I absolutely love okra. I grew up eating it in gumbo, my dad always had a jar of pickled okra in the fridge, fried okra always went with the fried chicken and a can of okra and tomatoes was a common side dish.
So I thought I’d try my hand at an okra and tomatoes recipe and was so happy with how it turned out. I used fresh okra but if you can only find frozen, that should work also just don’t get the breaded kind. Also beware of over-cooking, my first batch was allowed to simmer overnight and was almost completely liquid. Also beware of the tomato sauce because sometimes they like to add a little sugar to the recipe. Just check the recipes and make sure it’s just tomatoes and possibly salt.
My slow cooker has really only ever been used for a Velveeta dip I make every Super Bowl season and the occasional chili during the winter. One of the (many!) things I have been having difficulty finding is a good sugar free chicken stock off the shelf. In fact, not even Whole Foods had a variety that didn’t add at least trace amounts of Fructose. So now I had a mission, I wanted a delicious slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken that I could turn around and use the chicken carcass to make a stock I could freeze. Fortunately Half Price Books had a huge clearance sale last week and I was able to get about a dozen different cookbooks for about $20 and one had a recipe that looked interesting.
This recipe was eye-opening to me for one major reason, I have never cooked anything in a slow cooker that wasn’t mostly liquid. When it said to just put the chicken in with no liquid I thought for sure I was reading it wrong but it turned out great! It was literally falling off the bone as I tried to cut it to serve and was so moist and delicious. I’ll put the recipe for the stock up later this week. (although you might have seen it on my Instagram feed) The other thing you need to know is that it’s important to line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions and celery in order to get the chicken off the bottom of the pot. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!