9/15/2015

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics by Judith Finlayson


175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics by Judith Finlayson



175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics by Judith Finlayson



Bestselling author, Judith Finlayson loves food and cooking. She has sold more than 750,000 slow cooker books and nearly 1 million cookbooks. In her latest, 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics it features a wide variety of every day favorites to challenging recipes for various occasions.

As you know, before slow cookers were popularized it was often time consuming and fretful to wait around the kitchen all day to make a simple pot of beans. Let Finlayson show you more exciting ways to monopolize your easy-to-use slow cooker with interesting and delicious recipes that have been taste tested prior to publication for your enjoyment. The recipes have easy-to-follow instructions and includes serving suggestions, tips and variations. Enjoy the full colored-photographs featuring many mouth-watering dishes.

I am not a Vegan but there is a chapter that share many meatless wonders like Sweet Potato Lasagna, Rigatoni and Cheese,  Lentil Shepherd's Pie and Lentil Sloppy Joes. Savory and mouth-watering soups, stews, chilies, grains and even desserts are at your finger tips.

Included in this cookbook, you will find information about slow cooker basics, time management & convenience, tips and techniques for using your slow cooker and food safety.

Recently, I gathered the ingredients to prepare Classic Chicken Stew recipe that is featured for your enjoyment. My children and I enjoyed this recipe and want to share it courtesy of Judith Finlayson and publisher Robert Rose.  I hope to share many of the 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics with my family in the near future.




Robert Rose
Classic Chicken Stew


Classic Chicken Stew
I have a real soft spot for this creamy stew, which reminds me of chicken pot pie without the crust. I obtain a similar effect by serving it over crostini placed in the bottom of a soup plate. Add a tossed green salad for a complete and delicious meal.
Make ahead
This dish can be partially prepared before it is cooked. Complete Steps 1 and 2. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, continue with the recipe.

SERVES 6
Works best in a large (minimum 5 quart) slow cooker
1    potato, peeled and diced (see Tips, below)    1
1 tbsp    vegetable oil    15 mL
2    onions, finely chopped    2
4    stalks celery, diced    4
2    carrots, peeled and diced    2
12 tsp    dried thyme leaves or 3 whole sprigs     2 mL
    of fresh thyme
1    bay leaf    1
14 cup    all-purpose flour    50 mL
112 cups    chicken stock    375 mL
12 cup    dry white wine or chicken stock    125 mL
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 lbs    skinless, bone-in chicken thighs     1.5 kg
    (about 12 thighs)
1 cup    green peas, thawed if frozen    250 mL
12 cup    cream, optional (see Tips, below)    125 mL
1.    In a saucepan, combine potato and cold water to cover. Bring
to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and set aside.
2.    In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions, celery and carrots and cook, stirring, until carrots are softened, about 7 minutes. Add thyme, bay leaf and flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock and white wine and cook, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 4 minutes. Drain reserved potato and add to mixture. Season to taste with salt
and pepper.
3.    Arrange chicken over bottom of slow cooker stoneware and cover with vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours, until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Add peas and cream, if using, and stir well. Cover and cook on High for 20 minutes, until peas are tender and mixture is hot and bubbly.


TIPS
    Because the chicken only cooks for 6 hours on Low the potatoes will be a bit firm unless they are blanched prior to adding to the stew.
    Any kind of cream from half-and-half (10%) to the richest whipping (35%) cream works well in this recipe.

Courtesy of 175 Essential Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson © 2015 www.robertrose.ca 
Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Social Connection:  Robert Rose, Inc



Thank you,
Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics by Judith Finlayson through Robert Rose Inc.

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