Jun 29, 2009

A CrockPot disaster

I'm an excellent cook. I'm pretty fearless in the kitchen and I enjoy trying new recipes. My instincts for what ingredients will taste good together are great, and I often make up new recipes.
Saturday, however, I had a rare kitchen disaster in the CrockPot. I found this new-to-me recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini. Normally, when I get a new recipe, I follow it to the letter. After I make it once, then I can tweak it as needed.
Well, the directions for this recipe looked questionable. It said to use dry spaghetti and layer the ingredients in the order given. I have another recipe for a similar chicken and spaghetti dish where I cook the spaghetti and mix everything together before slopping it into the CrockPot. But against my better judgement, I followed the recipe exactly.
It was a disaster. It smelled good, but we couldn't eat it. The spaghetti ended up in gluey slabs stuck to the bottom of the CrockPot. The other layers either burned or became gluey. They did not "mix themselves" as the recipe stated they would. And to top it off, it wasn't a cheap recipe to make. I ended up chucking about nine dollars worth of ingredients in the trash.
But I will make it again, I'll just do it the way I should of to start with - cooked spaghetti and mixing everything up. I should listen to myself; I usually know best.


Cindy F. said...

Oh man!! I hate it when that happens!
I would have done the same thing and then I would have beat myself over the head for doing it!

I wish we could bring crockpots to the stitching group!...lol....I would volunteer you to make this for us to be your guinea pigs:)

mark said...

I've had that happen! Grrrrrr....
Like you, I think I'm a pretty good cook and generally I follow the recipe the first time and then do the tweaking thing. But, there have been a couple of times when a recipe just didn't sound right and had to follow my gut (lol...no pun intended). I think Cindy has a point as I'd be a willing guinea pig...yummm!!!