Not too long ago when my brother and wife from Holland were here, I was reminded on the convenience of this invention, when they looked at my dish in the crock pot and concluded, "We don't have that in Holland."
To explain to people outside the USA: this is how it works: meat on the bottom, veggies and sauce on top, plug the cord into the electric socket, and voila, your dish is done between 6-8 hours.
Great any time when you have too much to do in a day to watch the stove top or oven. So I used it very often during exam times. Since I went for a looooong time to school, I've collected quite a few crock pot recipes from here and there. One of my luthmus tests to keep a recipe is whether my kids would eat it or not:).
Now I still grab the crockpot on very busy days, or when I need to be out of the house the hours before dinner making time.
This dish is undoubtedly of German origin, judging by its name. A literal translation of Ratskeller is a city hall cellar for (Beratung) advice/counsel.
I ate this dish in a restaurant in one of the annex buildings of the Manor Schilbach in Vogtland, a beautiful hilly area in the South of former East Germany with our friends.
When hubby worked in Berlin heading a drug rehab center he came in contact with these people who became life long friends. Our friend is on the board of this manor which once belonged to a family. In the second World War the manor was dispossessed. After the war the family never claimed back their property!
Another time I'll show you some of the pics of the inside.
The crockpot dish is a lighter version of the dish I ate in the restaurant.
1 lb of pork steaks or chops (actually any pork will do) Saute pork in oil on both sides in oil
1 tablespoon salad oil and place on bottom of crockpot
10 oz. can cream of asparagus soup combine undiluted soup, green onions,
1 cup of chopped green onions (scallions) spices and water in small bowl
1 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional*)
1/2 tespoon pepper
1/4 cup of water
4-5 medium potatoes, sliced Place potatoes on top of pork
6 cups of shredded green cabbage Put cabbage on top of potatoes
Then pour soup mix over cabbage
Put crockpot on low for 5-6 hours
1/2 cup light cream (or coffee cream) Change setting to "high" when
potatoes are done and pour cream over dish for 20-30 minutes.
My comfort meal on rainy and snowy cold days!
What is yours?
* If you put salt and pepper on your meat while sauteeing, 1/2 teaspoon of salt would be enough*