Slow cooker talk: I need them in my life. They make dinner so much easier. I even use them in the summer when it’s too hot to turn the oven on. Slow cookers are ideal for the full time working person or someone that just wants to throw dinner together and forget about it for the rest of the day until dinnertime. I feel like slow cooker meals have gotten a bad reputation throughout the years. The ease gets confused with the quality of products. Don’t get me wrong. I, too, have fallen victim to the world of creamed soups for a dump and go dinner. BUT, we can still have a dump and go dinner, we just upgrade our ingredients. What if I also told you that this dump and go meal is also worthy of a dinner party (something you would actually want to serve to other people). I have been fully immersed in a book of slow cooker recipes by William Sonoma and I’m literally starting from the very beginning of the book and working my way back. I came across this recipe and fell in love so I thought I would share. I tweaked it a bit to my liking but this is definitely a warm, comforting meal that doesn’t require that much work. You with me?
Before we get started though, we need to have a Daylight Savings ending talk. It’s hell for a food blogger, especially a newbie. I was just sitting on my couch, smelling the amazing aroma of what would be my dinner when I realized the sun was setting! I didn’t have a final picture! I did my best but had to scrap the pics. Hopefully, I can get my act together here. So now, we slow cook!
Our ingredient line up:
From Top Left to Right: Beef short ribs, onion, garlic, ketchup, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar (I actually used white wine vinegar), a spice combo of cayenne, cinnamon, ground fennel seed, ground cloves, and fresh ginger. This may look like a lot of ingredients, especially on the printable page BUT most of these should already be in your pantry. It’s all about the flavor, baby!
Here is the dump and go part! We throw into the slow cooker all of the ingredients, except for the short ribs and spices. Our ginger looks like it’s in a happy mood today! Give it a healthy stir!
Our short ribs are seasoned and broiled on both sides so they are nice and brown. Add the short ribs into the slow cooker and turn the ribs a couple of times to be fully covered in the delectable sauce. These babies are slow cooked for about 6 hours until they are basically falling off the bone. I served mine with some broccoli I will be featuring later this week. Add some rice and you have a complete meal! Whew! Wasn’t that easy? If you aren’t a fan of short ribs, you can make the same recipe with a chuck roast. I might actually do that next time. Happy dinner making!