Slow Cooker Cola Pot Roast

It’s cold outside! I’ve been in comfort food mode lately, and this is the perfect cozy, cold weather main dish. Assemble this roast in the slow cooker in the morning or at lunch time. Savor the aroma all afternoon, or be greeted by the yumminess as you come home from work. The sugar from the cola adds sweetness to the meat and helps to tenderize it.

Slow Cooker Cola Pot Roast

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup cola-flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce seasoning mix (a store bought packet would also work)
  • 1 coarsely chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped celery (about 3-4 stalks, give or take)
  • 1 additional teaspoon salt (the sauce seasoning mix has salt in it as well – so you can omit this if you’re watching your salt)
  • Additional garlic, minced, if desired (there’s dry minced garlic in the seasoning mix, too)
  • 3 lbs. beef chuck roast (the roast pictured above is bottom round)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, break up tomatoes in their juice. Stir in cola, spaghetti sauce seasoning mix, celery, and the additional salt and garlic if desired. Stir until spaghetti sauce mix is dissolved.
  2. Place the onion in the crock pot and put the roast right on top. Pour the sauce mixture over the roast and cover.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.

So how about you? What’s your favorite cold weather comfort food? Link to the recipe in the comments – I’d love to check it out!

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Three Cheese Corn Casserole

Welcome to Thanksgiving Prep Week! All week long, I’ll be posting tried-and-true recipes well-suited for the Thanksgiving table. Some of these recipes are recent finds, while others have had a place of honor in my recipe box since I was a newlywed. I hope in these recipes you’ll find just the right addition to your Thanksgiving (or any holiday!) menu. So let’s begin, shall we?

This first dish is a relatively recent addition to my personal cookbook. My mom shared the original recipe with me (actually, I think it was my dad that found and baked the recipe, but my mom was the one who extolled its cheesy, comfort food virtues.)

This is a fluffy, sweet and savory bread pudding-like casserole with little pockets of cheesy goodness baked throughout. It will make a decadent addition to your holiday table. Hopefully, you’ll be so woozy from the tryptophan in the Thanksgiving turkey that you won’t have the energy to quibble over the fat grams. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Three Cheese Corn Casserole

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You’ll need:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted, plus additional for greasing
  • 3 cups fresh (or frozen, defrosted) corn kernels, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces each of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 (4-oz) can diced green chiles
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter (or use cooking spray) on a 2-quart rectangular casserole dish.

2. In a blender or food processor, puree 1 cup of the corn kernels with melted butter and eggs.

3. In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except Parmesan. Add pureed corn mixture and mix well. Pour into casserole dish, sprinkle with Parmesan, and bake for 40 minutes, or until set and golden (check on it at 30 minutes – you don’t want it to dry out, but you want it to be completely set in the middle.)

This dish can be sliced and served in small squares to feed a crowd. Enjoy!

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Mac and Cheese in the Rice Cooker

I have found this to be one of the easiest (and yummiest) ways to prepare mac and cheese. The pasta cooks quickly in the rice cooker, and while your pasta is cooking you can shred your cheeses to have ready to stir in once the rice cooker has done its job. I have listed swiss, cheddar, and jack cheeses in my recipe, but you can experiment to make this recipe your own. I would recommend keeping the swiss, as that adds a nice creaminess to the dish.

  • 2 cups macaroni
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream (I feel guilty every time I use heavy cream in anything. Sometimes I use a can of evaporated milk instead – The end result is not quite as creamy, but it is still very yummy. The photo above was taken on an “evaporated milk” day.)
  • ½ cup shredded swiss
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • ½ cup monterey jack
  • ½ teaspoon salt and pepper
  • Pinch of Cayenne pepper

Place pasta, chicken stock, and cream into your rice cooker with salt, pepper and cayenne. Close lid and start cooking on the “white rice” setting. I check on the pasta every 5-7 minutes or so, as my rice cooker cooks the pasta much faster than it’s “white rice” time. Rice cookers vary, so check your pasta often for tenderness.

Once pasta is al dente, and liquids have been partially absorbed, (it should look creamy, not watery) add cheeses, stir well, and allow to heat through. Serve right away.

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