WHATEVER YOU DO—warn her NOT to cook chicken with the skin on it in the crockpot. The fat in the skin will form a thick greasy liquid layer over everything in the pot. [I]bleeeeech![/I]
Here’s a couple of my favorites, tho’ they are real southern dishes–a northerner might not care for the first 2 (using ham hocks means the skin and bones have to be fished out later). The third and fourth ought to be appealing to most folks tho’.
2 1# bags of butterbeans, frozen or dry (If you have to you can substitute large limas…the small ones are nasty)
2 smoked ham hocks (if you can smell the smokiness thru’ the package you got good ones)
1 cup fozen okra
Toss into a crock pot, cover with water to an inch or 2 (preferably 2) above food, cook on high for 8 hours. Serve with cornbread, green onions, slices of ripe tomato, and plenty of peppersauce.
2 smoked ham hocks
2 1# bags collard, mustard, turnip or other greens.
Cover with water and cook in crockpot on high 8 hours. Serve with peppersauce and cornbread.
Ham Dinner (kind of the Southern version of the New England Boiled Dinner)
1/4 of a smoked picnic ham
1# bag of baby carrots
2 1#cans sliced or small whole potatoes (my preference) or diced potatoes (skin on has the most nutrients)
1# can of Italian green beans
Toss in crock pot, do not drain water from cans of veggies, cover with water. Cook on high 8 hours or so. The smoked picnic ham will give a nice rich broth, and should be fork tender. Serve with cornbread.
Meat of choice (couple of ham hocks, or 1# drained bowned ground beef works, or browned stew beef…never tried skinless chicken or smoked turkey)
4# of veggies of choice–I use a can of diced tomatoes, a drained can of whole corn, a can of italian green beans, and a can of potatoes.
1/2 onion, diced
I also add a handful of dried beans (blackeyes or Speckled butterbeans or large limas), a tablespoon of minced garlic, and a cup of okra.
if not using smoked ham, add a couple-3 cubes of boullion.
Cover with water and cook on high for 8 or so hours. Rolls go well with beef, cornbread with ham.
…Dang it, now I’m hungry.