Crockpot Turkey Meatballs


Happy Monday!

I wanted to share a recipe I made a couple of weeks ago. We were hosting a surprise 21st birthday party for my daughter’s boyfriend. I needed to make something I could put in the crockpot BUT it also needed to be gluten-free. I saw this recipe on Sallysbakingaddiction.com and knew I could sub out the 2/3 cup panko and it would be perfect! I needed to find something that was gluten-free but that wasn’t heavy or would take away from the taste and texture of the original recipe. I decided on Food Should Taste Good’s All Natural Multigrain Tortilla Chips. I pulsed them in the food processor until I had the same texture as panko. They worked perfectly! THe dish was  a big hit, everyone loved them!

This would be a great meal on those nights that can get overloaded during the busy school year. I made it for dinner for my family last week (and I chose to do the gluten-free version.) I served Seeds of Change’s Certified Organic Quinoa and Brown Rice with garlic, and a simple salad with fresh veggies out of my garden.

Below is the original posting on http://www.sallysbakingaddition.com.

Enjoy and Happy Cooking,

Vonnie

This is my favorite recipe for classic crockpot turkey meatballs. They’re spiced just right, incredibly tender, filled with tons of flavor, and there’s hardly any work involved.

Yield: about 25 medium-size meatballs

prep time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 6 HOURS 35 MINUTES

This is my favorite recipe for classic crockpot turkey meatballs. They're spiced just right, incredibly tender, filled with tons of flavor, and there's hardly any work involved.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound 97-98% lean ground turkey*
  • 1 pound 92-93% lean ground turkey*
  • 2/3 cup (40g) Panko*
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (22g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion sweet onion, sliced
  • two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • chopped fresh basil for serving, optional

Directions:

1) Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground turkey, Panko, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, parmesan, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix everything up just so the ingredients are combined – avoid overmixing. Roll into desired size balls – mine were slightly larger than a golf ball. Some people prefer them larger, some prefer them smaller. Place all rolled meatballs on a large baking sheet.

2) Place onion slices in the bottom of the crockpot, topped with 1 can of crushed tomatoes.

3) Coat a large skillet with remaining Tablespoon of olive oil and bring to medium-high heat. Lightly brown the meatballs (only 6-8 meatballs at a time) for about 1 minute on each side. Do not skip this step – read above for why. Layer the meatballs into the crockpot as you’re browning each batch. Once all browned meatballs have been added to the crockpot, pour remaining can of tomatoes on top.

4) Cover and cook on low for 6-6.5 hours. Serve with pasta, as meatball subs, plain, etc. No matter how I serve them, I always top with a little chopped fresh basil. Store leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Pepper Sandwiches


Peppery Beef SandwichesI was shocked when I was reading a recent article about the advantages of using a Slow Cooker and read many people around the world simply haven’t heard of a slow cooker, yet alone have they had the pleasure of cooking in one. Think about it, for decades now, we’ve all been brought up that most of our mom’s kitchens and now ours have at least one slow cooker ( I have three). But the slow cooker still remains widely unknown. The slow cooker, also called a Crockpot is an appliance which takes longer to cook your food. But, as a wise person once said, “those who wait and are patient, always win the race”.
Now yes, slow cooking your food may take up to 8+ hours in length, but the process is well worth it. You can set up your slow cooker and leave it cooking for hours without looking at it once. In fact, that’s the main selling point. You can leave it cooking away while you’re at work. And when you walk in the door, Dinner is Served (well…almost!!)
You can adapt many conventional recipes for the slow cooker. Any oven or stove top recipe that has some moisture in it–whether from water, broth, wine, sauce, or canned soup–should work beautifully in your favorite appliance, just keep these things in mind:
•Cut all liquid amounts in half when adjusting for the slow cooker.
•The low heat setting is approximately 200 degrees F (95 degrees C) and high heat is about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
•For every hour you’d cook something in the oven or on the stove, allow 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
This sandwich recipe is to die for! The slow-cooked beef becomes so tender that it shreds easily with a fork. And the banana peppers add so much flavor. Top it with a slice of Swiss cheese and it becomes indescribable!
Enjoy and Happy Cooking,
Vonnie

