One afternoon last week, I rushed home from my son's cross country meet at 5:30 to get dinner on the table and then take my daughter to soccer practice by 6:30. (No problem.) These are the days when I'm grateful for my crock pot. I love that I can put dinner together before I even clean up breakfast and 8 hours later - voila - it's ready to serve.
My brother is the master of throwing ingredients together without a recipe and he makes the most masterful dinners. I rarely cook without a recipe in hand. He cooks like a scientist, adding just the right amount of acid and seasoning and sauce. I, on the other hand, live by my recipes and I rarely trust myself enough to cook without one. With a package of country ribs in the refrigerator and an afternoon filled with activities, I was left with no choice - it was time to start "cooking like Scott." I sent the kids off to school, pulled out my crock pot and started to assembled dinner - at 8:00 am.
Crock Pot Country Ribs
1 onion, sliced thin
6 country ribs
salt and pepper
I started vegetables that I knew my family would eat - potatoes and onions.
I arranged the country ribs on top of the potatoes, seasoned them with salt and pepper and then topped them with some sprigs of fresh thyme.
Fast forward to 8 hours later - cross country meet is over, homework is is full swing, 1 child is preparing for soccer practice and everyone is starving. Crock pot dinner to the rescue. I served my pork and potatoes with applesauce and whole wheat rolls and everyone was happy.
The pictures don't really do this meal justice. I was lacking some serious color on this dinner plate but there was just no time to worry about color, I was much more concerned with getting dinner on the table quickly than I was with presentation.
Coming home to a piping hot meal at 5:30 - priceless. I think I am going to be using my crock pot quite a lot this Fall. If you've got a good crock pot recipe - send it to me. I would love to try it.