Crocked Pot

Ok, ok, ok, here is the recipe I am trying out today (previous entry). I can't say if it's any good or not as I haven't tried it yet, but what can you do? I've added my modifications to the original recipe in italics.

Crock on!

Toastcrumb’s I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Chicken-Chicken Noodle Soup

• 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds chicken pieces
o Ok, chicken was like $7.84 for 1.96 lbs. So I used 1.96 lbs of chicken breast. Plus those three giganto breasts barely fit in my crockpot.

• 4 cups water
o Not quite, see below for modification

• 4 cups chicken broth
o I don’t have a large crock pot and also? Don’t need to be eating soup for the rest of my life. So. Then. 2.5 cans of chicken broth (low sodium to prevent unsightly bloating and 2.5 cans of water) fit nicely in there.

• 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
o What is seasoned salt? Salt with seasoning? Isn’t salt a seasoning? Whatever, skip it, next!

• 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste, depending on saltiness of broth
o Ok, really? More salt. No thanks, not a fan of salt. If I wanted to taste salt, I would lick the hairy, sweaty balls of Satan. What? It’s an expression. It is! Oh, nevermind. No salt!

• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
o Ok, again, really? Pepper is the most . . . peppery thing ever. Let’s just shake in a bunch until all the liquid is covered with a gray topping.

• 1 leek or small onion chopped
o Check. Note: do not chop onion directly on counter. Creates cuts in counter that has just decreased your security deposit by about 13%.

• 1 carrot, chopped
o I added two. I like me some carrots, indeed I sure do.

• 2 stalks celery, chopped
o Celery is crap. That’s right, I said it. Two pieces (pieces!) of celery, finely chopped.

• 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
o Throw in some parsley flakes from a spice container of indeterminate age.

• 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or basil
o Again, throw in some basil of unknown age or origin.

• 1 bay leaf
o I actually own this ingredient, I am as shocked as anyone.
o Add in tarragon – this is important! – tarragon is awesome. Awesome, I kid you not, it is an amazing spice. Awesomely amazing. Add some! How much? Figure it out.

• 6 ounces noodles
o Six ounces? I have no idea either. Noodles are awesome. I use the egg noodles that are in the freezer section of the grocery store. They are dreamy.

Place all ingredients except noodles in the Crock Pot. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Remove chicken and bay leaf from pot; take meat from bones (or buy boneless/skinless breasts suckers!) dice, and return to broth,

Add the noodles (the dreamy ones)

Cook another hour or until noodles are done (about 1/2 hour on high). Or, cook the noodles separately and add them just before serving.

2007-04-13 at 4:21 p.m.