Pot Roast Sliders with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

AH.MAZ.ING.

And super easy because it’s all done in the crock pot. All you have to do is put everything in and just …..wait. And smell. And expect to be very, very hungry by the time it’s ready because this stuff will tease you. Seriously.

Okay, I have to confess something. You know how slow cooker recipes will give you an approximate cooking time for low vs high heat? Well, in the case of slow cooking poultry I have to say that it’s almost always on target. But for beef roasts and the like, well, when I give a cooking time in my recipes, they really are more of just a guideline. And I’ll even tell you why. When I cook a beef roast I always, ALWAYS opt for the lowest setting. This makes for the tenderest meat. This is especially important when you’re aiming for meat that falls apart, which I usually am. I don’t know about you but a lot of the time my recipes aren’t ready in 6 to 8 hours, and sometimes not even in 8 to 10. Of course, sometimes it just depends on the cut of meat, but case in point,  I literally had to leave this in the crock pot for about 15 hours until it was tender enough to shred with two forks. And it was worth it. So don’t be afraid to let it simmer all day.

*UPDATE 11/6/13: I’ve since made this with a venison tenderloin cut into medalions, served over brown rice and it was *~*AWESOME*~* (imagine me singing that) Also, I made the creamy chipotle sauce for those of us who wanted to stir it in….yeah….it was fabulous. So if you’ve got deer meat, don’t be afraid to try this recipe- you will not be sorry!

 

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Pot Roast Sliders 

3.5 – 4 lb. beef roast

1 envelope Italian dressing mix

1 envelope onion soup mix

1 envelop au jus mix (or 2 T beef boullion)

1 cup water

1 cup salsa

swiss cheese, sliced

Small rolls (I used mini kaiser buns)

1. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and place roast inside. Combine the 3 envelopes of mixes with the water and salsa well and then pour over the meat. Set on low and give it at least 8 hours. Turn the meat every 2 hours or so, allowing each side to simmer in the juices.

2. Once the meat is tender enough, shred it and return to the slow cooker.

3. To assemble the sandwiches, split a hawaiian roll, or bread of your choice. On the bottom half place a slice of swiss cheese. On the top half smear some creamy chipotle sauce, then place desired amount of shredded beef in between.

4. Nom nom nom.

Creamy Chipotle Sauce

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tsp sriracha chili sauce

1 tsp horseradish or horseradish sauce

 Combine these ingredients well and allow time to chill in refrigerator. Make extra if you like a lot of sauce 🙂

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Bacon & Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle-Adobo Mayo

I have this thing for sliders.  I don’t really know why a mini-burger is so much tastier than a regular-sized one, but they are definitely more fun. I’ve done a few other sliders (check out my Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Garlic Aioli and these great little General Tso’s Chicken Sliders with Cole Slaw), and these are definitely joining the other recipes on my remake list.

The corn muffins are great on their own, which is what the original recipe is for, but then I thought making it into a slider would be cool.  And it was 🙂  Just mix together a little mayo and seasonings for a yummy aioli and you’ve got yourself something pretty awesome.

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Bacon & Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders

11 oz. cornmeal

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup pastry flour*

1 1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup mayo

1 large egg

3 T chopped chives

8 turkey bacon slices, cooked crisp and crumbled

1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles

1 lb. ground meat (I used turkey)

1 pkg. onion soup mix

sliced cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400*.  Grease muffin tins or line with foil cupcake liners.

2. Make the muffins, or “buns”, by combining the cornmeal, sugar, flour (*if you don’t have pastry flour you can remove 1/2 tsp from the regular flour and replace it with 1/2 tsp cornstarch- sift well), milk, mayo (sour cream works, too), and egg in a large bowl until well blended. Stir in the chives, bacon, and cheese.

3. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes.

4. Make the sliders by combining the meat with the onion soup  mix. Form into patties, about 2 oz. each, and grill or cook in pan (I use my counter-top Foreman grill).

