Creamy Chicken

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This is a very simple recipe that is perfect for Sundays or lazy nights.

Creamy Chicken

Place the following in a crock pot on high for about three hours, or until chicken is done *** :

3-4 chicken breasts (cut into half or fourths)

1 Packet Italian dressing (dry pack)

1/3 cup water

Remove pieces of chicken from crockpot and put in Kitchen Aid or Bosch for 30 seconds with the cookie batter attachment.  This will perfectly shred your chicken in a fraction of the time.  (Yay! No more 45 minutes spent over hot meat with two forks!) Once shred, put the chicken back in the crock pot and add the following:

1 block cream cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup

Stir everything together and then cook an additional hour.  Voila!  Serve over rice and clean the plate off with THESE amazing breadsticks!

***Know your crockpot! Some run hotter than others, so be aware that cook times might be different for you.  My crockpot is a lot hotter than most recipes assume crock pots to be, so I actually cook these for three hours on low instead of high and get the same results.

Kalua Pork

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Not much can be said about juicy, tender, and savory Kalua Pork other then Mmmmmm. I wish I lived on a hot beach where I could bury a pig and enjoy this over a banana leaf while sipping Pina Colada out of a pineapple.  But right now I’m looking out my kitchen window at a white wonderland of snow.  Maybe that’s why I wanted to make this so badly, it’s a little reminder of warm beaches and sand castle competitions.  If you haven’t made this already, then do it now, you won’t regret it!

Kalua Pork

4 lbs Roast Pork Butt

2 oz liquid smoke

coarse sea salt or kosher salt

(optional garlic and 1 Tbsp. ginger-not authentic but SO good!)

Be sure the Pork is completely thawed and then poke it several times with a sharp knife.  Pour the salt over the entire thing and rub it in with your hands.  Place it in your crock pot and pour the liquid smoke over it.  Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.  Flip it over in the crock pot.  If the liquids seem a bit low than add 1/2 cup water and any remaining liquid smoke. Cook on low for another 2-4 hours (this depends on how hot your crock pot’s ‘low’ is) Once it’s just done cooking then take it out and shred.  Put back in crock pot , stir up, and set to warm for about an hour until ready to serve.

Kalua Pork revisited:  I wanted to try out an oven version of this, so I tried and it turned out AMAZING!  So, here’s what I did:

Same as above, but after I rubbed it down with the smoke and salt I rubbed on a couple of cloves of minced garlic and grated ginger.  Wrap the pork in aluminum foil tightly and place in a big roasting pan.  Pour water in the bottom of the pan so its an inch or two thick. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour and then lower to the temp for 325 for another 3 – 3 1/2 hours or until tender and cooked through.

Mmmmmm.