Slow cooking is a fun and easy method to get dinner on the table, especially after a long day at work. But sometimes the usual recipes are for serving a large group of people or intend for you to have a lot of leftover (and I don't like leftovers.) What if you're a family of 2 (or 3 like me) or don't have the larger sized slow cooker? Enter "Slow Cooking for Two" by Cynthia Graubart.
There is plenty of variety to choose from, and Graubart makes a note in her introduction that she chose ingredients that should all be readily available at your local grocery store.
The book is divided into Soups, Poultry, Beef and Lamb, Double Dinners, Seafood, Side Dishes, Desserts and Dips and Appetizers, again, all serving around 2, with enough left over for a possible third or leftovers if you're into that sort of thing.
Soups has such offerings as Lentil, Tomato and Rice Soup, Black Bean Soup and Hamburger Soup.
Poultry recipes include Chicken in Cilantro Red Pepper Sauce, Chicken Bog, Mediterranean Chicken and Turkey Meatloaf with Basil and Mozzarella.
Beef and Lamb recipes offer Braised Short Ribs, Stuffed Meatloaf, Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella, Middle Eastern Lamb Shoulder Chops and more.
Double Dinners offers two dinners that cook in the slow cooker together, to have one for leftovers or for extra diners. There's recipes for Beef Bottom Round - Peppery Bottom Round and Fall-Flavored Bottom Round, Flank Steak Southwest - Southwestern Flank Steak with a Little Kick and Flank Steak Fajita, Pot Roast - Lime Pot Roast with Tomato Sauce and Vinegar-Braised Pot Roast and more.
Seafood recipes include Foil-Pouch Lemon-Dill Salmon and Shrimp in Herb Butter Sauce.
Side Dishes offers Crocked Red Potatoes with Parmesan, Carrots in Port Wine, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Corn Pudding, Mushroom Risotto (risotto you don't have to stir!) and Bulgar Pilaf.
Desserts include sweets like Vanilla Custard, Lemon Cake, Banana Bread, Poached Pears and more.
Dips and Appetizers include Hot Cheese Dip, White Bean Spread and Black Bean Dip.
I made Foil-Pouch Lemon-Dill Salmon one evening. Considering the cooking time is 2 hours, this is one you can put together and cook after work and still eat at a reasonable hour. Prep was exceedingly easy, just wrapping the fish in lemon and dill in a foil packet inside the slow cooker. The fish came out delicious, not at all dry and full of flavor. And the biggest surprise at all was that my kids, who usually refuse to eat fish, shared a piece and loved it! The extremely picky youngest even ate seconds off of my plate! That alone makes this a recipe to use again!
"Slow Cooking for Two" is published by Gibbs Smith. It is $19.99.
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