I was in 2 minds about whether or not to blog about this or not. I was a bit disappointed in the taste to be honest. But Gary encouraged me to blog about it anyway so I could say what I would different, so here it is.
This is a Nigella Express recipe, adapted for the slow cooker. You can see the original recipe here.
Pollo Alla Cacciatora
Add 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces, and brown in the pan for a few moments. Transfer to a slow cooker and add 400g chopped tomatoes, 110ml white wine, 2 bay leaves and a teaspoon of sugar. Cook on low heat for 8 hours (or if you are pushed for time, 6 hours on medium or 4 hours on high).
Add a 400g tin of canellini beans for the last 30 minutes - crank the heat up to high as well. If it is too watery take the lid off and cook on high til it is reduced.
Serve with crusty bread, rice or pasta.
|Pollo Alla Cacciatora|
As you can see, it looks lovely. I just found the taste rather bland. I have a few theories:
- I used cheap tinned tomatoes which usually doesn't make a difference but in this case I think I got what I paid for;
- A bit more sugar would bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes, instead they tasted quite bitter
- The bitter taste might have also been down to the wine, perhaps adding it to the pan to cook out a bit rather than pouring into the slow cooker would work better next time
- A splash of Worcestershire sauce, or tomato puree, might have lifted the flavour a bit
- Ditto a sprinkling of Parmesan and some basil
Anyway, live and learn. Give it a go and see what you think - don't let my experience/lack of cooking skill put you off!
Oh, and by the way.........
|Handed in this morning. Hooray!|