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Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 13, 2008 @ 2:34 pm In Main Dishes,Meal Planning,Recipes,Slow Cooking,URS | 26 Comments

Ultimate Recipe Swap

One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends [3] can save the day.

Remember the handy dandy crockpot [4]?

Well, bust it out, ladies, ’cause busy days are here again. And your slow cooker [4] could save you from one more Big Mac.

Here is an oft-requested recipe at our house. Yes, I know it’s a little wierd. But, you knew that about us already. For the record, FishPapa does not care for it. He would never claim it as a family favorite.

We still laugh over the first time my brother-in-law was treated to this dish. Janel and Brett were very newly engaged, and my sister was teaching him the “right way” to eat it (potatoes chopped, lots of juice, etc.) At the end, she lifted her plate and slurped the juices!

Yes, we’re also amazed that he still married her. But, this dish is good enough to lick the plate clean, and I must confess, I’ve done just that. We did that all the time growing up!

The FishKids are now the third generation to fall in love with this dish. It’s plain, hearty peasant food. My granny probably made it in a dutch oven. Nanna uses a pressure cooker.

For years I only got to taste this home treat when Mom visited because I am too timid to try using the pressure cooker without her. No way do I want to scrape sauerkraut off my cottage-cheese ceiling! But, last winter I tried it in the crockpot with great success.



What’s your family’s favorite meal to make in the crockpot? Share it on your blog, link to this post, and come back to link your post here.

OR, feel free to share it in the comments. Either way, I can’t wait to see what plate-licking delicacy is in my future!


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