I am now one of the believers. I made my first slow cooker (aka crock pot) meal on Sunday. It all came together thanks to a blogger event a month ago. I met the lovely folks from Hamilton Beach doing a display cooking demo. I told them I was fascinated by the slow cooking mania on the blogs and that I needed to get one...
Lo and behold, the next week a brand new Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker in racy red arrived about a week later. After some tweeting and online recipe hunting I settled in on a modified Osso Bucco. My version used lamb shanks, not veal, but I picked up the basic recipe from vealrecipes.com
preparation: 30 min
cooking: 5 hours
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
3 big lamb (or veal) shanks, sliced 1 1/2" thick
flour as needed
2 medium carrots, diced
1 medium onion, sliced thin
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup red wine
22 oz can crushed Roma tomatoes
1¼ cups veggie stock
1 tablespoons dried thyme
1 tablespoons dried oregano
In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season shanks with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Brown veal both sides and set aside. Pour fat from pan. Add vegetables and garlic and sweat (no flame on stove just a lid on the warm pan). Deglaze with wine. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil.
Add herbs. Adjust seasoning. Put meat in a crock pot (slow cooker). Add vegetable mixture and cook on low for about 5 hours or until meat falls off the bone.
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I loved cooking this way. After Sunday breakfast, before church, I did the prep work, then at 10:45 am on our way out the door I turned the cooker on. When we were ready to eat at 6pm everything was still warm.We served the meal over rice and had plenty left over.
My girls loved the tender meat (the 4 y.o. had seconds) and Mr. Momtrends was incredulous that I had been keeping this recipe from him so long. He offered to do all the clean up if I made the recipe again very, very soon.
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