Unlike many of the traditional Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, this is a flat-lay spiral bound full of large color photos - one of each recipe! If you like pictures in your cookbooks, you'll love this book. I love the way it's organized as well. The chapters are divided by cooking time - "1 to 6 Hours," "6 to 8 Hours," "8 to 10 Hours," and "Make-Ahead Meals." That's so perfect! I'm always trying to find slow cooker recipes that will fit the amount of time I'll be away, and this takes all of the guess work out of it. Totally ingenious, Gooseberry Patch!
There's lots of good stuff in here that I've bookmarked - Chipotle-Black Bean Dip, Perfect Pumpkin-Apple Cake, Brunswick Stew, Maple Praline Chicken, and the Easiest Rice Pudding (to name a few - but I've tried three recipes that I'll be sharing with you this week. Here they are:
Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Beef
This is, hands-down, the best barbacoa beef we've ever had. Chipotle, watch out! I can't wait to share this recipe with you because I know you will agree. Perfectly spicy, this beef needs no barbecue sauce, salsa, or other embellishment - it's just right the way it is.
Split Pea Soup
This soup only has 4 ingredients (peas, ham, carrots, onion), so it's not only easy but also economical. I love that! Don't let it's lack of ingredients fool you - it's got great flavor and makes the perfect base to add in other favorites, like bacon, sour cream, or tabasco. It's also chock full of fiber and has delicious flavor. Since it feeds a crowd, we froze half of it to enjoy later. I love soups that are easy to assemble and freeze well. Is there anything better?
This is such a delicious meal! Once again, not a lot of ingredients, but a lot of flavor. Like the recipe suggested, I combined all of the ingredients in a freezer ziplock bag and froze it until we were ready. That made making this dish so easy - just poured the bag into the slow cooker! This is a great dish that I know will be gracing our table time and again.
I'll be sharing all of these recipes with you over the next few days, but I'm starting with Chicken Cacciatore...
I can't tell you enough just how easy this was to put together. We didn't add in the optional sherry, and we ate ours with fettucine. So good!
from Gooseberry Patch's 101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 14 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 onion, grated
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 t. dried oregano
- 1 t. dried basil
- 1 t. garlic powder
- Optional: 1/2 cup dry sherry
- cooked spaghetti
- Garnish: grated Parmesan cheese
Combine all ingredients except spaghetti and garnish in a freezer-safe container. Refrigerate overnight, or freeze until ready to use.
To cook: Thaw chicken mixture overnight in refrigerator if frozen; spoon into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for one hour. Turn slow cooker to low setting and cook for 6 to 8 hours more. Remove lid during last hour of cooking to allow sauce to thicken. Discard bay leaves. Serve chicken mixture over spaghetti; garnish servings with Parmesan cheese. Serves 4. a Rafflecopter giveaway