Archive for Random Thoughts
Saturday: Salsa Chicken Enchiladas
Sunday: Taking mac and cheese to a Super Bowl party
Monday: Buffalo Chicken Chili
Tuesday: BBQ Beef Sandwiches with leftover mac and cheese
Wednesday: Zesty Penne with Sausage and Peppers
Thursday: Curried Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Friday: Pizza night
I’ve decided to participate in Finding Joy in My Kitchen‘s Countdown to 2011. With 2011 coming to a close, I thought it would be a fun opportunity to look back at the crockpot recipes I’ve made this year and make a list of my favorites. I’m so glad I decided to do this, because going back through all my old posts helped me to remember some great recipes that I had forgotten!
So without further ado, my top 5 recipes (in no particular order) of 2011 are:
How many of these recipes have you made? What are your favorite crockpot recipes this year? Any recommendations on what I should try in 2012?
For more of the Best Crockpot Recipes of 2011, visit Finding Joy in My Kitchen!
In determining the winner, Karen asked us to consider the following questions:
Did your family eat and like it? Yes, we both liked it. I liked it better than Rick did, but he liked it, too.
What things did you like about the recipe? I liked the flavor of the sauce and the chicken. Also, it was proof that a “fancier” recipe can come from a crockpot!
What things would you change about the recipe? I would use oregano instead of thyme. The thyme was really strong, and was the only complaint Rick had about the dish.
Would you make this recipe again? Yes, possibly. It’s something different than what I normally make, but I liked it enough that I would occasionally put it on the menu.
Were there any leftovers or was the crock scraped clean? There were leftovers, but I knew there would be (I’m only cooking for two people). I did cut the recipe in half, so it only made 4 servings instead of 8.
Did your family eat and like it? Yes, we ate it. It wasn’t one of our favorites, but it was good and filling.
What things did you like about the recipe? I originally thought this dish would be good (or even better) without the chicken, but after making it, I was glad the chicken was there. It made it a lot more filling.
What things would you change about the recipe? The sauce was too runny — I was expecting it to be thicker. Also, I would omit the cream cheese, because I don’t think it really did anything to the dish.
Would you make this recipe again? Probably not. It reminded me a lot of other soups that I liked better. But if I did make it again, I would add a diced potato to make the soup even more hearty!
Was there any leftovers or was the crock scraped clean? This dish made about 5 servings for us, which is great, because we take leftovers to work with us for lunch everyday!
Was it a close game? Or was it a blow out? It wasn’t exactly a blow-out, as we enjoyed both dishes, but there was one that we clearly enjoyed more than the other. In this match-up, the Chicken Cordon Bleu is the winner!
Last week, Karen from 365 Days of Slow Cooking came up with a great idea. In honor of March Madness, Karen is hosting a tournament of crockpot recipes! She asked for volunteers to make two different crockpot recipes, and then choose the winner. The winning recipes from each head-to-head matchup will then live on in the tournament until the final four recipes are determined.
I immediately e-mailed Karen, asking if she still needed volunteers. This sounded like so much fun! First, I would get to make two new recipes that I may not have tried otherwise. And second, I love participating in “games” like this!
I chose two recipes from a list Karen sent me: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Creamy Corn Chowder. I will be making them on back-to-back nights this weekend, so look for the posts on my blog this week!