Friday, March 14, 2008

Weekend Cookbook Challenge - Crockpots etc.

Hi there! Had a wonderful time with this challenge - I haven't used a crockpot in years so hauled my old West Bend crockpot off the top closet shelf, dusted and washed it and put in the food. Forgot how easy it was to cook this way as I did all the ingredient prep. the day before. The recipe book is modern: "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two," by Beth Hensperger, published 2007. Here's the recipe:

Red Curry Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk

1 red chile, seeded (I used one dried red chile)
1 tablespoon red curry paste
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
One 1-1/2 inch chunk fresh ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt
2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed of fat
One 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
1/2 chopped dried mango pieces

1. Place the chile, red curry paste, onion, ginger, lime juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth to make a loose puree. Scrape into a heavy quart-size zipper-top plastic bag. Add the chicken and mix around to coat completely with the paste. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Without shaking it, open the can of coconut milk. Carefully spoon off the top one-third of the liquid in the can (about 1/2 cup) and add it to the chicken. (The thick portion on top is called the coconut cream; reserve the remaining coconut milk for another purpose.) Stir well to distribute the ingredients and coat the chicken with coconut cream. Add the mango pieces and stir again. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Serve hot.

Thanks to Lisa of La Mia Cucina for hosting this Crockpot challenge - I might actually start using it more often now; they seem to have come into fashion again. Heather of Sherry Trifle-Lovely Cats

Photo of my efforts: I think it looks quite good although I haven't tasted it yet. Am looking forward to next month's challenge whatever it is.


barnan said...

This crockpot chicken dish looked so delicious and hearty. It gives me incentive to drag mine out. i hope mine comes out as yummy looking!

Sara said...

That does look very good! Thank you for taking part in WCC this month, I hope we'll see you again.

kellypea said...

The ingredients list is making me drool. I'm soooooo into curry these days and this recipe sounds totally yummy. Plus, you gotta love food that you can cook in ONE pan, right? Cheers!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Hello Kellypea: Yes, curry is divine. Indian dishes are some of my favorites. The old crockpot will be used again for midweek cooking - nice and easy.Best. Heather