I just received an email from the Class of 09 Student Council informing us that there will be a study break on Thursday to celebrate that there are only 100 days left until graduation. That is a frighteningly small number, let me tell you. Conversely, 22 is a frighteningly large number. It is, in fact, the number of the age that I will be in just over 24 hours. Either way, the message is that time flies – enjoy it while you can.

In accordance with that theory – the SLOW cooker. And my first attempt to cook with it. Ever. I asked my mom the other day why she doesn’t have a crockpot, because it really would seem to be the perfect thing for the woman who walks in the house every night confused and befuddled at the fact that there is nothing to eat. I tried to explain to her that if she bought one, she would be able to come home to dinner ALREADY PREPARED She didn’t have an answer for me. In fact, I don’t think she said anything (a first for my mother). I told her to get her butt to the store or to amazon.com. Pronto.

So what did I choose to make, you ask, for my first slow cooker experience? Beef stroganoff…slow cooked chunks of meat simmering in mushrooms and broth for HOURS that fall apart when you put them in your mouth…the heartening smell that greats your nose when you open the door, coming in from the blustering cold…could you really ask for more?

Beef Stroganoff
Serves 4, adapted from Cooking Light

1 lb cubed beef stew meat
1 cup beef broth
1/3 cup flour
2 tsp dijon mustard (I used barbecue sauce…I hate mustard and, well, I REALLY like barbecue sauce)
2 tbsp parsley (I used 1/2 tsp dried rosemary)
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 small onions
3/4 tsp salt
8 oz fat free sour cream

1. Mix everything together in the crock pot except for the sour cream. Cook on high for 1 hour and on low for 7-8 hours.
2. Turn the crock pot off and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream.

I served this over brown rice and with a side of roasted broccoli.

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7 Responses to Dabbling in Crockery

  1. Elra says:

    Crockpot certainly very useful to have when you have a large crowd and time is limited. You just throw in all your ingredients in one pot, go to bed, then voila you have a delicious complete meal. Well done girl!
    Cheers,
    Elra

  2. Natashya says:

    I love having a slow cooker – in fact I have two. 5qt and 3qt. So handy, I also make my stocks in them and soak beans in them.
    Stroganoff is one of my favourite meals, perfect for winter.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday!

    And best of luck on the remaining almost 100 days! I remember being terrified and wanting everything to slow down in one breath but in the other can’t believe there is still all that time left!!!

    Ahhh the crockpot! This looks delicious. I was crockpot crazy last yr but have yet to pull it out of the box from this recent move!

    One of my favs was this soup…
    http://recipes-in-my-life.blogspot.com/2007/10/butternut-apple-soup-with-swiss-cheese.html

    Cheers,

    Yosha

  4. n.o.e says:

    Hi Joanne-

    Blogger hasn’t been letting me comment, but I’ll try again! Great job making a classic to inaugurate your crock pot. I’m not a mustard fan either, so I’ll have to remember that barbecue sauce trick (although I tolerate it as an ingredient).

    Happy Birthday (tomorrow, right?) Last winter – pre blog – I made a yummy chard lasagne from Real Simple: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-lasagna-10000001694908/index.html

    I saw a cookbook in the bookstore called something like “Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook” which has some interesting recipes (maybe your mom would like them too?!)

    Nancy

  5. Arika says:

    This looks so delicious! I have a light rukey stroganoff recipe I am addicted to, but I may have to give this one a shot.

    Arika
    My Yummy Life

  6. Joanne says:

    Elra – I didn’t realize how useful a crockpot would be, but now I’m not sure that I can live without it! I love the way my room smells good all day long.

    Natashya – I plan to use it to make beans and even rice just so I don’t have to go down to the kitchen and wait hours while something simmers on the stove.

    Yosha – Thanks for the birthday wishes and the soup suggestions, I will definitely look into making it!

    Nancy – I tolerate mustard as well, but I don’t have any and didn’t feel like buying it for two tbsp, especially when I so rarely use it. Thanks for the birthday wishes! I will definitely make that lasagna soon…I am a huge swiss chard fan.

    Arika – I would love to try the turkey stroganoff recipe! I will hae to search your blog for it. I like trying different variations on the same recipe to try to pick my favorite.

  7. Crockery says:

    A Fantastic range of modern and classic Crockery available at sensible prices to help create that perfect dining experience.

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