Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to Look Like a Cook When You Don’t Feel Like It

Need a yummy fall-ish Sunday dinner recipe? Have company coming for a meal? Need to impress your mother-in-law with you’re a-mazing cooking prowess? Just don’t feel like making a big, fancy meal today?

Meet the best slow-cooker recipe you will ever make. It’s pretty much a staple around our house and Kyle’s absolute favorite. It’s my stand-by, my old faithful, my uh-oh-we-invited-our-neighbors-to-dinner-and-I-don’t-have-time-to-cook recipe…

Cranberry Chicken

2 1/2 to 3 pounds chicken (I like boneless, skinless thighs but you can use whatever)

1 16-oz can whole cranberry sauce

2 T dry onion soup mix

2 T instant or quick-cooking tapioca

Where are the rest of the ingredients?? you ask. What kind of game are you playing, Elizabeth?

The directions are kind of complicated so read slowly. First, dump ingredients in crockpot (I usually go chicken, then berries, then tapioca and soup mix, followed by stirring). Next, turn crockpot on (this is very important and I have forgotten this step in the past). Wait 2 1/2-3 hours (if on high) or 5-6 hours (if on low). Eat.


Seriously, though. I have never had someone NOT love this meal. You can serve it with anything. I like mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes (like I’m doing today) but you can also use rice, pasta, bread, or just a side salad or veggies. The leftovers heat up great, too, and are delicious on a sandwich.

In case anyone’s wondering, the original recipe comes from Better Homes and Gardens’ All Time Favorites Slow Cooker 2005. Just so we’re clear that I didn’t invent this impossibly perfect slow cooker meal.

What about you? Anyone have a recipe they can’t live without?

love, elizabeth

PS: It will make your home smell like you’ve been slaving away in a kitchen all day, cooking like a fiend. When, in fact, you went to work, got a pedicure, went for a walk, read a novel, took a hot bath… and then set the table. Bam.


Kathi said...

That sounds kind of difficult but I think I'll try it! Sounds good!! Well written fun post girl! Jenni has forgotten that all-important step of turning on the crock pot too! It does have a definite effect on the end result. Gotta try this one.

Alexandria said...

Om nom nom nom. Sounds deeee-lish! This might have to be our first meal in our new place!

Faith said...

and this is why i love the crock pot! that sounds so delicious! i must add this to my recipes to try! thanks for sharing!

Jillian said...

another reason why I need to get a crock pot asap!

Karen in Progress said...

Yummy. I am making that for dinner this week. I'll let you know how it turns out. Ya know, in case I mess up the whole process. lol

Mrs. Pancakes said...

i have yet to get a crock pot! so need to get one!

Sarahcastically said...

Dear everyone,
This recipe is good.
someone who has eaten it.

val said...

thank you so much!!! One day is on my list to read and also hunger games since Ive been hearing good things and saw a preview for that movie last night!

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