How many old-school appliances do you have in your kitchen that you use still? I have a handheld mixer, my grandmother’s standing mixer, also her potato masher. Although not an antique, I also enjoy my slow cooker, also called a crock pot. It took a while for me to love it though because the recipes I knew were the ones I grew up with and the results were never really modern.
So now I am always on the lookout for good new slow cooker recipes. And I found plenty in the Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes cookbook I received for review. I was surprised to find fun and international recipes to and chose to try out the Mu Shu for Two.
The Chinese version is made with shredded pork chop meat and scrambled eggs, stir fried in sesame or peanut oil together with thinly sliced wood ear mushrooms and day lily buds. The dish is seasoned with minced ginger and garlic, scallions, soy sauce, and rice cooking wine. Also in China Moo shu pork is usually served with rice. The American version found it’s way to restaurants in the US in the 1960s and makes use of more local ingredients. Another difference is that Moo Shu is served with a small dish of hoisin sauce and Mexican tortillas made of flour. The Moo Shu pancakes are eaten by hand in the manner of a soft taco.
Here the Mu Shu is prepared with chicken and I served it with Crunchy Colorful Thai Cabbage Salad.
In the Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes cookbook you’ll find 200 recipes to explore and experiment with, featuring the best of North American regional cuisine and globally inspired dishes, representing cultures from around the world. All of the recipes have been created with convenience in mind, and there’s a good balance between those that require a few extra minutes of preparation and those where all the ingredients can be added at once. There are recipes big enough to serve a crowd and I love the chapter like “Meals for Two” perfect for a single gal like me. The recipe are based on the use of a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker.
Along with the recipes, there are also extensive handy slow cooker tips and time-savers, as well as information on general slow cooker know-how. And here is a sampling of the recipes you will find:
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
Country Italian Beef Stew
Creamy Chicken Artichoke Casserole
Steak Fajitas with Tomato Corn Relish
African Lamb Tagine
Creamy Caramel Blondies
The recipe is courtesy of Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes by Donna-Marie Pye, 2014 © www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.
Mu Shu for Two
- 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger root or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 4 10- inch 25 cm whole wheat flour tortillas
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 cup slaw mix
- 1/4 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- Arrange chicken in slow cooker stoneware. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, combine garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and 1/4 cup water. Pour over chicken.
- Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours or on High for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a cutting board. Using two forks, shred meat. Return meat to sauce in stoneware.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Stack tortillas and wrap them in foil. Warm in oven for 10 minutes.
- Spread 1 tbsp hoisin sauce over each tortilla, then top with one-quarter of the chicken mixture, 1/4 cup of the broccoli slaw and red pepper. Fold or roll up tortillas.
You made mu shu with a slow cooker? That’s AWESOME! I don’t own one yet, but would like to try making Japanese in a crock pot… not sure if it’s possible as I never heard of it in Japan, but it can be a fun challenge. Like this mu shu! You made me REALLY hungry!
I never was a crock pot fan, but I do love to slow cook. Working out of my house, it’s not a problem putting a delicious batch of ingredients on stovetop to simmer all day. I love MuShu, but have never made it at home. This looks like one awesome recipe!
Simple and delicious dish! Love the flavors, Evelyne! What a great cookbook!
I do not own a slow cooker yet but looking at this mouthwatering chicken recipe I’m very tempted to buy one.
Slow cooking seemed always a very interesting alternative to me. Thanks for the inspiration!
I’ve come across slow cooker recipes on blogs but I have never used it myself. A flavourful recipe such as this would be perfect for slow cooking. The book sounds amazing.
I like the sound of it very much. Looks good too!
This looks lovely. I’m not sure why I’m so stubborn about using the slow cooker. J actually has one and I need to start using it because of amazing dishes like this!
So delicious-looking, Evelyne! That pork looks so perfectly tender.
My mouth is watering terribly, Evelyn. I love my slow cooker..actually just made some chicken soup (nothing fancy, just with water, wood ear and simply seasoned with salt and pepper). My cats get the meat and I will use the broth to make cauliflower soup for the dinner. Your wraps look really delicious and moreish.
I am in the search of buying a slow cooker from the net since they do not circulate in Greece. This is a great recipe to start with!
lovin the tender and moist pulled chicken….