The fall season is where turkey and cranberry sauce rule the dinner table. But when the sight of turkey turns the family to a possible mutiny it might be time to spice up the dinner table with a fresh fall dish. A great choice for doing this is to use the crockpot for a full day cook on some different types of meat. The flavors one can get with a crockpot will make the family come back for more every time. So here are some recipes for the fall crockpot after Thanksgiving.
The first thing a lot of people think of when they think of the crockpot is a big bird cooking in the pot for a couple hours and constantly having to baste the bird while keeping a close eye on the temperature. This constant vigilance that is needed for some recipes turns many people off from the crockpot in general. The first step to using a crockpot well is to find the right crockpot. One like, the Elite 8.5-Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker can hold a small bird or a large venison roast. A great way to cook a venison roast in this slow cooker is to use the Yard Work Recipe. This is cut up three whole carrots, half a Vidalia onion, three chopped stalks of celery, three cubed red potatoes and a fourth of a cup of broth (you can also use water if necessary, but this cuts down on the taste, with venison using a little extra liquid is needed to get rid of the very gamey texture of the meat). Then put in the venison roast, adding a little flavoring to the meat is often a good idea when cooking like this. A good flavoring that works well when slow cooking is a marinade like the Cajun Injector Marinade - Roasted Garlic. This marinade when drizzled on top of the roast and let cook into the meat enhances the flavor of the meat while also giving a great flavor to the vegetables in the slow cooker. After adding the marinade let the meat simmer for 8 to 10 hours and the meal is ready. So going out and doing yard work while dinner cooks is easy and dinner that night is stress free! The great thing about this recipe is that in the morning the setup for the meal takes about 20 minutes and the cleanup is quick, so for an on the go family who wants a nice sit down meal this recipe is great!
Another recipe that is great for a quick setup and long cook time is to use the same recipe above accept substitute the venison for a whole chicken, or chicken breasts. For this recipe when using a whole chicken stuffing the insides of the chicken with the vegetables leads to a great spread of taste throughout the entire pallet of food. Also in this recipe using something like a dollop of Three Little Pigs Kansas City Sweet Barbeque Sauce, on top of the chicken instead of the garlic marinade is a great way to get a barbeque flavor with the fall off the bone meat that so many people like. If the family likes a little kick to their chicken adding a little Cherith Valley Gardens Habanero Salsa, to the barbeque sauce can liven up a dish especially when the sauces are allowed to cook into the meat for 8 to 10 hours.
These dishes are great for any family that is constantly on the go but would like to set aside time at the end of the day for a good sit down meal. With the wide variety of meats that can be used for this recipe from duck to ham to venison to beef there is sure to be a taste for even the most picky eaters in the family. As always happy hunting and good luck!