Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Using my crockpot: cooking beans and a coleslaw recipe

One of my favorite meals is at a place called Huck Finn's in Pigeon Forge, TN. I love the "vittles" they bring out to you, served family style all you can eat. White beans, cole slaw, hush puppies, pickles and onions. I love their catfish as well. I haven't been there in a long time.

Yesterday I decided to make white beans, coleslaw and corn cakes (instead of hushpuppies). I served it with dill pickles and sliced tomatoes. It was a frugal yet yummy meal!

I hadn't cooked beans in the crockpot before but I looked a bit online and it seemed easy enough.

This is what I did.

Crockpot white beans

2 16 oz bags of white beans
bacon paste (from Soupbase.com)
1 packet of onion soup mix (I only used 1/2 and it definitely could have used a whole pack if not more)

Look through beans and discard any stones, broken beans, etc. Rinse beans and place in crockpot. Add water (go about 2-3 inches above beans), bacon paste (I used about 2 tsp, you could use more or use some ham) and onion soup mix. I let this cook on low at first. Then decided to turn it to high because I didn't get it started til later than I had meant and wanted to speed up the cook time. I think it's good to get it up to temp so I would start out on high and either cook it on high or switch over to low after 3 hours or so. I added salt near the end after tasting to see where it was on seasoning.

I had never made homemade coleslaw before so I looked on Allrecipes.com and found a recipe for coleslaw.

Mom's Coleslaw

* 1 small head cabbage, shredded
* 3 medium carrots, shredded
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup cider vinegar


1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and carrots. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour over cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Serve with a slotted spoon.

It turned out really yummy. I did add a tablespoon or so of ranch dressing to mine and some salt and pepper.

All in all a very good meal. Not exactly like Huck Finn's (I'd rather have the hushpuppies but have never made them so didn't try that yet) but a close substitute.

Happy Eating!

This is being shared at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed With Grace.


Jena said...

Sounds delicious (drool).

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Love the crock pot recipes!!Thanks for joining TMTT this week.

Brenda said...

I make beans in the crockpot a lot. Sometimes I do them overnight, its just so easy.