Crock Pot Debate

This all started with one comment by one hilarious blogger/tweeter over on twitter two weeks ago. @thenextMartha waged an outcry from people like me who love their crock pots. She implied that there is no good meal that can come out of a crock pot. Miranda and Katie immediately decided to start a blog hop to prove that there are amazing meals that come out of crock pot. I couldn’t help but join in since a) I use mine at least once a week since it is an easy dinner solution for a working mom and 2) because I really believe the crock pot is one way to make meat tender, juicy and perfect. I thought I would give you my two favorites meat recipes, Italian Beef and Chicken Cacciatore.

ITALIAN BEEF
Ingredients:
1 5lb rump roast (I use a smaller one since there is only three of us and keep everything the same)
3 cups of water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano (dried)
1 tsp basil (dried)
1 tsp onion salt
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 (.7 ounce) package of Dry Italian Style Salad Dressing Mix

Combine water with all of the ingredients except beef in a saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil.
Place roast in slow cooker and pour liquid over roast.
Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 10-12 hours.
Remove bay leaf.
Shred beef.
Serve on French rolls with provolone cheese and enjoy!

CHICKEN CACCIATORE
6 boneless chicken breasts
1 28oz jar of tomato sauce (or homemade)
2 green peppers sliced
8 oz of fresh mushrooms
1 sweet onion diced
2 tbsp. of minced garlic
Fresh basil (if wanted)

Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Slice the peppers. Optional if you want to halve the mushrooms. Cook on low for 10 hours. Serve over pasta and enjoy!

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