigh), until the temperature reads 165 . About an Hour (depends on the oven)

Potatoes in a Medium Dice (I say 1 per person), mix with minced garlic and rosemary (onions, too if you like), add enough olive oil to coat potatoes. Place in a metal pan. Cook for 20-25 minutes, towards the end of the chicken being almost done.

Save your bones and fat. And Make your own stock.

Don’t forget to make a wish on the Wishbone.

Hope you enjoy the meal as much as we did.

Look back tomorrow for Chili (using dried beans, hydrated) cornbread, and muffins.