#SundaySupper: One Pot Recipes

Don’t you love a meal that is made in one pot?

One pot to clean, one pot to choose and if you are really clever the same pot can be used for leftovers.

And we all know how clever you all are.

One pot meal are especially wonderful to stretch your grocery dollar too.  My dish is pretty in the end-so pretty that you wouldn’t even guess that it was made with a $5.00 chicken.  Yep, a fiver.  Chickens go on sale (GREAT chickens-hormone and organic and cheap) every-so-often in my local grocery store and when I spot them I fill my freezer.  

I decided to make a total classic called Coq au Vin (wine and chicken) but it’s not just a great one pot meal but I’ve made it even easier by putting it in my slowcooker.

I’ve actually used my slowcooker a whole bunch of times for this dish but it was my sister-in-law asking if it were possible that made me actually write it down.

I started with my cheapie chicken and I jointed it.

Never done this before?  I’m working on a video to help you out with that.

 Honestly, I just need to get over seeing myself and all my awkwardness on film.

Back to the treats though…

I’ve a bit of flour seasoned with salt and pepper and I dip my jointed chicken into it.

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Everything else gets gathered up and ready for the slowcooker; juniper berries (REALLY good in most stews and smells like gin), garlic, bacon, thyme, cremini mushrooms and pearl onions. Why cremini?  I really like these earthy mushrooms for their meaty taste and texture.  If you can’t find them-don’t panic.  White mushrooms will be just as great.

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All the veg get popped into the slowcooker, bacon gets fried (keep the grease-you’ll use it in a second) and both stock and wine get added to the pot.

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Take that floured chicken and fry it up.  Throw it in the pot with everything else and cook on low for 6.5 hours.  The flour that you coated your chicken in will thicken the sauce as it burbles away.  Now slowcooker?  

Just bake it (covered) in the oven for 3 hours at 350 degrees.

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And here is what will be waiting for you…

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A fabulous dinner the first night with a bit of bread on the side but even better the next day as leftovers.

Wouldn’t it also be the most perfect dish to serve to company?  A dish that you can make, leave and enjoy spending time with your guests.

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#SundaySupper: Slowcooker Coq au Vin
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups pearl onions
  • half pound bacon brown (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 lb chicken (cut into pieces)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 cups wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • three sprigs fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)
  • 1 T juniper berries (slightly crushed)
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves
Instructions
  1. Toss chicken in flour. Crisp bacon in frypan (reserve the grease) and use the same pan to brown your chicken.
  2. Add all ingredients to slowcooker pot and set for 6.5 hours on low.

 

 

“Take the chill off” Chilis, Soups, and Starters

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Comments

    • Jane says

      Isn’t that so true. WAY too many times I’ve been to folks houses and they’ve been stuck in the kitchen the entire time.

  1. says

    I love slow cooker or oven meals when entertaining for just the reason you mention, Jane. We get to enjoy our guests! I love your slow cooker coq au vin. And I am with you on the cremini mushrooms. I much prefer them to the white buttons.

    • Jane says

      Isn’t it funny with any mushrooms though? Either you love them more than anything or they are just the very worst C:

  2. says

    LOVED that you used your slow cooker!

    Never used juniper berries and am intrigued. Next time I will have to do a search at Whole Foods.

    Lovely photos….I especially love the one of the vegetables and bacon in brown paper.

    • Jane says

      My piggy farmer wraps all my meat like that for me. Makes me feel very ‘Little House on the Prairie’. You’ll love the juniper berries all winter long.

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