So, we stayed out at the camper all weekend and I ate my weight in s'mores.
But I also made a yummy crockpot meal. For once. Usually I hate crockpot food because I don't like the texture it gives meat. But, I still try.
Anyway, I had some leftover rotisserie chicken and some leftover fried chicken I wanted to use. So, I cleaned the chicken off the bones and threw it in a crockpot bag. Then, I put in a bag of cooked frozen shrimp and a bag of frozen okra. I sliced up some smoked sausage and threw it in. I added some bay leaves, Cajun seasoning and Italian seasoning. I also had a half a bell pepper so I put that in as well as two chopped up sticks of celery. I packed that bag in the cooler and brought a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce. So, since the meat was already cooked, it really just needed to heat up. I put it in the crockpot and let it heat and simmer for a few hours and it was so delicious on a chilly day! It was also nice to have a real meal but not have to carry tons of separate ingredients.
My husband loved it and it made enough for a bunch of people so I will definitely fix it again. We ate it over rice out of styrofoam cups with plastic forks. It was a very old-school moment for me. I know styrofoam is bad. So sorry. But here's a recipe!
- 1 package of smoked sausage
- 1 bag of frozen shrimp
- However much chicken you want (can do cooked or raw)
- 1 bag of frozen sliced okra
- 1 can diced tomatoes (I think I actually used generic rotel)
- 1/2ish can of tomato sauce
- Add chicken broth if you want it more like a stew
- 1 tbs plus 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
- A few bay leaves
- Dried Italian herbs (oregano, parsley, etc)
- 2 sliced celery sticks
- Diced bell pepper and/or onion
As you can see, it's super customizable and you can add or omit things all over the place. I was thinking some corn and potatoes would be good in it, too. Obviously at some point we lose the right to call it gumbo but I'm from Oklahoma so I have no idea where that point is. You could also cook it on the stove rather than the good old slow cooker. Especially if you now hate your slow cooker because of This is Us.
Speaking of which, I had to fix my crockpot cord with electrical tape on Saturday and one handle has been gone for probably a year. Plus it was like 13 years old. (I know, I know, I don't look old enough to have a teenaged crockpot. But it's true.) So I threw it away. Now, should I get a new one or go for the Instant Pot (Instapot?)? Does the Instantpot replace the Crockpot? Help me.
Look for more posts about camping as the weather warms up! And I know some of y'all are curious about Air BnB so I plan to make a few posts about that as well to talk about both the experience of staying as a guest and making money by renting our hme to strangers for the weekend. I'm hoping to do more of the latter since we have the camper to stay in now!
Love ya, friends! 😙