I get a few emails here and there from new crockpotters asking for an easy fool-proof recipe to get them started.
I'm pretty sure that I answer differently each time I answer, but today's answer would be this: use marinated meat.
As I was digging through the freezer over the weekend, I found a package of frozen chicken from Trader Joe's that was marinated in some curry seasoning. I have no idea when I bought it (I must have been on something because the sodium content is through the roof..) but do know that it wasn't purchased in 2008. Which meant I better cook this meat before it went bad.
There is nothing easier than cooking marinated meat in the crockpot.
Couldn't think of anything.
--Frozen, marinated meat. Unless you're fancy and get the fresh stuff from a butcher.
--1/2 cup of water
PLEASE, please, please check all ingredients four times if you have food allergies. If something doesn't sound right, please call the manufacturer and check. Saving a tad bit of time isn't worth it if you end up getting sick.
In our case, the celiac in the house had no interest in tasting this meat whatsoever, so I wasn't terribly worried about calling the manufacturer to check on the seemingly "safe" ingredients.
I am not going to label this dish gluten free.
put hunk o' meat into your crockpot.
top it with a half cup of water.
cover and turn on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6, depending on the type of meat you are using and the cut.
You won't need any added liquid other than the 1/2 cup of water, unless you are a peeker. If you are a peeker, add a touch more near the end of the cooking time if you'd like more gravy.
Serve with some rice. We had this over coconut saffron rice.
The chicken was really tasty and so very easy. Before this year of crockpotting, I always had a few packages of different meat in the freezer, ready to pop into the crock whenever I didn't have a fresh meal planned.
You can make your own marinated meat packets with teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, and other pre-packaged marinade mixtures (read ingredients! duh.) when you buy meat in bulk. Plop the meat into ziplocks in family-sized portions and top with your favorite sauce. Meat will keep nicely in your freezer for a good six months.