I tried out a new recipe yesterday from a random cookbook I had in my cabinet called Today’s Creative Crockpot, The Original Slow Cooker, Cookbook, Second Edition.
I think it’s possible the thin volume is over-compensating for something with extra title words. Like maybe flavor.
The recipe I used seemed like it had everything I would normally like: potatoes, chipotle, lime, sour cream, slow cooker ease of preparation. I really thought it was a no-lose.
But it wasn’t awesome. In fact, it was pretty far from awesome. It was closer to mediocre with a side of bleh. It was just spicy enough the kids didn’t like it, but it didn’t have flavor to make the spice worth it. The potatoes didn’t seem to go with the cream and chipotle. We couldn’t taste the lime at all. It needed a hefty pinch of kosher salt to even be worth attempting eating. The end result wasn’t particularly visually appealing.
With all that said, though, I still think the general components are there for a decent dish. Maybe more sauce (with salt) with more lime and no potatoes. Maybe a little cumin and some corn. Maybe tequila. Maybe it just needs tequila. Everything is better with tequila.
That actually might be the problem. I think I was expecting something that tasted like a slowcooker version of Tequila Lime Chicken Pasta (which is my very favorite ever). So it probably needs shallots and bell peppers.
So the point is, this one needs work to achieve awesomeness. Any suggestions?
This bizarre and addictive video that I could (have) watch over and over:
|Chipotle Chicken and Potatoes|
- 3 chicken breasts
- 1 lime
- 6 oz spinach
- 1 small container of sour cream
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, minced
- 1/3 cup of heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons of adobe sauce
- 1 lb red potatoes, chopped
- Other stuff to make it suck less
- Mix chipotle pepper, adobe sauce, heavy cream and juice from lime in a small bowl.
- Put chicken and potatoes in crockpot. Pour sauce over chicken and potatoes.
- Cook on low 8 hours.
- Remove potatoes and chicken from crockpot. Cover to keep warm.
- Add sour cream to liquid left in pot. Stir to mix.
- Add spinach to sauce mixture. Stir to coat. Turn crockpot up to high and let cook another 15 minutes until spinach is wilted.
- Serve all glopped together with a whole bunch of salt over the top to mask the fact that it has no flavor.