Sweet and Savory Pork Roast

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My crockpots are probably one of the busiest pieces of equipment in our kitchen.  I use them weekly.  This morning I prepared a simple yet delicious dinner (the tween queen’s favorite meal actually) in the crockpot for tonight’s dinner.

This roast is tender and full of flavor.

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You can find my recipe and the ingredients on my Facebook page today here:  Sweet and Savory Pork Roast

 

Applesauce…sauces

Today was the day to make a few batches of crockpot applesauce.  This is great for dinners, to put in kids lunches and for baking!!!  There are a lot of recipes that cut down on fat and calories by replacing oil with applesauce.  It’s great to have some ready for whenever you need it.

I freeze our applesauce but you can also place it in jars and can it.  We always make a few different batches and today we made cinnamon, chunky, and plain.

You can find our family recipe on my facebook page here:  Applesauce recipe

 

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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

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We went to a meat raffle in the beginning of the year.  A meat raffle is like a basket raffle except with packages of meat from a  local butcher in our area.  There were many wonderful packages to try and win and I entered all of the good ones such as 5 lb pork roast, 8 lb ham, 14 lb turkey, 2 lbs shrimp/2 lbs bacon, and so on.  For some reason the man of the house put a ticket in a package that contained 3 lbs of chicken wings/3 lbs of chicken fingers.  Guess what we won…yes these are the wings.

I do not own a deep fryer.  I rarely ever fry anything and was at a loss as to what I was going to do with these wings.  I’ve tried oven baked before and they just are not what I like.  So I was very happy to see a recipe from another one of my favorite facebook pages, The Slow Roasted Italian.  She posted a recipe for crockpot Buffalo style chicken wings. (Recipe here).   Now that is right up my alley!!

So today while making another 8 jars of dilly beans and dill pickles, I quickly threw together this recipe and started up the crockpot.

When I removed them after 6 hours they were so tender the meat was almost falling off the bone.  I broiled them to crisp them up and coated them in a medium spiced hot sauce.  Needless to say they were a huge hit and so good with some farm fresh corn on the cob.

Below are my pictures of the process and you can find the recipe from the Slow Roasted Italian here.

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Pepper Pot (crockpot cooking)

We call this dish pepper pot.  Super easy and a nice meal for when you have no time to cook at night.served

You can serve it over rice or add a little more broth and some barley and make a soup which is great in the winter (if making soup omit the cornstarch).

Here is how I made it yesterday before I left for work:

1 1/2 lb sirloin steak cut into 1″ cubes

2 cups beef broth

3 cloves garlic minced

1 cup julienne styled peppers (any color or variety or multiple colors to make it pretty!!)

1 cup thin sliced onion

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

salt/pepper to taste

Pasta or rice to serve over

Put all in crockpot and set it on low for 6-8 hours.   (I have also thrown in peas or beans to add another vegetable to it)

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That’s it!   Easy!

Sweet Hawaiin Chicken (crockpot cooking)

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This is a ridiculously easy dish to prepare in your crockpot.  I set mine up this morning and while I am at work it’s slowly creating a wonderully, tender, sweet chicken thigh with a rich sauce to serve with rice.  This was a recipe I found on facebook last year and have tweeked it a little to our liking and you can too!!  The chicken just pulls apart and is loaded with flavor.

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SWEET HAWAIIAN CHICKEN

2lb. Chicken chunks (I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs as the darker meat adds great flavor)
1 cup pineapple juice (I use 2 small cans)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce

3 Tablespoons Cornstarch

Scallion greens chopped to serve on top 

Combine all in the crockpot and set it on low for 6-8 hours.  Make some rice before serving and you have a great meal.  EASY!!!

Some optional ingredients we have used at different times are:  1 can chopped water chestnuts, 1 can drained bamboo shoots, frozen carrots & peas, snow peas (as many as you like), chopped clove of garlic, peanuts on top, dried sweetened Kiwi on the side, red pepper flakes

So you see you can add anything you like!!  My crockpot is old old old and is used a few times every week.  I have 2 newer ones but I really like this one so excuse it’s look!!!