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Taco Stew

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I found this recipe on the wildly popular Crock Pot Girls Facebook page. They do a crock pot video on You Tube every Monday. This was their recipe last Monday. I use creamed corn instead of regular or frozen corn.

This is basically a kicked up chilli. It has the best flavor and I’m pretty sure we will be making this instead of regular chilli forever more. It is THAT good!

Taco Stew

1lb cooked & drained ground beef (you can cook with half a chopped onion as well, I prefer with the onion)

1 can Rotel

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can Ranch Style Beans (any flavor)

1 can Ranch Style Pinto Beans

*NOTE* For my friends out east and in the midwest you could use a can of Busch’s southwest flavor grillin beans and then a regular can of pinto beans since you don’t have Ranch Style brand out there.

1 pkg taco seasoning

1 pkg dry ranch dressing mix

1 can creamed corn

Spray inside of crock pot with non stick cooking spray. Add cooked ground beef and all ingredients into crock pot. Cook on low 4-6 hours. I usually turn to ‘Warm’ after five hours. Serve with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or Fritos. ūüôā

The Best French Onion Soup (no, really!)

I found this recipe gem on the Cookography blog.¬† Just normal people like me who love to cook as well.¬† They found it in Cook’s Illustrated.¬† I made my own beef broth for which you can google a recipe for. I did not use any chicken broth as I think it has a much richer flavor using all beef.¬† I highly suggest you make your own broth, it will make all the difference.¬† I made mine from the rib bones from two prime ribs we enjoyed over the holidays.¬† Broth is great because it freezes so¬† nicely and can be conveniently pulled out of the freezer when needed.¬† I also didn’t make the cheese croutons.¬† I simply bought a mini loaf of 3 cheese baguette from my local bakery and placed two slices into each bowl and topped with the Gruyere and baked in broiler.¬† Can’t wait for everyone to try this!

Serves 5-6

Notes:

For the best flavor, make the soup a day or 2 in advance. Alternatively, the onions can be prepared through step 1, cooled in the pot, and refrigerated for up to 3 days before proceeding with the recipe.
Ingredients:

Soup

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 3 pieces
  • 6 large yellow onions (about 4 pounds), halved and cut pole to pole into 1/4-inch-thick slices (Make sure you get Yellow)
  • Table salt
  • 2 cups water, plus extra for deglazing
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (They recommend Swanson Certified Organic Free Range Chicken Broth )
  • 2 cups beef broth (They recommend Pacific Beef Broth)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme , tied with kitchen twine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Ground black pepper

Cheese Croutons

  • 1 small baguette , cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 ounces shredded Gruy√®re cheese (about 2 1/2 cups)

Directions:

For the soup:

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Generously spray the inside of a heavy-bottomed large (at least 7-quart) Dutch oven with a nonstick cooking spray. Place the butter in the pot and add the onions and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, covered, for 1 hour (the onions will be moist and slightly reduced in volume). Remove the pot from the oven and stir the onions, scraping the bottom and sides of the pot. Return the pot to the oven with the lid slightly ajar and continue to cook until the onions are very soft and golden brown, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours longer, stirring the onions and scraping bottom and sides of pot after 1 hour.
  3. Carefully remove pot from oven and place over medium-high heat. Using oven mitts to handle pot, cook onions, stirring frequently and scraping bottom and sides of pot, until the liquid evaporates and the onions brown, 15 to 20 minutes, reducing the heat to medium if the onions are browning too quickly. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the pot bottom is coated with a dark crust, roughly 6 to 8 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary. (Scrape any fond that collects on spoon back into onions.)
  4. Stir in 1/4 cup water, scraping the pot bottom to loosen crust, and cook until water evaporates and pot bottom has formed another dark crust, 6 to 8 minutes. Repeat process of deglazing 2 or 3 more times, until onions are very dark brown. Stir in the sherry and cook, stirring frequently, until the sherry evaporates, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the broths, 2 cups of water, thyme, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, scraping up any final bits of browned crust on bottom and sides of pot.
  6. Increase heat to high and bring to simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard herbs, then season with salt and pepper.

For the croutons:

  1. While the soup simmers, arrange the baguette slices in single layer on baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven until the bread is dry, crisp, and golden at edges, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

To serve:

  1. Adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Set individual broiler-safe crocks on baking sheet and fill each with about 1 3/4 cups soup. Top each bowl with 1 or 2 baguette slices (do not overlap slices) and sprinkle evenly with Gruyère. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly around edges, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

before baking in my 9qt oval dutch oven

right before the stovetop deglazing process

I know you want it!

Polish Dill Pickle Soup

Polish Dill Pickle Soup   picklesoup

  • 6¬†cups vegetable stock¬†or chicken stock¬†or beef stock
  • 4¬†large dill pickles, shredded
  • 1/2¬†cup pickle juice, from the pickle jar
  • 2 1/2¬†cups thinly sliced¬†potatoes
  • 2¬†tablespoons instant flour (regular flour will work too)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • ¬†1 cup milk¬†
  • ¬†1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter

Garnish

  • chopped¬†fresh dill
  • sour cream
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan or soup pot with cover, combine stock, pickles, pickle liquid & potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook covered, over low heat until potatoes start to get soft (about 10 minutes).
  2. Combine flour and milk, add to broth, bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  3. Combine egg and butter and stir into broth.
  4. Return pot to the stove and heat through without boiling. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with sour cream and or dill.

This soup was incredible!¬† If you enjoy pickles you will certainly like this soup.¬† Simple and easy recipe.¬† Too simple for me, I added crumbled fresh kielbasa that I fried up in a skillet.¬† Pair with a hot crusty bread to soak up the creamy broth.¬† My young kids also really loved this…for me it’s a winner!!!