Welcome one and all to another sweet and sticky installment of Recipe of the Week. Last week was one of those articles that you'll want to bookmark for all of eternity, as it was an absolute treasure trove of wonderful slow cooker recipes.
As of Wednesday evening, the most up-voted recipe was this one from fluffinella:
This is the easiest and tastiest thing I've ever eaten from a slow cooker. TRUST ME BECAUSE IT SOUNDS VERY WEIRD.
3 packages of Kielbasa (you know, the kind shaped like a big U)1 pound brown sugar.
Slice up the kielbasa in half inch slices, put it all in the slow cooker with the brown sugar. Cook on low for 5 hours. I promise you it will blow your mind. I don't even like sweet things or kielbasa.
I went ahead and bought my kielbasa and made it for an easy Sunday supper. I served it over some simply-cooked baby potatoes. It was delightful.
The sticky, sweet pieces of cured meat were oddly addicting, and paired very nicely with buttery potatoes. It was rib-sticking to be sure, but after a day of rain and gloom, it was exactly what I needed. (The dish also gets bonus points for being the easiest thing to make ever.)
Your trophy, fluffinella, is "Winter Wooksie" by Belle & Sebastian, because both things are comforting on chilly evenings.
But there was another winner this week. For when I went to screen grab the kielbasa comment, I noticed that the second "best" comment technically had one more up-vote. I guess it had been down-voted as well, which is what prevented it from rising to the top of Disqus, but it deserves attention and a trophy. (Link to full recipe here.)
I've posted this in a Friday open thread before, but this is my favorite slowcooker recipe. It's a general all-star because 1) in my opinion, slowcookers really help pork shine as an ingredient and I'm a sucker for when it's pulled, 2) roasted acorn squash is supper autumnal and wonderful right now, and 3) FUCKING RAMEN, YO. So please enjoy this perfect recipe for crispy caramelized pork ramen with roasted acorn squash.
Sadly, I didn't have time to make both recipes, but I can guarantee I'll be making this soon, and I'll let you know when I do. In the meantime, softcastlemccormick needs a trophy (second one in a row!) and that trophy is "Warm Love" by Van Morrison.
Your next challenge, should you choose to accept it, is a seasonal one. Every October, I buy a bunch of Halloween candy in the hope of giving it out to The Youth of Today and every October it becomes clear that my neighborhood is not as nice as I think it is because the children do not come here and I am left with a bunch of candy.
This isn't a huge problem, but I can only eat so many "fun" size bars before my teeth start to hurt. When I worked at an office with other humans, I'd take it in to share, but my current co-workers (literal dogs) can't eat chocolate because it makes them nervous. (They can of course take part in other seasonal pursuits, like costuming and playing with spiders.)
So please tell me your creative recipes for extra Halloween candy. Do you bake it into brownies? Make cookies? Bark? Do you melt it all down and drink it?