Monday, October 04, 2010

Crash Hot Potatoes

This is from the Pioneer Woman.  I love her blog, especially the cooking section.  If you want to see all the great pictures of her making Crash Hot Potatoes you can click here.

Small new potatoes (as many as you need)
Olive Oil
Kosher salt
Fresh cracked black pepper

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the new potatoes.  Cook until fork tender.  Next, generouly drizzle a pan(s) with olive oil (don't skip this step like I did on one of my pans).  Place potatoes on cookie sheet giving them PLENTY of room to spread out.  Now, take your potato masher and mash the potato gently until is slightly mashes and then turn the masher 90 degrees and do it again.

Now, brush the tops generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Put them in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden.


Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Taken from and changed a bit...

2lbs. stew meat
2 Tbsp. Extra-virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 onion chopped
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 can beef broth
1/2 cup red cooking wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. paprika
McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning Packet
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped

Place flour, seasoned salt and pepper in a gallon zip lock bag and shake.  Add in meat and shake until covered in flour mixture.  Brown meat on all sized in olive oil in a large pan at medium heat (does not need to be cooked through).  After all meat is cooked put it in slow cooker.

To the pan that was just cooked in, add the onion and saute until soft.  Then add to meat.  In a separate bowl mix beef broth, cooking wine and Worcestershire and then pour into the pan that the beef and onions were cooked in to deglaze.  Once all the yummy little bits of food are scraped up pour liquid into crockpot.

Add remaining ingredients and give it a good stir.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 10-12 hours.  Serve with a crusty french bread.

Your house will smell so good!!!