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.

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Here is a different pot roast recipe for you.  I love spicy food and spicy food is good for you so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it!  I also have a good friend from Vietnam and have learned to love some of the Asian foods.

1 (2 to 3 lb) chuck roast
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tsp canola oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp red curry paste
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 cups broth (I use vegetable, I believe the original recipe I saw said chicken)
1 can (14-oz) coconut milk
1 can (10-oz) diced tomatoes with green chiles
3 tbsp fish sauce (Asian section at the grocery store)
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp tomato paste
3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
juice of 1 lime
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 lbs red potatoes, halved
4 small heads baby bok choy, cut-up, leaves intact
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

Generously sprinkle the meat with the salt and pepper.  Heat the oil in a large skillet; when hot add the beef and cook a few minutes to brown both sides.   Remove skillet from the heat.

Spread onion over the bottom of the cook; top with the meat.

Spoon the curry paste into the skillet; add the cumin and coriander.  Using the back of a large spoon, blend the mixture.  Return skillet to medium heat.

Pour the broth into the skillet; stir in the coconut milk.  Add the tomatoes, fish sauce, brown sugar, garlic, tomato paste, ginger, and lime juice.  Bring the mixture to a boil and pour over the meat in the cooker.  Add the bay leaves and stir to blend.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting approximately 8 hours.

Remove lid, take meat out of cooker and place on a cutting board.  Turn heat to high and add the potatoes and bok choy.  Replace lid and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cut the meat into large chunks.

Blend the cornstarch into the water; stir into the mixture until smooth.  Return the meat to the cooker and cook on high until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Ladle into bowls for serving.  Garnish with the peanuts and cilantro.

Yield: 6 servings.

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