Crockpot threesome

6F2B783B-C8A2-471F-8FD7-DB63188E79EA-2625-000001E94A7247BAI’ve fallen in love again with my crockpot. It started Friday morning when I tossed a chicken carcass, onions and carrots in, covered them in water and turned it on low. When I arrived at home after work, the house was fragrant and the chicken stock was ready. I strained it, refrigerated it overnight, skimmed the schmaltz off and had fresh chicken noodle soup in the time it took to cook egg noodles. It was the perfect meal after a rainy race.

Sunday morning, I sliced 3 lbs of onions and placed them in the crockpot with a generous knob of butter and a heavy drizzle of olive oil. The crockpot went on low and I let those onions cook all damn day, stirring them occasionally. The house smelled like heaven. Late in the afternoon, I added a quart of beef stock, salt and pepper and a good splash of port. (Sherry would work as well.) I let things continue cooking for another hour and then ladled some into a bowl, topped it with toasted bread and Swiss cheese (gruyère would have been even better) and placed it under the broiler to melt and brown cheese. Inexpensive, easy and delicious.

After receiving a bag of local apples over the weekend, my thoughts went to how in the world I could use them…applesauce! Sunday night I plugged the crockpot back in and added 8 or 10 peeled,* coarsely chopped apples, a 1″ piece of peeled ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon and about 3/4 cup of water. Again, turned it low and left it overnight to do its magic. Morning was particularly sweet – something we can all use on a Monday, especially the one we faced this week.

What are your favorite crockpot recipes? Do you have appliances that you’re inclined to date use seasonally?

*I partially peeled a few of them, leaving a bit of skin on for texture.

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