The French Slow Cooker by Michele ScicoloneThe French Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone

The French Slow Cooker

byMichele Scicolone

Paperback | January 1, 2012

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With a slow cooker, even&nbspnovices can turn out dishes that taste as though they came straight out of the kitchen of a French grandmère . Provençal vegetable soup. Red-wine braised beef with mushrooms. Chicken with forty cloves of garlic. Even bouillabaisse. With The French Slow Cooker, all of these are as simple as setting&nbspthe timer and walking away.Michele Scicolone, who showed home cooks how to prepare extraordinary Italian fare in the slow cooker, now does the same for the French classics, adapting dishes from her travels across France so they&nbspcan be&nbspmade with a fraction of the effort. Scicolone gives plenty of tips for coaxing the utmost out of every dish while keeping the flavors fresh.And she goes far beyond the usual slow-cooker standbys of soups and stews. How about Slow-Cooked Salmon with Lemon and Green Olives, Crispy Duck Confit, Soft Cheese Soufflé, and for dessert, Ginger Crème Brûlée? With The French Slow Cooker, the results are always magnifique .
MICHELE SCICOLONE is the author of  The Italian Slow Cooker, Entertaining with the Sopranos, The Sopranos Family Cookbook (a New York Times bestseller), and Bistro Laurent Tourondel. Her 1000 Italian Recipes and A Fresh Taste of Italy were nominated for James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals ...
Title:The French Slow CookerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.13 × 7.5 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547508042

ISBN - 13:9780547508047


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Butternut Bisque The sunny color and mild, sweet flavor of this soup make it very appealing. Serve it as a first course before a roast chicken, or pour it into mugs to enjoy with a ham sandwich. SERVES 6 TO 8 1 large butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 medium onion, chopped 1 large sweet apple, such as Fuji or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and chopped 6 cups Chicken Broth (page 40), store-bought chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water Salt ½ cup heavy cream, plus more for garnish Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish Sliced apples, for garnish In a large slow cooker, combine the squash, onion, apple, and broth. Add 1 tea¬spoon salt.   Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the vegetables are very soft. Let cool slightly. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Add the cream and nutmeg and blend again. Reheat if necessary. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.   Spoon the soup into serving bowls, drizzle each serving with a teaspoon of heavy cream, garnish with the nutmeg and apple slices, and serve hot. Chicken with Escargot Butter In my opinion, the best thing about the French classic Escargots Bourguignons is not the snails but, rather, the mouthwatering parsley and garlic butter that covers them. It’s too good to be relegated to the occasional escargot. I like to slather the butter under the skin of a chicken before “roasting” it in the slow cooker. SERVES 4 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened ½ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons minced shallot or onion 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 chicken (about 4 pounds) In a small bowl, mash the butter with the parsley, shallot, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.   Remove the neck and giblets from the chicken cavity and reserve them for another use. Trim away any excess fat.   Sprinkle the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper to taste. Carefully lift the skin covering the legs and breasts. With your fingers, spread the garlic butter on the meat, beneath the skin. Place a little of the mixture inside the chicken. Place the chicken in a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the chicken is tender and the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh measures 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.   Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and cut it into serving pieces. Skim the fat from the pan juices. Drizzle the pan juices over the chicken and serve hot. Calamari Niçoise with Black Olives Calamari turn tender and sweet after long, slow cooking. Serve over pasta, hot rice, or couscous. SERVES 6 ¼ cup olive oil 2 medium onions, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 cup dry white wine 3 cups chopped peeled (see page 18) and seeded fresh tomatoes, or one 28-ounce can tomatoes, drained and chopped Salt 3 pounds calamari, cleaned and cut into 1-inch rings ½ cup chopped imported pitted black olives Pinch of piment d’Espelette (see page 18) or crushed red pepper Chopped fresh basil In a large heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Add the tomatoes and salt to taste. Bring to a simmer.   Pour the sauce into a large slow cooker. Stir in the calamari. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, or until the calamari are tender.   Stir in the olives and piment d’Espelette. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Sprinkle with basil and serve hot.    

Table of Contents

Introduction  1
Why a Slow Cooker?  3
Choosing a Slow Cooker   5
Tips and Techniques   7
Slow Cooker Safety  11
The French Pantry   13
MEATS   76
BASICS   215
Index   225

Editorial Reviews

Here's what I know about savvy French home cooks: They love great tasting food. And if making that great tasting food is practical and convenient, they love it even more. I'd bet that if French cooks could get their hands on Michele Scicolone's French Slow Cooker, which is filled with smart, practical, and convenient recipes, they'd never let it go."- Dorie Greenspan, Around My French Table "