Friday, January 31, 2014

Layered Slow-Cooker Dinner

How about a complete meal cooked in your slow-cooker?  Not mixed, each on it's own, with no flavors mixed - including "baked potatoes" !

This is the first time I've tried anything close to this Layered Slow-Cooker Dinner and I had no idea what to expect. Disappointed I was not - definitely not!

I think this might even be my new method of cooking when I do not feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, which does happen quite a lot especially during Summer.


On the menu we had :  Hong Kong Chicken    {recipe I found in one of my favorite recipe books   and have adapted to our preference}
                                    Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream & Spring Onions
                                    Sweet Honey Carrots
                                    Basil Green Beans

Delicious combination !  Only one thing, the **Green Beans** were cooked too long, next time I will add them halfway through and not at the beginning.
Layered Slow-Cooker Dinner
serves 4 - 5 adults

HONG KONG CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS:

1 kg Chicken Fillets, cut in half if large
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 TB Soy Sauce
1 TB Golden Syrup {or Honey}
1 t Salt

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Place the Chicken Fillets on the bottom of a large slow-cooker.
2.) Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the Chicken.


BASIL GREEN BEANS

INGREDIENTS:

2 TB Butter
1 Onion, chopped or sliced
2 t Garlic, crushed
2 cups Green Beans
1 TB Basil, chopped finely
Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Saute the Onion and Garlic in the Butter until soft, add the Green Beans and Basil - stir-fry 1 minute.
2.) Remove from heat and season to taste.
3.) Triple fold a large enough piece of aluminum foil - place the Beans in the center and fold all sides upwards {to form a bowl} and then close the tops tightly, so that no juices will leak out - keep aside.

SWEET HONEY CARROTS

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups Carrots {I used small cubes}
2 TB Butter, melted
2 TB Honey
1 TB Caster Sugar
1 TB Red Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Place the Carrots on a triple folded piece of aluminum foil {as per the beans} - fold slightly to resemble a bowl.
2.) Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the Carrots - close the aluminum foil - keep aside.

BAKED POTATOES

INGREDIENTS:

6 Medium Potatoes, scrubbed clean and pierced several times
Olive Oil
Coarse Sea Salt
Sour Cream, to serve
Spring Onions, chopped, to serve

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Rub the Potatoes with Olive Oil and sprinkle generously with coarse Sea Salt.
2.) Triple fold a large piece of aluminum foil again - place the Potatoes in the center and fold close.

Gently but tightly folded
Place the Potato package on top of the Chicken
Followed by the packet of Beans {see note above**} and the packet of Carrots
All fits nicely
Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 4 -5 hours or 7 - 8 hours on LOW
I opened the top packages a little halfway through and gave the veggies a little stir using a spoon - so as not to tear the aluminum foil
Both vegetables had only enough liquids etc to flavor, other than that it cooked in it's own juices
The Potatoes were cooked soft, but still firm

And there we had our full dinner cooked simultaneously - each keeping their own unique flavor !

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