Saturday, June 5, 2010

Double Crockpots: Chicken & pudding

Double Crockpots equals double recipes without heating up your house, and double the YUM!

All day it rained...all week it has been raining. Before it started to downpour today, i managed to get to the City Market, my favorite place in the entire city, and pick up a 3 Lb chicken. Into the large Crockpot he goes at noon, sprinkle with Garlic and spices and cook the afternoon away while i cleaned house and organized. Yay, love ready made dinners. Here is poor Mr chicken, spiced up and ready to go.

At about 3 PM, i decided to start dessert in the small Crockpot. Pineapple Rice Pudding, a new recipe. Here is a picture of the card:

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained.
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk.
1 can (12 oz) fat free evaporated milk.
3/4 cup uncooked arborio rice.
2 eggs, lightly beaten .
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar.
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon.
1/4 tsp nutmeg.
1/4 tsp salt.
Toasted coconut & pineapple slices (optional, for garnish).

Place pineapple with juice, coconut milk, evaporated milk, rice, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into 3 qt Crockpot. Mix well. Cover, cook on High 3 to 4 hours or until thickened and rice is tender.

Stir until blended. Serve warm or chilled. Top with coconut and pineapple slices if desired.

This turned out great. I am not crazy about rice pudding, but this was delicious. I prefer it hot, though. When i first mixed it, it looked kind of nasty, the coconut milk was in big chunks and the rice and sugars sunk to the bottom, but as it heated up the lumps melted away and everything blended in. I got the rice at the Bulk store, it kind of looked like barley. The coconut milk i had a hard time finding, but eventually found it in the drink isle of the grocery store. I stirred this every 1/2 hour, and after 3 hours, it was not thickening, so i turned it down to low for half an hour. Delicious!

By six o'clock, the chicken was done to! All i had to do was whip up a 2 minute packaged gravy, make a 7 minute prepackaged noodle side dish, and while they were boiling on the stove top, i threw a potato in the microwave for 6 minutes. Volia, dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes!
This was the chicken before i attempted to lift it out and it fell apart, i ended up using an over sized spatula to pull him out.

Best part about whole chicken? There is enough left for a meal tomorrow and the next day, with still more for the freezer!

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