That day that we set aside, one time a year, to give thanks for the invention of the crock pot.
OK…maybe not, but it sounded a lot better than the Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Fiasco of 2012. Let me rewind a little…
Here at the Allergic to Air house, I was planning on having a very low-key Thanksgiving meal, just for the 4 of us. I intended to make it 2 days before Thanksgiving since my husband was going to work some insane hours. I really didn’t see the point in making a big Thanksgiving meal for me and 3 kids (one of which doesn’t even have teeth) with NO back up to help entertain the kids while I made said feast. So Tuesday it was.
Except that we had been having issues with our electricity, in that the circuit to our large appliances was going in and out on us and all last week, my cooking and laundry was hit or miss. This is not good when you have an infant and a 3YO that compete for the “Mess of the Day” award!
The electric company came out over the weekend and gave it a temporary fix, but warned us that it could last for 10 minutes or 10 years, they couldn’t say, but that we needed to have an electrician come out and fix it from our end.
The power was restored. And there was much rejoicing.
Until this morning, when I realized that I did NOT have electricity! I had planned on making a turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing and apple crisp. All from scratch. All allergy friendly.
So I freaked out a little and realized that I just didn’t want to mess with it and said as much on Facebook. I hadn’t started on anything yet, which was a blessing, that the power didn’t cut out in the middle of cooking everything! One of the comments on my Facebook page was from Debi over at Hunter’s Lyonesse, and she asked if I had slow cookers.
Boy, do I have slow cookers! I have 1 huge 6QT beast, 2 5QT crocks and I still haven’t parted with my mom’s avocado 1974 model that she got as a wedding present. The thing is older than me!
(I certainly take a long time to tell a story, don’t I?)
So my Crapsgiving was looking up (thanks, Debi!) I mean, it couldn’t hurt to try, right? I remembered seeing some slow cooker recipes in my Facebook newsfeed and in my emails, so I went searching. And here’s what I came up with.
Gluten Free Easily’s Special Turkey Breast- I will definitely make this again. I did throw some poultry seasoning in the mix and it was a really nice addition. I think the only reason this didn’t turn out absolutely perfect (though my husband choked down 2 helpings, as did the kids!) was because I cooked it a little too long. But not this long…
Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures’ Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes- the only thing I did different on this was to leave out the cream cheese and sour cream (Mr. A2A doesn’t like creamy things) and I added a few TBs of butter at the end. YUM!
Thankfully the green beans were leftover from Sunday’s Thanksgiving celebration at our church, so I just had to heat these up. I didn’t really use a recipe for them, I just threw 2 pounds of haricot verts in a crock pot with 1 cup of gluten free chicken broth, 1/2 lb of chopped raw bacon and 1 small sliced onion. I put it on high for about 2 hours and then cut it back to low where it hung out for another hour or so. They are still good a few days later!
Oh and the gravy…totally from a jar. I know…I know…but I didn’t see cooking that in a crock pot. Or dragging the kids to the neighbors house to make it myself. Oh well.
I was so bummed because I had promised my son that I would make him a gluten free apple pie. And as you know, it’s hard to get him to like sweets and baked things, so when he asks for something, I certainly try my hardest! I couldn’t make him an apple pie without the oven working, so I found something that he agreed would be just as good, especially if we topped it with ice cream.
Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures’ Crock Pot Caramel Apple Crisp- the only thing I did different was to double the topping and use gluten free oats and skip the caramel sauce. We don’t normally have to use GF oats, but I had more of those than the good ‘ol Quaker oats, so I used them. I was amazed that the topping really did crisp up a little.
Normally, I really do have a lot to be thankful for. But this year, our special dinner was saved by some encouragement from a friend on Facebook and a little ingenuity. We even topped off the evening by watching the Slapsgiving episode of How I Met Your Mother. Seriously funny stuff, people!
I hope that you and your friends and family take the time this week to thank God for what He has blessed us with. No matter where we are in life or how bad things are, there is always something to be thankful for. Have a happy and allergy-safe Thanksgiving!
As always, please check recipes and ingredients to insure that you are cooking safely for your individual food allergy needs.