Slow Cooker Beef with Our Favorite Barbecue Sauce and Smashed Potatoes


Now that Meatless Monday has passed, I wanted to mention the Springdell Poultry Harvest, which has recently been scheduled!  If you are looking for chickens that live and roam out and about in the pastures, fresh as fresh can be, then this Springdell Harvest is for you.  The 2015 “processing” dates (early morning with pickup after 3pm) for the chickens are as follows:

Saturday, May 23

Saturday, June 6

Saturday, June 27

Saturday, June 25

Saturday, August 22

Saturday, September 19

Saturday, October 17

Saturday, December 5

 

The next time you are at the farm, you can select the date(s) you’d like to order your chicken(s), and provide your 5 dollar deposit (per chicken) to be sure to receive a fresh and delicious bird.  If you’re new to cooking with a whole bird and feel intimidated, please feel free to check out this link to our 5 day Springdell Chicken series.  These posts will talk you through getting the most out of the entire bird.  

 

Don’t miss out, reserve your chickens soon!

 

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Life has been pretty busy, and I’ve been relying on the slow cooker more than usual as of late (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) More often than not, I’ve been tossing random CSA items in, saying a prayer, and returning 4-8 hours later to find delicious meals. Today was no exception.

My Fellow Springdellians, have you used “Our Favorite Barbecue Sauce” yet?  You can really taste the dill, oregano, local tomatoes and love!  It’s pretty great when paired with Springdell beef. 

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For today’s meal I literally threw a Springdell beef short cut into the pot, and drizzled about half of the bottle of sauce on the meat, along with about a cup of beef stock.  It took 60 seconds before I was out the door for the adventures of the day.  After four hours, I returned and found the meat to be tender and shreddable with a fork.  The sauce tasted great!  My only regret is that I didn’t put throw any carrots into the pot.  

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I began to lightly boil some of those yummy new potatoes, whole, scrubbed and unpeeled, until just fork tender (about 25 minutes).  I lightly greased my cookie sheet with some coconut oil before smashing the drained potatoes onto the sheet (using the flat bottom of a drinking glass).  After drizzling them with Amish roll butter and a light sprinkling of kosher salt, I roasted them for about 25 minutes until the outside was crispy and golden brown. This is an incredibly tasty way to use these potatoes, the flavor really shines through.   

Smashed Potatoes with Amish Roll Butter
I didn't follow this particular recipe link when making these potatoes, but then again I didn't follow any recipe when making these potatoes. I wanted to give a point of reference.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Coconut, canola, or other high heat oil
  2. 8 small to medium Springdell new potatoes, whole, washed thoroughly, and unpeeled
  3. Amish Roll Butter
  4. Kosher Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Place clean potatoes into a pot and cover with about an inch or so of cold water
  2. Bring the potatoes to a gentle boil for about 25 minutes or until just fork tender
  3. Preheat the oven to 450. Meanwhile, lightly grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil (or oil of choice.)
  4. "Smash" potatoes gently between 2 plates, directly onto the cookie sheet using a wide-bottomed glass, or between two towels (as shown in the recipe link.)
  5. Dollop or drizzle with Amish Roll Butter, sprinkle lightly with salt.
  6. Bake potatoes on the sheet at 450 for about 25 minutes, until golden brown and crispy on the edges.
Notes
  1. This particular recipe link says you can smash the potatoes in the morning, and roast them later. This makes this recipe very flexible time-wise. Top them with Sour Cream, Salsa, Aioli, or the juice from your slow cooked dinner!
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About Jess

Jess Anderson is the creator of CSA|365 and is passionate about the local food movement. A long time member of Springdell and a busy mother of two, Jess loves keeping her family fed by honest local food.

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