The days that you just do not have time to do the dinner routine often out number the days that you do. If it isn’t one thing, its another, amiright? And while I’m no advocate of the culture of busy (although I’m human, and I fall victim), I do acknowledge that some days there are too many things to do and no time to whisk a sauce slowly over a burner. Those days are crock-pot days. And this is one of those easier than easy crock-out recipes.
Lazy day chicken and gravy.
Lazy day chicken and gravy with “cheesy” mash
1 chicken, approximately 4 lbs
4 cloves garlic
1 can chicken broth (14 oz)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
6 tablespoons ghee
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
3 lbs little red potatoes
salt and pepper
Clean and slice the leeks. If you haven’t worked with leeks before, know that they are dirty. If you slice off the bottom, and slice off the tops, being the bits that look more like leaves than stalk. Okay, so slice that stalk down the middle and separate the layers in a colander and rinse under water until there is no more dirt. Throw the sliced leeks and the four whole cloves of garlic, the tomato paste with one tablespoon of ghee in the crock-pot for one hour on the low setting. At this point you can walk away. Go ahead, leave it alone while you walk the dogs or fold the laundry.
One hour later, your leeks and garlic should be soft. Now you can add the chicken. So throw the whole chicken in the crock-pot. Please check first you have removed any neck or gizzards that may be in the cavity. Anyway, yes, throw the whole thing in, sprinkle with salt and pepper and any other herb that you fancy. Add half of the can of chicken stock. Cover and let it go for seven hours on low. When the chicken is done, remove from the crock-pot and blitz the vegetables and liquid that remains in a blender – that’s the gravy!
To make the mash clean and quarter the potatoes. Throw the potatoes in a pot and cover with water and boil for thirty minutes or until fork tender. When fully cooked, drain and put them back in the pot off the heat. Mash by hand with the remaining broth, ghee, and nutritional yeast. Serve the chicken and potatoes with the gravy.