Ingredients:

3 pound boneless beef chuck or eye of round roast
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP. instant beef bouillon granules
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-16 ounce jar Banana peppers (mild or hot), drained. Reserve a bit of the juice
Swiss Cheese slices (optional)
Buns

Directions:
In a 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker and combine meat, onion, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon granules, oregano, basil, thyme, and garlic.
Cover; cook on low setting for 10 hours or on high setting for 5-6 hours. Shred meat with fork/s. Stir in drained banana peppers and a little of the juice.
If adding cheese, spoon meat on buns and top with cheese. Broil sandwiches until cheese melts.
Servings: 8 large sandwiches

Grandma Taylor’s Cabbage Rolls


an·tic·i·pa·tion

noun

1.the act of anticipating or the state of being anticipated.
2.realization in advance; foretaste.
3.expectation or hope.
4.previous notion; slight previous impression.
5.intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience.
Origin:  1540–50; (< Middle French ) < Latin anticipātiōn- (stem of anticipātiō ), equivalent to anticipāt ( us ) (past participle; see anticipate) + -iōn- -ion
Why did I start my blog off with the definition of anticipation?
To enrich my readings vocabulary?
Sure…but I am confident you already frequent this word in your daily life.
To educate you in the origin?
Ok….I do love finding the derivation from a source.
To make my readers wait just a few more seconds for my most requested recipe?
YES!!
                                                                                                       
SO…..here it is the most requested recipe.  When I make these or my mother makes these for parties everyone asks “Can I PLEASE have the recipe?”
BUT…before I divulge the secret,  I have to tell you how this recipe started in my family.
Here goes….
As you have read in my other posts, I had the most wonderful Grandma in the world.  She was smart, and funny, and beautiful.  I loved her with all my heart and I wanted to grow up to be just like her.  She worked in the Trumbull County Recorders office. Anything that when through the courts, crossed my Grandmother’s desk and she recorded it in huge ledger books. I used to love to go to her office. Anyhow…
She was friends with the”local” celebrity Norma Antenucci.  Norma had a local cooking show back in the 60’s, and she published a cookbook called “Norma presents….. a collection of her favorite recipes. (I have my Grandma’s signed copy)
My Grandma would make these cabbage rolls when I was growing up and it was always a big family favorite.  My mother carried on the family tradition after my Grandma passed. And now it is my turn.
My family isn’t one of those richly ethnic families with great traditions passed down generation to generation. I always dreamed of being in a family that was so lucky .  But I do have some stories and recipes that come close. We were a very close family and I always loved my Sunday’s with my Grandma and Grandpa Taylor.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do and my family does.  And I would be honored if it became one of your traditions and much-anticipated recipes in your repertoire.
Hope you enjoy and Happy Cooking,
Vonnie
Grandma Taylor’s Cabbage Rolls
Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound pork sausage or ground pork
3/4 cup raw rice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/8 tsp. celery salt
1 large head cabbage
1 large can sauerkraut, drained
1 can tomato paste diluted with 3 cans of water.
Directions:
Cook head of cabbage, core side up, in saucepan with about 2 inches of water.  Cover.  Steam just long enough for the leaves to become pliable and easily removed.  Cut off tough core at bottom of leaf.
Combine meat, raw rice, slightly beaten eggs and seasonings.
Place a large spoonful of meat mixture on cabbage leaf and roll leaf starting at the bottom end of leaf.  Tuck under the sides to give packaged look.  Make as many rolls until you’ve used all the meat mixture.
Make a layer of sauerkraut in bottom of roasting pan.  Place a layer of cabbage rolls on top of kraut.  Repeat until all cabbage rolls are used and end with sauerkraut on the top.  Pour tomato sauce over all.  Cover tightly.  Bake in a moderate oven 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours.
My Grandma and my mother always serve these with Mashed potatoes.
*I have also done this recipe in the crockpot and it comes out perfectly.

