Finally, a crock pot success
Admittedly, I've never used the crockpot very much, but a few weeks ago I tried a recipe for boneless skinless chicken breasts that I found here, and it was a tremendous disaster.
This morning, I gave it one last try, contemplating how to ditch the thing if it didn't produce an edible dinner. I made a beef stew, following some instructions here, and it turned out very, very well. Of course, I didn't follow the instructions exactly...
I tossed the stew meat with kosher salt, pepper, and flour, and browned it in a little oil; threw it in the pot with chopped carrots, an onion, a little celery, and a few turnips, along with some well-drained canned tomatoes.
Then, since I should have been showering and getting to my dreadful staff meeting, I made a little roux which I let brown somewhat, then added 1/2 cup merlot and a teaspoon or two of Tone's beef soup base (evil, I know, but oh-so helpful).
I managed to make some mashed potatoes before my children raided the fridge, and it made a wonderful, comforting dinner for a chilly rainy day. I couldn't stop eating it.
Miss mia...please try the Crockpot Cassoulet from Mabel Hoffman...it is SO good and smells so nice while cooking...you can dispense with the bacon completely or just cut down to 2 strips of it...the smoked sausage lends the smokey flavor quite enough in my opinion...I, too, am a crockpot critic but this particular recipe is so delish..I cut it in half because it's just me and my 2 sons, but they both loved it. I also used fresh thyme but the dried is fine, too. I posted the link to the recipe under another crockpot thread here on Home Cooking. Thanks for your successful recipe...I will try it!