Sunday, June 13, 2010

I want to hug my Crock-Pot.

I've been trying hard to get into the habit of posting more frequently, but have been distracted with my TV show obsessions as of late. Luckily, they've all finished up their seasons, so I can finally get back to my LIFE. And this blog.

This slow-cooker stroganoff was something I made a while back, when it was probably a bit cooler. But with June gloom in full swing, a warm, meaty plate of slow-cooked beef and pasta is totally appropriate for dinner, I say.

Beef Stroganoff (recipe adapted from Everyday Food)

2-3 pounds beef chuck (with decent marbling), trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 sweet brown onion, chopped
2/3 pounds white button mushrooms, trimmed and halved
1/3 pounds cremini mushrooms, trimmed and halved
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Cooked egg noodles, rotini, or other short pasta
Chopped fresh dill, for garnish

In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, toss beef, onion and mushrooms with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Turn off or keep on warm.

In a 2-cup heatproof measuring cup, stir cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Ladle about a cup of cooking liquid into measuring cup, whisk to combine. Pour mixture into a small saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 minute, until smooth and thickened. Pour cornstarch mixture into slow cooker and stir well. Stir in sour cream and Dijon mustard.

Serve beef over noodles and garnish generously with dill and a dollop of sour cream, if desired (and you will desire it).

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Bonus: A short play about me and Crock-Pots. Based on a true story.

Walking through Target with her boyfriend, IV spots a Crock-Pot on sale.

G: But ... you already have a Crock-Pot.
IV: But THIS one has a digital timer!
G: You just said the other day you wanted to hug your Crock-Pot after it worked all day and made some delicious beef stroganoff for you. And this is how you show your appreciation?
(After a long pause.)
IV: Fine. (Another pause.) I'm sorry.
G: Don't apologize to me.

Later, at home, Inez hugs her Crock-Pot tenderly.

Annnd scene.


DanGarion said...

You can cheer on the crock pot all you want, I'm cheering on the pressure cooker!

Inez Valentina said...

Ahh, the pressure cooker is also well-loved by my family! Haven't quite gotten the knack for it myself yet though.

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