Are you paying attention now? :-) What a whirlwind life can be! I decided to take yesterday to relax, maybe curl up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of herbal tea.... That idea lasted about an hour. I can't just "do nothing". Instead, I went over to my mom's for some girl time. We ended up talking, folding laundry, and playing with the dogs for about an hour. Good times had by all. Earlier in the day, we met with our personal trainer for an awesome work out. (I even broke a sweat!) I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and got into a fight with a chicken. Actually, the fight was more with the bag of giblets stuck inside the chicken. Let me back up, the chicken was frozen. I defrosted it in the microwave, but somehow the bag of giblets didn't get the memo. The were cemented inside that bird like nobody's business! I have never gotten so up close and personal with a chicken in my entire life, and I don't plan on doing so ever, EVER again! The resulting meal was lovely though. I used an exciting ingredient. It didn't really change the flavor, but boy was it entertaining!.....
Purple Majesty Potatoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So cool right?! I can't wait to make purple mashed potatoes with these beauties!
Now for the recipe. Slow Cooker Poulet and Potatoes
Ingredients: - one 4 pound organic whole Chicken - 2 Yellow Onions (or one large sweet onion), chopped - 2-3 stalks Celery, chopped - Baby Carrots - 2 Garnet Sweet Potatoes, cut into discs - 2 Purple Majesty Potatoes, cut into discs - 1 Gala Apple, chopped - 6 cloves Garlic, smashed and roughly chopped - 1 tablespoon dried Rosemary - 2 teaspoons dried Sage - 1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves - Salt (or Herbamare) and Pepper to taste - drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1 tab Vegan Butter (Earth Balance) - Poultry Seasoning - 1/3 cup Apple Cider - 1/4 cup White Wine
Place chopped vegetables (only one of the onions), fruit, herbs, and olive oil in the bottom of your slow cooker. Remove the giblet sack from the chicken and rinse under cold water. Massage Vegan Butter, Poultry Seasoning, Salt (Herbamare) and Pepper into the chicken, both on top of and under the skin. Stuff the second onion into the cavity of the chicken. Place Chicken on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker. Pour mixture of Apple Cider and Wine over the chicken and vegetables. Cook on low for 7-8 hours and on high for the last hour. (My timing was a bit off. I just sort of cooked until it was done.)
Serve over a bed of baby spinach.
The apples were a delicious, sweet addition to this dish. I bet an Asian Pear would be delightful as well!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! I have been cooking, but it's been mostly repeats of older recipes. I don't want to bore you with anything you've already seen! The weather finally cooled off here in FL for the weekend, but the heat is on its way back. Oh well, the cold was fun while it lasted. Even Dickens enjoyed the chance to don his "Mr. Rogers sweater"!
PS- I am still in need of Halloween costume ideas!!!!!!!!!!