Everyone needs a fantastic recipe, that is super-simple, and is so delicious that everyone loves it. Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches meet Restless Chipotle readers. Restless Chipotle readers meet Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches.
Two ingredients, people. TWO ingredients.
The images are not the best – The sun insisted on going down before I was ready. I think you will get a mouthwatering idea of how yummy these are, though. Continue reading
One of the best things about the cooler months of the year is the fact that it is so much easier to think of a slow cooker dinner than in the summer. Sure, you can use a crockpot all year long but most of us don’t. Nope. We save them for simmering soups, stews, and pot roasts during those cold, blustery months that always seem so cozy until we are actually in them.
Then they just seem… well… cold.
I used to be able to play all day in the snow and whine when my mom told me it was time to come in. Well, that was a long time ago because once the temperature dips below 60 I am building a fire in the fireplace and staying put until the thermometer heads back up to higher digits. I like to be comfortable.
Hearty, hot sandwiches are diner food and there is just something about those blue plate specials that is honest, good, basic, and comforting. Maybe it isn’t served with truffle shavings or Hawaiian finishing salt but there is something about a hot sandwich, stuffed with tender meat, and served with a scalding hot order of fried that is unreasonably addictive. You can’t walk away from it. You can’t ignore it. You have to just go with it. Continue reading
I don’t know anyone who could take a bite of chicken cacciatore and not feel all calm, safe, and snuggly on the inside. This is real comfort food – o.k. maybe not to a vegetarian…
Now, I am not talking about the high end chicken cacciatore, although I like that, too. This is the stuff pulled straight out of one of my vintage cookbooks. A recipe that is quick, easy, makes the house smell amazing – and will even make you feel like Donna Reed. Continue reading
A beef carbonnade is just a fancy name for the-yummiest-beef-stew-ever. It is chunks of beef, dredged in seasoned flour, browned, and then left to simmer in a dark beer broth for several hours. Unattended. Slow Cooker. Easy.
Traditionally it is served over egg noodles but this was a Sunday meal and I wasn’t going to take time to make them. I used brown rice instead and it was just fine. You could also use mashed potatoes with it — you just want something to soak up that broth. Add a crusty sourdough bread, a salad, and maybe a vanilla poached pear for dessert and you are good to go. Whether you are having a family dinner or trying to impress the new in-laws this carbonnade will take you there. Continue reading