Thursday, January 13, 2011

Caramelized Onions and Potatoes Crock Pot

by Betty Crocker

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 to 7 hours (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)

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2 large sweet onions (such as Vidalia, Maui, or Walla Walla), thinly sliced (2 cups)
1 1/2 pounds tiny new potatoes, halved
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine onions and potatoes.

2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, broth, brown sugar, salt, and the 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour mixture over onions and potatoes in cooker.

3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Stir gently before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon. If desired, sprinkle with additional pepper.

In my opinion: These were really good potatoes after I salted them more than the recipe called for. I think 2 onions is way too much and I'll definitely use 1 next time.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

by Betty Crocker

2 1/2 to 3 pounds boneless pork country-style ribs
Salt and ground black pepper
1 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce,* finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1. Trim fat from ribs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Place ribs in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together cranberry sauce, onion, chipotle peppers, and garlic. Pour cranberry mixture over ribs.

3. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Transfer ribs to a serving platter. Stir sauce. Drizzle some of the sauce over the ribs. If desired, serve remaining sauce.

Tip: Because hot chile peppers, such as chipotle peppers, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

In my opinion: These were good, flavorful ribs. Somehow they turned out a little dry, I suppose I let them cook too long. We had these with Caramelized Onions and Potatoes (Crock Pot)also by Betty Crocker.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Slow Cooker Chorizo, Pecan and Cheddar Stuffing

by Betty Crocker

1 pound chorizo sausage, casing removed and crumbled or 1 pound bulk chorizo sausage **I used Italian Sausage
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
3 medium celery stalks, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1 package (16 ounces) seasoned cornbread stuffing crumbs (5 3/4 cups)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-ounce carton)
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
1 cup pecan halves, toasted

Total Time: 4 Hr 20 Min
1.Cook sausage, onion and celery in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
2.Place sausage mixture, stuffing crumbs, butter, sage and pepper in 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Pour broth over mixture; toss to combine. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes. Gently stir in cheese and pecans.
3.Serve stuffing, or keep warm in slow cooker up to 1 hour. Or use this recipe to stuff Southwestern Turkey or one 12- to 14-pound turkey. See the Variation in Tips from the Kitchens.

In my opinion: I have never had cornbread stuffing before so maybe this is what "didn't do it" for me, but this stuffing did not resemble the flavors of stuffing that I am used to for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It didn't taste bad, just totally different than the traditional flavors I was looking for. It got great reviews on Betty