Wow, you all should see the fabulous recipes rolling in to the PlateUp recipe database since we launched our contest yesterday! I had hoped at least 40 or 50 recipes would be submitted, but we’ve already surpassed that by a healthy number. At the end of this post, I’m going to link to a few of the submissions we’ve received so far. If you all are anything like me, you’ll immediately begin to think about when you can make some of these dishes. Don’t forget to enter your own recipes for a chance to win Kroger gift cards. To do so, simply go to the green “Submit your recipe” box on this page. Please be patient – it might take a day or so before your recipe is approved and shows up in the database.
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing slow cooker recipe testing again, and I’ve discovered a surprising winner! This photo is of our dinner on Tuesday night: Santa Fe Pork. It came from my Pillsbury “Fast Slow Cooker” book, which has very, very simple recipes. Sometimes, they are so simple that I highly doubt they’ll be complex in flavor. This is one of those, but my husband encouraged me to try it.
The original recipe called for country-style pork ribs, but I had two pork tenderloins in the freezer already so I decided to slice one in thick (about 3/4-inch) slices and arrange those on the bottom of my slow cooker. Then, I mixed 3/4 cup chunky salsa, 1/4 cup Heinz chili sauce and 1 tsp. cumin. It also calls for cayenne pepper, which is optional. Pour that sauce mixture over the pork and cook it for 4-6 hours on low (longer if you’ve got a smaller Crock Pot – I have one of those big oval ones, so most of the meat fit on the bottom layer). As you can see, we had ours with black beans and rice. The pork was salty enough without adding more, and I’d recommend rinsing the beans to lower the sodium a bit with this dish. Corn would also be a tasty side.
I’d never found a use for Heinz chili sauce before this, but it is an interesting condiment. A friend says her mom mixes it with grape jelly to make a sauce for cocktail wieners. What other uses does it have?
As promised, here are some links to new recipes in the database:
Don’t forget that if you try any recipe from the database, you can review it so others can decide whether to try it themselves.