Finishing Off the Holidays


Monday, in an effort to use holiday leftovers and keep from doing too much actual cooking, I threw a few things together in the crock pot. I did buy a few ingredients, but I had many on hand. 

Noodles, pasta, barley, and all those great starches are always sort of a challenge in the crock pot. Put them in too soon, they’re soggy; put them in too late, they’re crunchy. I tried fideo yesterday, just to see what would happen. They puffed up, joined together, and turned into dumplings–yep, dumplings. It was quite a surprise. 

You will need: 
Turkey (you could also use chicken; I was doing the leftover thing)
Baby carrots
Brussel sprouts, shredded
Onion, chopped
Celery, chopped
1 small bag fideo (you could use any type of pasta, really) 
Chicken stock, to cover
Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Turn the crock pot on low
  • Shred the turkey (chicken) and add to the crock
  • Add the veggies
  • Cover with fideo
  • Pour in chicken stock (you might need a little water, too) to cover the ingredients
  • Give one good stir, to get the dumpling effect from the fideo, you don’t want to separate them too much
  • Cover and let simmer 5-7 hours
  • Once everything is tender, turn the crock pot down or off to keep from having mushy veggies

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