What a crock! | Quick Slow Cooker Recipes for snowy Tahoe Presidentsand#8217; Day | SierraSun.com

What a crock! | Quick Slow Cooker Recipes for snowy Tahoe Presidentsand#8217; Day

Simone Grandmain
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Not sure if that header will make the editorand#8217;s cut but, seriously, how many times have you used your Crock-Pot and#8212; that acclaimed one-step, time-saving wonder and#8212; and thought and#8220;I could have done this in the oven after work?and#8221;

Well relax and#8212; itand#8217;s all about the recipe babay. Hereand#8217;s a for instance: beef stew. Now I donand#8217;t know about your beef stew, but mine has celery, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and beef. Logic, physics and palate-control police will tell you it takes longer to cook a piece of beef than a mushroom, so how can you put all that into a pot, leave it cooking for hours, and come home to anything that does not resemble a batch of brown glue?

No can do, unless you first cook the beef and potatoes together and then make several phone calls home to little Johnny, disrupting his six hours of Xbox pleasure, to alert him it is and#8220;time to put in the chopped vegetables mom left in the fridge into the Crock-Pot.and#8221;

That really defeats the whole convenience theory, and who knows? Your calls may coincide with the one day the little rascal was really going to do his homework. So donand#8217;t chance it and#8212; use recipes modified or designed for the One-stop-plug-it-in slow cooker and be done with it.

Following are a couple of tried and true favorites. You will notice the Stroganoff does have the aforementioned mushroom and beef pairing. In this case it will work, but it requires an additional step (just one) before serving. The chicken recipe is of the classic Crock-Pot maximizer variety. Just fill and#8217;er up, turn it on and go! Both are great quick fixes for a Presidentsand#8217; Day weekend crowd and allow more slope time for you.

I would recommend serving with huge salads and, for dessert, because it is Presidentsand#8217; Day, honor George Washington (the cherry tree cutter) with a (you got it!) cherry pie or go with President Reaganand#8217;s favorite and#8212; Jelly Bellys.

(Modified from an old family recipe of traditional stove-top preparation)

Ingredients for step one

1 1/2 – 2 lbs. London broil or round steak, sliced into 1/2 inch thick strips

1/2 cup flour

2 Tbls. butter

one large onion, halved length-wise and then sliced

2 cups (prepared) beef consomme or beef bullion

2 Tbls. tomato paste

1 tsp. dry mustard

Put all of the above in your Crock-Pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Ingredients for step two

2 cups sliced mushrooms

3 Tbls. butter

1/3 cup sherry or cooking sherry

2/3 cup sour cream

Lightly saute the mushrooms keeping them firm. Add, along with sherry and sour cream, to beef and onion mixture in pot. In the true Basque fashion, serve over rice, not noodles, accompanied by crusty French bread.

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

salt and pepper

4 slices Swiss cheese

1 can (10 ounce) condensed cream of chicken soup

1 can (10 ounce) condensed cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

2-3 cups herbed stuffing mix (Pepperidge Farm is favorite)

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup chicken broth

Season chicken with salt and pepper, place in crockpot and pour chicken broth over all. Place a slice of cheese on each breast. Combine soups and milk, add to pot, covering chicken. Sprinkle stuffing mix over top and drizzle with butter. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.