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Slow Cooker Pot Roast Over White Cheddar Polenta

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It’s “TV binge” time!  I need to get caught up on some of my programs. I’m thinking, the answer to accomplishing dinner today is the Crock Pot. Dinner can be cooking all the while I’m finishing up this season of the Walking Dead. I’m starting this at 8:00 am, so I’ll have the whole day free!

I’m starting out  with a sirloin tip roast that’s about 4-1/2 pounds. The marbling is great,which means lot of flavor, and the butcher has tied it up so it holds its shape for even cooking.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours on the high setting
Equipment: Crock Pot, cast iron skillet
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients:
4-1/2 pound sirloin tip roast that’s been tied, seasoned and seared
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
4 whole garlic cloves
1-15 ounce can diced tomatoes (no sodium)
1 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup of diced carrots
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 minced and seeded Fresno chili
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 a 15 ounce can of beef consomme

Polenta
2 cups of half and half
3 cups of water
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
1-1/2 cups of polenta
1/4 stick of unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups of shredded white cheddar
2 tablespoons of freshly minced chives

Directions:
First step is to 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt and 2 teaspoons of fresh cracked blaack pepper the roast on both sides. Take a paper towel with a little Canola oil on it and wipe down the cast iron skillet. Set the temperature of the stove top burner to med-high heat. Let the skillet get super hot, almost smoking. Place the season roast into the pan and leave it alone to do its thing. After about 3-4 minutes, using your tongs, if the roast releases itself easily, then turn the meat over and sear the other side. If the roast gives you some resistance, then let it sear for another minute. Next, do the same to the other side. The searing time may vary slightly, maybe, anywhere from 6-8 minutes total for both sides.

Remove the roast from the skillet and place the meat into the slow cooker. Next, is to retrieve the bits from the bottom of the skillet, this is flavor you don’t want to waste. With the pan still on med-high heat, add in a 1/4 cup of low sodium beef broth. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the bits with the back of the spoon. Once all the bits have come loose, turn the heat off. Pour this flavorful liquid over the roast.

To the slow cooker, with the roast,  add in the veggies, fresh rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, dices tomatoes with their juice, and beef consomme. Season with Kosher salt and pepper, then place the lid on. Cook on high for 7 hours.

After the 7 hours, remove the roast carefully. Cut the cooking twine,  and using two forks, shred the meat. Place the shredded pot roast back into the crock pot and stir everything together. Set the crock pot to warm and place the lid back on.

Next, the white cheddar polenta with chives. Polenta cooks really quickly. This is why it should be made right before you’re ready to serve. It’s super simple and fast. Once the liquid is boiling, it’s finished in 5 minutes. Make sure to have the cheese shredded and ready to go.

In a large pot with 2 cups of half and half, along with 3 cups of water. Add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Bring the liquid up to a hard boil. Once boiling, slowly whisk in 1-1/2 cups of Polenta. Whisking vigorously until the polenta thickens. Immediately, remove the pot from the heat. To the polenta, changing to a wooden spoon, add in 1/4 stick of unsalted butter. Mix that through and then add in shredded white cheddar cheese and fresh chives.

Spoon some of the white cheddar polenta into the bottom of a bowl and top with that delicious tender and flavorful pot roast. Don’t forget to get some of the juices from the slow cooker to ladle all over the top of the meat and polenta.  YUM!!!

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Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

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The slow cooker is one of the greatest inventions EVER!. Set it and forget it. Every busy person has to just love a Crock-Pot. My Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork has to be my absolute favorite recipe for pulled pork. It’s so easy and delicious. If you’d like to see my Slow Cooked Pulled Pork or my Fennel Slaw recipes, click on the links at the bottom of the page

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I chose bone-in pork shoulder (or pork butt) because anything with a bone will give you more flavor, the boneless will work fine too. Take a knife and score the top (as seen in the pictures), then season really well with Kosher salt and dark brown sugar all over the top.

Set the pork butt (fat side up) on top of the onions. To the top of the pork, add 1 whole can of Chipotle pepper along with the Adobo sauce. Leave the Chipotle peppers whole and just spread them out with the sauce all over the top of the pork.

