I tried a new recipe last night. We’re an outrageously finicky bunch and we all dislike different things, so the number of meals all four of us will eat can be counted on one hand. This has inevitably led to our family eating the same few meals every single week.
I’ve tried in the past to introduce new meals and they’ve been unqualified failures. To put it in perspective—Tuesday night, when I warned the family Wednesday and Thursday nights would be new recipes, we went out to dinner to ensure we were fed decently at least once this week.
Last night I made Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches from allrecipes.com. It’s a rump roast that spends the day steeping in a bunch of spices and crap. Then you shred it with a fork and serve it on bulky rolls.
Other than burgers, the two boys aren’t beef eaters. No steaks. No pot roast. Just cheeseburgers. So I told them to try the shredded Italian beef first, before building sandwiches. (I had deli ham as a back-up plan.) They gave it a thumbs up.
Yes, all four of us not only ate the same thing for dinner, but all four of us liked it!
I need to figure out how to tweak it a little for next time I make it. For one, there’s a spice we don’t like very much but, when there’s a gazillion different ones and you have no culinary palate, it’s hard to tell which. After comparing it to previous (failed) recipes, I’m thinking it might be the oregano. Might cut the amount of that.
And I don’t know if I overcooked the rump roast or undercooked it or if it was just a bad cut, but the shredding didn’t go well. It was more of a rip and tear that bent two forks in the process.
The important thing, though, is that the question of whether we’d want to eat that meal again was answered with a unanimous yes.
Tonight—chicken and dumplings. I’ve got my fingers crossed, but going two for two would be nothing short of a miracle.