Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Crockpot fun

My friends in San Diego have a crockpot so I thought I'd get one too because you just put a bunch of stuff in it, turn it on and come back in a few hours.

Below is a picture of a stuffed green pepper. It is vegetarian and pretty damn tasty:
4 medium to large green bell peppers, with tops and cores removed [any bell pepper will work]
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 c shredded jalapeno jack cheese
3/4 c salsa
1/2 c frozen corn
1/2 c chopped green onions
1/3 c uncooked rice
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Combine all ingredients (not the peppers of course) in a bowl. Spoon filling evenly into each pepper. Place in crockpot and put the lid on. Cook on low 4-6 hours.

The dish below is chicken thigh stewed in salsa. You put a layer of salsa down, then the chicken (breast or thigh) and then cover with more salsa and cook on low for 4-6 hours. It was pretty good, but a little watery and didn't have a strong flavor. You would use this chicken as filling for burritos, tacos or whatever. I used only medium salsa and think I might try hot next time and maybe add some peppers and onions.

You can also slow roast food in a crockpot so I'll have to try that out sometime. It was one of the few kitchen gadgets that I did not own and only cost me $10 since I had a gift certificate to Amazon.


Marilu said...

What brand did you get? How is it? I've always wanted one of those fancy French ones (le Creuset?) but could never justify the pricetag..now I've moved into a place with a bigger kitchen, I'm kinda feeling like I should really get a pot with a thicker bottom. Right now all I have is a thin non-stick soup pot from IKEA. :/

Jeremy said...

I got this one by Rival: http://www.amazon.com/Rival-SCR450-W-Round-Cooker-White/dp/B0009IZBWA/ref=sr_1_81?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1235520737&sr=1-81.

I don't see any reason to get a fancy French one. Ah. I know what you're talking about. Yeah, I used to have a stone crock pot, but it cracked when I moved out here. The one I linked above is standalone.