5. When muffins are done and slightly cooled, cut lengthwise through the middle to create a bun with a top and a bottom half.

Chipotle-Adobo Mayo

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 tsp chipotle seasoning

1/2 tsp Adobo seasoning

6. Combine these ingredients well and refrigerate until ready to use.

7. When assembling the sliders place a small square of cheddar cheese on  the bottom portion of the muffin or on the meat patty, add a dollop of the aioli, place over it all the top portion of the muffin, and enjoy!

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September Menu ~ 2013

This month I am including breakfast and lunch recipes/ideas because we are a brown-bag kind of family. If you’ve been reading here long enough you know that Number Two isn’t a big lunch eater anyway, so not only is it economical for me to pack lunches for the kids, it also allows me to control how much potential waste there might be.

An example of this would be to pack Two only half a sandwich, about 4 carrot sticks and a PB-To-Go cup, maybe a dozen mini pretzels and a juice box. Other days I might give him a snack bag sized portion of veggie or tortilla chips and maybe 2 cookies along with his half sandwich or other “main” lunch item. And I can’t even be sure he eats all of that, little portions as they are. So you can see how getting something nutritional yet fun and tasty in him is important to me, and let’s face it, those school lunches aren’t very nutritious (no matter what their campaign says).

I have a lot of new and exciting recipes to share with you this month! Be sure to stay posted while I’m working on them and watch for the red links to appear as I post each one.

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Dinner Meal Plan

Skillet Ratatouille and Chicken

Oven Baked Tacos

BBQ Salmon

Creamy Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms over Linguine

Black Bean Risotto

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks

Chicken Enchilada Soup (#2)

Pan-Seared Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce

Not Your Typical Rice & Beans

Sweet Chicken Rio with Cilantro Rice

Chicken Stroganoff

Caprese Quinoa Bake

Creamy Chicken Crock Pot Tacos

Crunchy Fish Tacos with Cilantro Cream Sauce

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Salmon with Pasta and Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce

Chived Yorkshire Pudding

Oven Baked Potato Wedges

Chipotle Chicken & Corn Chowder

Lunch Meal Plan

Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups

Pizza Tarts

Chicken Taco Melts

BBQ Chicken Pinwheels

 Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle-Adobo Mayo

Granola Bars

Mini Bagel Sandwiches

Macaroni & Cheese / Ramen Noodles in thermos

Breakfast Menu Plan

Breakfast Cookies

Wonton Quiche Cups

Baked Oatmeal Casserole

Breakfast Enchiladas

Eggs & Grits Bowls

Waffles with yogurt or fresh fruit

Scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and toast

Desserts

Chocolate Chip-Coconut Blondies

 

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General Tso’s Chicken Sliders with Cole Slaw

Hey fabulous readers! Just a quick little update for you all: I’ve been having a lot of back problems lately (and neck, and sciatica) and have been moving pretty slowly. It looks like another surgery is on the horizon and because of all this I will probably slow down my posts. I don’t know if it will be reduced to two or three a week, just not 5. So don’t forget to come back and check out what I’ve been cooking and have a blessed day 🙂

And now for the main attraction….

I don’t know what it is about sliders that are so good but so far I’ve not been disappointed. Sure you can make a larger sandwich but there’s just something about a slider that makes a meal more fun and tailored to your hunger. And speaking of sliders, if you haven’t  tried my Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Garlic Aioli then you really are missing out!

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General Tso’s Chicken Sliders

3 or 4 chicken breasts

1 (12 oz) jar of General Tso’s sauce

1 small pkg cole slaw mix

1/3 cup ranch dressing

1 pkg (12 count) Hawaiian sweet rolls

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1. Cook chicken on low with General Tso’s sauce in a large skillet. Keep chicken submerged in sauce; turn chicken so it doesn’t burn.

2. Shred chicken and return to sauce in skillet. If the chicken is finished cooking, remove from heat and keep covered.

3. Prepare slaw using pre-bagged slaw mix and ranch dressing. To make your own slaw simply shred 1/4 of a cabbage head and grate or shred 2 large carrots.

