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Dec 8, 2007 02:37 AM

Need some ideas please!

I'm stuck at home in the midst of a huge snowstorm so figure I'll do some creative cooking. Want to put a roast in the crockpot but looking for a different twist. I wanted to do the Italian Beef but am lacking some ingredients. I do have a jar of mild pepper rings and the necessary oregano,basil,garlic so I could create something close to the Italian seasoning packets. Does anyone think this would work?
Also, I have enough marinated artichokes to stock a small grocery store. Not sure why I bought them but am wondering what I can do with them. Any ideas on these?
Thanks for any and all suggestions!

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  1. I'm at a loss on the marinated artichokes, as I don't really eat artichokes much. The only time I buy them is when I make artichoke dip. But if you want THAT recipe I'll gladly pass along.

    Pot roast in a crock pot is extremely forgiving so I don't really think you can mess this up with all you have. It may not come out exactly like you've made before, but use your instincts and it'll be fine.

    My favorite twist on pot roast is starting with pancetta or bacon, cook then remove, then brown the salted and peppered roast and remove, onions and garlic sauteed afterward, red wine reduced with onions and garlic. Roast, bacon, chicken broth, can of diced tomatoes go bac in with the bacon and some thyme and a bay leaf then let cook for many many hours and right at the end you add a handful of dark chocolate, couple tablespoons of cocoa powder, and fresh rosemary. It's absolutely divine.

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    1. re: krissywats

      Typically, Italian Seasoning is the following mixture:
      Marjoram,,,,, quantities can vary depending on your own taste.
      As for the marinated artichokes...I'm thinking that if they're in vinegar you could use them as a component of a salad. I would use them on an antipasto plate with other Italian-y items.

      1. re: Gio

        Well, I used everything but the sink in my crockpot roast and it turned out delish! We had the meat on crusty rolls and a nice side salad. Perfect for this snowy evening. Now I think I'll make some cream puffs so we can get comatose while we watch a movie. Thanks to both of you for your help.I have the artichoke dip recipe but thanks for the offer. I'll have to live to be 200 before I use them all up. Where in the world was my mind?

        1. re: Hanky

          Try making Jersalem Chicken if you want a delicious dish using up your supply of artichokes. I had never had an artichoke until I had them in the JC and I've been hooked ever since. Simple, and easy, but delicious. Google, cooks inc.