Yesterday we had my parents and my brother’s family over for lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day. This is the time of year when we love grilling out, so we decided that the meat for the meal needed to be grilled. My husband is quite the grill master and did a great job on the chicken breasts and hamburgers.
However, he did not grill them yesterday. Since we spent the morning at church and would thus not want to wait an hour while the food was prepared, we cooked all of the food on Saturday.
With the help of 4 crockpots we were able to enjoy grilled hamburgers and chicken, baked potatoes, and green beans (frozen from last year’s garden). We also had cake and rolls that I baked on Saturday to go with our meal.
We have been grilling meats the day before for several years. What I do is add about 1 cup of water to a crockpot, wrap the meat totally in foil, place it in the crockpot, put the lid on it, and turn it on low while we are gone to church.
This worked well for the chicken and the hamburgers. We have also grilled steaks in years past and warmed them in the crockpot with success.
To bake the potatoes in the crockpot I scrubbed a bunch of potatoes, poked holes in them with a fork, rubbed olive oil and sea salt on them, and wrapped them in foil. I put the lid on, turned the crockpot on high for 4 hours, and the potatoes were done when we were ready to eat. I forgot to do this yesterday, but I have added a small amount of water to the bottom of the crockpot before when baking potatoes this way. I am not sure that it makes a difference though.
I didn’t take a picture of the green beans, but I had cooked them on the stove the day before and then put them in the crockpot on low all morning.
Utilizing my crockpots in this way allowed me to have a stress-free morning and for all of us to enjoy a delicious meal that was ready when we got home from church.
What did you do for Mother’s Day? Did you have to cook or were you treated to a day off?