4. Lightly toast the Hawaiian rolls.

5. To assemble sliders place chicken on bottom half of roll and top with slaw. Place top half of roll on sandwich and enjoy!

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June Menu ~ 2013

Holy moly, I am having a hard time believing it is June already! Don’t get me wrong, I am so ready for summer and for the kids to be out of school, but when I look back at the past 5 months, I’m like wha??? Where’d it go? And it’s not even that so much as realizing that you’re half-way through 2013 already! Before you know it it’ll be 2014 and I still haven’t gotten used to writing 2013 on my checks!!

Ok, fine, enough complaining.

This month I have a lot going on. Most times June is a busy month for this family and this year is no exception. In fact, I have even more going on than usual for June, but mostly it’s coincidence. With that said, I will be out of town for three of the five weekends, and  so my aim is make my menu as easy as possible. There isn’t much in the way of new recipes, though I am sure if I have the time I will add something else. I often do. And there are also the leftover recipes from my May menu that I didn’t get to in time, so I will most likely get to those as well. I hope you find something you like. Happy cooking and welcome summer!

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Recipes I have posted before: Bourbon BBQ Sliders, Baked Tacos, Poor Man’s Mongolian Beef, Balsamic Grilled Chicken, Tomato & Zucchini Frittata, Dijon Dill Salmon, Honey Sesame Chicken, Lobster Risotto, Chili Lime Chicken Fiesta Salad, Crispy Cheddar Chicken, Maple Mustard Chicken, Pasta Lentil Soup.

Recipes I am working on this month:

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

General Tso’s Chicken Sliders with Cole Slaw

Raspberry Martini

Egg-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Grilled Marinated Salmon

Crock Pot Pesto-Ranch Chicken

Pear Pecan Muffins

Tuscan Pasta

Greek Chicken

Chicken Pad Thai

Chocolate Fudge Tart with Mint Cream

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Garlic Aioli

Oh my, these little sammies were sooooo very good. I must tell you now that 1 pound of ground beef will only yield 10 (2 oz. each) burger patties, and 10 sliders is just not enough for the four of us. So if you decide to make these awesome sliders, make 2 lbs! The recipe for the bbq sauce and the aioli is plenty for twice the patties. All you have to do is saute a little extra onion, garlic, and peppers.

This recipe is in 3 parts, so I am going to start with the aioli since it will need some time to chill. I recommend any recipe that has lots of mayo in it to refrigerate as long as possible so all the flavors can infuse and there won’t be an overwhelming mayo taste.

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Garlic Aioli

1/2 cup mayo

1 T fresh lemon juice

1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate. *If you have an immersion blender I recommend giving this mixture a quick blending to really get those pieces of jalapeno and garlic minced as much as possible. Also this helps blend all the flavors real well.

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

1 onion, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup BBQ sauce

1/4 cup bourbon

1/4 cup brown sugar

Chop up the veggies as fine as possible. If you don’t like much pepper you can use just the leftover half from the aioli. Saute in EVOO and allow a few minutes to cool. Only use about 3/4 of this onion mixture and reserve the rest for the meat.

Combine the onion mixture with the bbq sauce, the bourbon, and the sugar. Taste and add more sugar or bourbon as needed.

Set aside.

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Bourbon BBQ Sliders

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/4 of the onion mixture you made for the bbq sauce

1 pkg fried onion crisps

1 pkg Hawaiian sweet rolls

Add the remaining onion mixture with the meat and combine well. You can even add a few tablespoons of the Bourbon BBQ sauce to the meat but not too much or your burgers will not stay together.

Grill burgers and toast the rolls.

Assemble your slider by putting a small dab of aioli on the bottom portion of the roll, then a patty, topped with a dab or two of bourbon bbq sauce and some fried onions. Place top half of roll on top and enjoy!

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