Crockpot heaven -- that is where I was.
My mother gave me this crockpot last year, but I rarely have a chance to use it. Rephrase: I rarely use it.
I find that I am not especially fond of many of the typical crockpot dishes.
I also admit that my knowledge of more advanced crockpot cooking is somewhat limiting, as is my experience. I too often think of soups and roasts.
But I am inspired by A Year of Slow Cooking which provides ample inspiration for non-traditional crockpot recipes.
So here I was -- in the grocery store with Nancy -- when she spotted cornish hens and asked if I would make them. I love this! I love it when she puts in requests for dishes. It shows me that she is taking an interest in my cooking and that she also enjoys my cooking.
Also folks, I am a Libra (as you know) so choosing meals all the time comes to be quite repetitive and sometimes difficult, so it's nice to have Nancy's coaxing.
So this was my method: I cleaned the hens and seasoned them with salt and pepper.
For the base, I then used whatever we had on hand, which amounted to -- literally -- three ounces of broth! I just about melted.
Ah well, I boiled up some bouillon and added this to the crockpot along with the itty bitty bit of broth available. I also added elephant garlic (the ones that look like potatoes in the first image), onions and bay leaves.
I let this cook on low for about nine hours. After that point, I roasted the hens in the oven for about 15 minutes on a high temperature. In retrospect, I should have browned the meat before putting it into the crockpot. But no worries, the meat was succulent and fairly moist throughout. It went quite well with this wonderful mustard-garlic sauce I made, and the side salad was a nice touch.
Who's That Girl
- Create. Snap. Eat.
- WHO'S THAT GIRL: A higher education obsessed foodie who is documenting her life in the kitchen. I love to cook delicious, gourmet-style foods for those I love and always welcome a challenge in the kitchen. With that challenge comes an impromptu nature. I tend to avoid following recipes to the exact, so you are not likely to find very many posted here. Being that I am a Libra and am learning to be free in the kitchen, the story always goes, "A pinch of this and a smattering of that!" Thank you for visiting -- and happy reading!
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