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Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Apple Cider Crockpot and Slow Cooker Meals - Stew and Corned Beef and Cabbage

I am so busy this week archiving old internet articles that I haven't been able to post many new recipes.  Here is another article going into the archives that I will share with you first.  This first appeared online a couple of years ago and has been repeatedly used a couple hundred times.  Time now to archive.

Are you looking for something different to make in your crockpot or slow cooker? Perhaps you want to add something new to your family's meals. Why not add a little different flavor to your slow cooker and crockpot meals with Apple Cider? Try these recipes for Apple Cider Stew and Spicy Cider Corned Beef and Cabbage and have your family wondering what your secret ingredient is. The corned beef dish has meat, vegetables, and fruit all in one. The stew also contains beef stew meat and the vegetables potatoes, carrots, onion, and celery as well as apple. This makes both recipes easy to turn into a complete meal very easily. What could be better for the busy cook?

SPICY CIDER CORNED BEEF
3 medium onions, sliced
1 small head cabbage, cut into wedges
1 (3 to 4-lb)corned beef brisket
1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp grated orange peel
2 tsp yellow mustard
6 whole cloves
1 jar (14-oz) spiced apple rings

Place the onions and cabbage in the slowcooker or crockpot. Trim excess fat from brisket and place atop the vegetables.

In a bowl, stir together the apple cider, brown sugar, orange peel, mustard, and cloves; pour over the meat. Put the cover on the pot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

To serve, remove to serving platter and garnish with the apple rings.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

APPLE CIDER STEW
2 lbs beef stew meat
3 tbsp canola oil
3 tbsp flour
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 carrots, chopped
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 onions, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 apple, chopped
2 cups apple cider
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup flour

In skillet or large saucepan brown meat in canola oil. Drain off excess fat. Combine the 3 tablespoons of flour, salt, thyme, and black pepper. Toss browned meat in the flour mixture to coat. Place the carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, and apple in the cooker. Place the meat over the vegetables.

Combine the apple cider and the vinegar; pour over the meat. Place lid on cooker and cook on low 10 to 12 hours.

Turn cooker to high setting. Blend the cold water into the 1/4 cup flour until smooth. Stir slowly into the stew. Replace lid and cook another 15 minutes until thickened.

Yield: 8 servings.

Enjoy!
 

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