First I tried this chicken recipe. I love one-dish meals and thought this would be a slam dunk. Nope. The potatoes didn't cook all the way but the chicken was already overcooked. The green beans were really sour from the lemon and, worse still, bitter from the rind. So my first new recipe was a letdown.
After this I tried Swistle's muffin recipe. We made two varieties, one mostly banana with a little pumpkin and chocolate chips. The other were pumpkin spice. The kids liked the chocolate chip ones. I thought both varieties were a little too dense for my taste. I'll still make them again because they were easy and the kids loved them.
Then I tried Beer-Braised Pork and Black Bean Soup from the Real Simple website.
Let me know what you think if you try this one!
This recipe was tested in a 6-quart slow cooker. Because different models cook at different rates, the cooking time below is presented as a range. Check for doneness at the low end of the range (but not before, as the escaped heat will significantly slow the cooking). If the food is not done, cover and cook to the end of the suggested time range. If using a slow-cooker smaller than 6 quarts, the cooking time may take an additional hour or more, and results may vary.
2 12-ounce bottles of beer (preferably lager)
1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large onion, chopped
1 pound dried black beans, rinsed
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork butt (pork shoulder)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup store-bought refrigerated fresh salsa
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
In the bowl of a slow cooker, combine the beer, 3 cups water, the chilies, adobo sauce, cumin, onion, beans, pork, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Set the slow cooker to high and cook, covered, until the beans are tender and the pork pulls apart easily, 4 to 5 1/2 hours. Using a fork, separate the pork into large pieces. Divide among individual bowls and top with the sour cream, salsa, and cilantro.
If You Don't Have a Slow Cooker: Heat oven to 300° F. Follow the recipe above using a Dutch oven or large casserole. Bake, covered, until the pork pulls apart easily, 4 hours.
Yield: Makes 6 servings
NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 609(37% from fat); FAT 25g (sat 10g); CHOLESTEROL 94mg; CARBOHYDRATE 55g; SODIUM 599mg; PROTEIN 36g; FIBER 12g; SUGAR 5g