Friday, October 8, 2010

It is time to give in...Fall is really here

I have come to grips with the fact that I must put my flip flips away and take my turtlenecks and sweaters out....but I don't have to like it!  One thing I do really like about the colder weather coming in is that I can settle in to my old weekend routine of slow cooker Sunday! 

 I do use it during the week as well but I have found that I need to stay close by to my cooker.  I thought it would be a good idea to get a huge 6 quart cooker for the 3 of us (really 2 because my daughter will rarely eat anything that comes out of it).  When cooking smaller portions in such a large pot...things tend to get the "you know what" cooked out of it.  When recipes call for cooking 8-10 hours on low...this usually means cook 6-8 hours on low and make sure you keep an eye on it after 6 hours or you are going to be eating charcoal.  

So...I am going to try to stick to my Sunday routine and find a smaller, more practical pot, for those week day slow cooker fixes!

Here are a couple recipes I am going to try right away 

Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 kaiser rolls, split
Cut the tenderloin in half; place in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper; pour over pork.
Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker; heat through. Serve on rolls. Yield: 4 servings.

Chicken Saltimbocca
(you must say this in your very best Italian accent)

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
6 thin slices deli ham
6 slices Swiss cheese
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 cup dry white wine or Progresso ® Chicken Broth
Hot cooked rice
Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. Top each piece with a slice of ham and cheese. Roll up tightly; secure with toothpicks. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Roll chicken in flour mixture; refrigerate for 1 hour.
In a large skillet, brown roll-ups in oil on all sides; transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the soup and wine or broth; pour over chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until meat is longer pink. Remove roll-ups and stir sauce. Discard toothpicks. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.

Both of these recipes can be found at Taste of Home at

Do you have any slow cooker recipe favorites you want to share?  I am always looking for new yummy ideas!

Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. I REALLY want to try that pulled pork and what a great and easy meal for everybody to comfort in!

  2. Stopping by from Friendly Friday Follow. Your chicken saltimbocca looks delish! Have a great weekend!

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  6. I'm definitely going to try these recipes out! And keep those flip flops readily available- you never know when you'll have an extra 20 minutes for an impromptu pedicure!

  7. What time is dinner??? lol
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  10. Yum ! Pulled Pork Sandwiches are my favorite :)

  11. Oh, I just pulled out my slow cooker last week for white chicken chili. It's that time of year for sure.

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  15. that chicken one looks really impressive, I've printed it off to add to my 'you should make this' file! Thanks!

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