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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Crockpot Meal Makeover

There's nothing like coming into a home with the wonderful aroma of dinner wafting through the house from the crockpot.  While I love my crockpot, I'm not always thinking ahead.  Enter the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker that is like a crockpot for your microwave.

"Gasp!" you say.  "Fear Not!" I say.  What do I like about this product?  The fact that I can put dinner on the table in LESS THAN 15 minutes.  I can put my pork tenderloin, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, hamburger, chops, even pasta, in the Deep Covered Baker, put in it the microwave for anywhere from 9-15 minutes.  Meanwhile, I pull the rest of my dinner together on the stove top, set the table, pour the drinks, and VOILA, dinner is served.  "The chicken doesn't brown," you say.  "Try it," I say.  The most tender, moist stuff you've ever had.  Throw a marinade on it if you absolute must color the chicken.  "It doesn't brown in the crockpot, either," I add.

As an added bonus, for those of you with crazy sports schedules like me - I set out plates and all the accouterments for the meal and let family members serve themselves as they come in throughout the evening.  The baker keeps food warm for several hours.  SCORE one for mom!


I've revamped several quick, throw together in the crockpot meals into a Deep Covered Baker meal.  Here's what we're having tonight.

Chicken Teriyaki
1lb chicken (sliced, cubed or however)
1c chicken broth*
1/2c Teriyaki or soy sauce
1/3c brown sugar
3minced garlic cloves

*Today I am out of chicken broth, so I substitute 1/2 wine and 1/2 water. After all, the chicken broth is just to boost the flavor.  The wine will do quite nicely.  

Directions:  Place chicken in bottom of crock pot (or Deep Covered Baker) then in separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients then pour over chicken.  Cook on high  for 4 to 6 hours  or low 6 to 8 hours: OR  Cook on high in microwave in Deep Covered Baker for 12 minutes.  Serve over rice (I like Japanese Sweet Rice, my favorite).

1 comment:

  1. I have one of these bakers and a whole packet of recipes specifically designed for it and yet I never use it (not sure why...) You have inspired me though so I will pull it down off my baker's rack where it looks so pretty and actually put it to use.
    Question: how do you clean it? I just remembered why I got a bit turned off of it...I once baked a whole chicken in it and though I cleaned it according to instructions, the chicken grease smell remained for a longggg time. What did I do wrong?