Long time no see, I am happy to report that I am back. I have a lot of ideas to keep you all entertained for a long time. I will get into why the long absence in another post. Today I am going to talk about how to make a traditional New England boiled Dinner and we are going to simplify it. Before I get into the recipe though I want to talk about something, I think we shouldn't be afraid to cook outside the box. No one says you cannot make a boiled dinner in crock pot and honestly it comes out a lot more flavorful and what makes this even better, you can turn on your crock pot with all the ingredients and let it go all day. No babysitting required!
Ingredients: You can adjust these ingredients to how many people you are feeding, this feeds a family of 4
1 small onion
3 carrots make them chunky
1/2 head of cabbage
2 pound bone in picnic ham
4 tablespoons of peppercorns ground coarsely
4 tablespoons of old bay seasoning, please don't get caught up old bay in only seafood trap, it is wonderful in soups, stews, gravies, boiled dinners and just about anything. Dont box yourself in.
approx. 6 cups of water, after you add your ingredients to the slow cooker just fill the crock pot up with water just leaving about an inch from the top of the slow cooker.
Your Veggies should look like these:
Cut up all your veggies and cube up your cabbage. Put them aside in a bowl. Next rinse and dry your ham and coat the ham generously with the old bay and peppercorns about 2 tablespoons each. Now its all about layering the ingredients you want to start with the potatoes, carrots and onions first. Then add in the ham and finally the cabbage on top. Once you have all that add the remaining 2 tablespoons of seasonings each to the water, stir it up and pour it over the cabbage. Put the lid on the slow cooker and let it go for about 8 hours on low, 6 if you put it on high. Serve it with a little butter, salt, pepper and some vinegar. Welcome to New England in the fall!
The finished product:
Live, Laugh and Love