Crockpot Creations

Cold weather and the first weeks back to school call for a change in the weekly menu.  Out comes the crockpot from its perch on the 2nd fridge out in the garage.  Here are two easy recipes (new to me).
Crockpot Italian

Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs

from the blog skinnytaste.com

I was skeptical about the potential texture of the meatballs (since I chose to go the quick route and not brown them before adding them to the crockpot – why bother with the crockpot then?).  The meatballs were fine.  The sauce was nothing exciting; some additional seasonings might do the trick.  The ricotta is a must!  It added that little touch of elegance to the dish.  It was really nice to come home, boil the pasta, toss some salad, and have dinner ready.

carnitasSlow Cooker Pork Carnitas

from the blog skinnytaste.com

Talk about EASY – check this recipe out!  I used a 3lb chunk of pork loin, a pretty lean cut of meat.  All I had to prepare when I got home were the fixin’s for tacos – sautéed onions, sliced avacado, salsa, tomatoes, cilantro, thinly sliced radishes, cheese and sour cream.

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Oh yes – I also defrosted a small stash of our New Year’s Mole Sauce.  It provided the perfect punch of flavor to take these tacos to the next level.


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And for a wine- In a pinch, I walked into Spec’s, find a wine person, told him:


1.  Type of dinner- pork tacos
2. Sauces- mole, traditional Spanish/Mexican
3.  Preferred Red
4.  Price point- $15-20
5.  Thinking Italian, since it is a great “food wine”
(I let him to the work in making a great pairing selections, then I approved)

Result:

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