Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bacon Ranch Chicken

Found another winner!  How could I not try this recipe from Crockin' Girls that's title includes three of my favorite things?!

4 chicken breasts
2T real bacon bits
1t minced garlic
1 can cream of chicken
I pkg. ranch mix
1c sour cream
egg noodles

Put chicken in crock pot.  Combine bacon, garlic, ranch, soup, and sour cream.  Mix well and pour over chicken.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours.  Cook noodles according to package.  Shred chicken in crock pot and mix in noodles.  Yum!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

World's Greatest Chili!

I made up the title because it is true.  This recipe came from my dear friend, Deedee.  It is absolutely the best chili I have ever had.  I am a Texan and I like my chili hearty.  I am not a fan of runny chili... that is just soup.  This chili is so good that I am going to give you the original recipe and I will just tell you in parentheses what I do.
1.5 lbs extra lean ground beef (I use 2 lbs)
2-3 cans (15 oz) pinto beans, drained (I use 3 cans)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1- 15 oz can whole tomatoes cut, juice rsvd.
1- 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 c. water
2-3 T chili powder (I use 2 because Brittney hates spicy things.)
2 t. salt
1 t. dried oregano leaves
1 t ground cumin
1/4 t. pepper

Crumble ground beef into cooker with beans, onion, and garlic.  Mix everything else in a bowl and pour into cooker.  Stir.  Cook high 3.5-4 hours or Low 7-8 hours.  (I just leave mine in all day on low and it is fine).

And of course, I top it with LOTS of cheese.  My family keeps the dairy industry in business!  Seriously fantastic chili.  Even Mallory ate it (and if you know my child, you know that is a big deal!)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Most Amazing Pork Chops Ever

As you probably know, the crock pot is my hands-down, absolute favorite kitchen appliance.  I use it so much that the one I got for our wedding (just 6 years ago) bit the dust and I recently had to go get another one.  Tonight was the first time I tried this recipe and it skyrocketed up the list of family favorites.  And to top it off, it could not be easier!  I got it off the crock pot girls facebook page (another favorite!)  The picture at the bottom is not pretty because the meat literally falls off the bone.  It was very difficult to get it out of the crock pot.  I hope you love it as much as we did!

Most Amazing Pork Chops Ever

4 bone-in, thick cut pork chops (I think the thick cut is important, I think it I had gotten the regular chops, they would have cooked through more quickly and not been as tender)
1 can of cream of chicken
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 package of brown gravy mix
1.5 c. of chicken broth

Put chops in the slow cooker
in a mixing bowl, whisk cream of chicken, soup, gravy, and broth.  Pour over chops.  Cook low all day.  Serve with mashed potatoes. 

critics acclaim: "These are the bomb!" -Branden
"These are literally the best pork chops I have ever had.  I will never eat pork chops any other way again." -Steven