Slow Cooker Beef and Tortellini Soup


Nothing says Autumn more than a bowl of  this fabulous soup my friend Debbie shared with me.  She is such a wonderful person and I feel privileged to know her. She is “old school” and believes no matter how busy your day, you should have a home cooked meal.  And if the family can all eat together;  Better yet!   This recipe is a great reason to “SLOW” down at the end of your busy day and reward yourself with a very satisfying dinner. I love to serve this with a big salad,  fresh-baked bread and some apple cake for dessert!

FYI…I have made this for my meat-free families and it’s just as good as a vegetarian soup. I added some white beans (cannellini) for the fiber. YUMMY!

Happy Fall!

Enjoy and Happy Cooking~

Vonnie

Ingredients:
1# beef stew meat                                                                                  
1 Tablespoon steak seasoning
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons sugar
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
32 oz. beef broth
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
2 cups frozen cheese filled tortellini  or gnocchi
1 can green beans, drained

Directions: 
In a large skillet, brown stew meat in a little oil for 3-5 minutes add steak seasoning to meat while browning.
Place meat in slowcooker. Add onion, carrots, garlic, sugar, tomatoes, and beef broth in order listed.
Cover; cook on low setting for 8 hours.
Stir in basil, frozen tortellini and green beans. Increase heat to high.
Cover;cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

Note: I have also used gnocchi and just a good!!

Slow-Cooked Southwestern Beef from Hinessightblog


 Today I wanted to share with everyone a blog I read often.  http://www.hinessightblog.com/ 

On the Hines-Sight blog,  you’ll find simple, true Southern tales. Leigh will share the daily joys, chaos, and sometimes “pull your hair out” experiences of having small children in one’s forties.  The occasional pitfalls of living on one professional salary, her life experiences, her luxury hotel obsession, and a whole lot of This and That!   She says “Grab a cup of tea or glass of wine, sit back, and travel around the country with her as she takes a peak of some of the world’s best hotels”.  She loves to talk about travel, and if that trip involves a luxury hotel then she’s in heaven.   Her name is Leigh Powell Hines, and she started the Hines-Sight Blog right after her 42nd birthday to help melt a little bit of stress in her life.  She is a former TV Journalist/Communications Executive who made a major career change when she became a first-time and full-time stay-at-home mom at the age of 37.   She also writes weekly for the Raleigh News and Observer’s parenting site called  TriangleMom2Mom.   Her posts are featured on Wednesdays.

 You will find this recipe on her blog, but I loved it so much from the moment I read it and knew I needed to share it!  I really enjoyed just putting everything in the crock pot and letting it do ALL the work for me.  I devoured my sandwiches using the tortillas, but I am sure it is equally as good on a nice crusty roll.  Perfect for those busy summer nights when you have a lot to do before you can sit down to the dinner table.

As always Enjoy and Happy cooking,                                                    

Slow-Cooked Southwestern Beef

From “A Second Helping, Please!” Post
From: “A Dash of Down East–a second helping” by The Junior Guild of Rocky Mount, NC

1 3 to 4 pound chuck roast
Salt and pepper to taste
4  14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with green chiles  (As I type this for you, I realized I only used two cans because sometimes I misread the recipe before going to the grocery store, but my version  with two cans was very tasty)
2 yellow onions, chopped (I only used half an onion, and also some Onion Onion from Tastefully simple)

Place roast in large crock pot and cover with remaining ingredients.  Cook for at least 6 hours (the longer the better), or until meat has shredded and all the liquid has absorbed into the beef.

Serve in Tortillas with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, chopped onion (optional), and sour cream or toppings of your choice.

If you are a non-beef eater, I think the recipe would also work great with chicken breasts.
Hines-Sight Blog was granted permission to share this recipe from this cookbook