Next, add the cola (coke) and unsalted chicken broth, allowing the liquids to just drizzle down from all over the top of the pork until they settle at the bottom. I set the slow cooker for 10 hours on high, place the lid on and let it do its thing.

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Eight hours into the cooking process, flip the pork over and continue cooking. Be careful here because the bottom part of the pork is really tender from sitting in the juices. When you go to turn the meat, use two sets of tongs for extra support.

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After the timer goes off and the pork is fully cooked and falling apart, carefully transfer the pork onto a plastic cutting board and shred away. I use to forks for this task. Place all the pork back into the pot with all its cooking liquid, cooked onions, and garlic.

This is when I add my favorite barbecue sauce in. If you have homemade sauce, great, if not, your favorite store-bought is just fine.

Toss the barbecue sauce through really well so that it coats all the pork and you’re done. Serve it on your whatever type of bun you like, maybe with some pickles or slaw. This is when SWEET meets HEAT! This Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork is going to be a roller coaster for your taste buds for sure.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 hours in the Crock-Pot, on high
Yields: 8-10 sandwiches or servings
Equipment: Large Crock-Pot

Ingredients:
3-pound bone-in pork butt, fat cap scored (pork shoulder)
3 large onions, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled and whole
1 can of Chipotle peppers in Adobo
1/4 cup of coke
1/4 cup chicken broth, unsalted
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1/2 cup of barbecue sauce (favorite brand)

Directions:
Place the onions and garlic in the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Set the scored pork butt on top of the onions. Season the top with Kosher salt, dark brown sugar. Add the Chipotle Peppers along with the Adobo sauce all over the top.

Next, add the cola (coke) and unsalted chicken broth, allowing the liquids to just drizzle down from all over the top of the pork until they settle at the bottom.

Set the Crock-Pot to cook for 10 hours on high. Two hours (8 hours into cooking time) before the timer goes off, flip the pork butt and continue cooking.

Carefully remove the pork onto a cutting board and shred the meat. Then add the shredded pork back into the cooking liquid. Finish by adding the barbecue sauce. Toss the sauce through so that all the meat gets nicely coated. Pulled pork is ready to serve.

Serve hot alongside your favorite side dishes or make sandwiches.

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

Fennel Slaw

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Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff

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Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff is one of those dishes, with its tender bite-size pieces of beef and egg noodles coated with that silky creamy sauce, that warms the heart of anyone who’s ever taken that first bite. This recipe is so easy to make, you may not want to ever put your crockpot/slow cooker back in the cabinet.

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Prep Time: 35 minutes (time includes browning the meat)
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes on HIGH (6 to 8 hours on LOW)
Total Time: 4 hours 55 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan, Crockpot (slow cooker) large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
2-pound London Broil, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 large onion, diced
1 pint of Cremini mushrooms, quartered
2 cloves of garlic, minced
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/4 cup of Cognac (substitute unsalted beef stock)
2 cups of unsalted beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
3/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
2 heaping tablespoons of Dijon mustard, room temperature
16-ounce package of broad egg noodles, cooked in boiling salted water according to package directions
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl add cubed beef, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to combine.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan. Add half the beef to the pan in a single layer. Brown for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Add the meat to the crockpot, Repeat the browning process with the other half of the beef.

To the same sauté pan heat 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the diced onions and mushroom to the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Add the mushrooms, onion, and minced garlic to the crockpot.

With the pan off the heat, add the Cognac into the hot pan, place back onto the heat scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow the pan juice to reduce by half. Pour those juices into the crockpot.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of unsalted beef stock and Worcestershire sauce into the crockpot, stir to combine.

Cover the crockpot, cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.

Whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of unsalted beef stock with the cornstarch. Pour the mixture into the crockpot and stir. Cook covered on HIGH for 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

In a small mixing bowl add the sour cream, heavy cream, and Dijon mustard, whisk to combine. Uncover the crockpot, add the sour cream mixture, stirring until a smooth sauce forms. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Turn off the slow cooker. Pour the cooked egg noodles into the crockpot and stir until they are fully coated with the sauce. Sprinkle Italian flat-leaf parsley over the top, serve hot.

 

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