Drunken dinners and other secret recipes

So I have these three recipes that my friends are obsessed with, and I mean obsessed. One time my friend showed up at my place with some super nice steaks and said, “I brought the meat, now pleassseeee make your sauce!” What most people dont know is that two of the three favorites arent even made from scratch. So Im gonna share the weatlth, and the reason these are called drunken recipes are because they all have alcohol in them. They all also involve garlic because its my favorite thing. Let me know what you think or if you’re gonna try them in the comments!

Garlic and Red Wine steak sauce
1/2 Cup A1 GARLIC SUPREME sauce (this cant be found at some stores though, Albertson’s has it for sure)
1/4 Tbsp Garlic powder
1/4 Cup Cabernet Sauvignon

Put wine into pan, bring to a simmer. Add steak sauce and garlic powder in the pan, let simmer for about 5 minutes or so, until the sauce starts to thicken. Take from heat and serve. This sauce is tangy and garlicky and RICH, and its seriously SO easy.

Drunken Pork Chops
4 pork chops
Pork season bag (you can find store brand sometimes,but McCormicks makes one too. Just make sure its pork chops and not pork roast)
1 beer, doesnt matter what kind
3 garlic cloves, halved

Preheat oven and season chops according to bag directions. Toss chops and garlic into bag, and add about 1/2 cup or so of beer. If you add too little or two much, the chops will be dry. Cook, and enjoy. Best served with rice or couscous as a side, because the leftover juice is so yummy and either will soak it up.

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Now this recipe isnt as easy, but its easily worth it.  Most requested of all.

Drunken crockpot Beef Stew
(takes 30 mins to prepare, 10-12 hours to cook)

4 TBSP olive oil
10 cloves garlic, halved
2 lbs trimmed beef chuck, cut into 1-2-inch cubes
2-4 TBSP Flour
8-10 red potatoes, depending on size
1 medium sweet onion, large chopped
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups sliced celery
1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1 cup beef stock or canned beef broth
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp rosemary

You’ll want to prepare the stew the night before because of the cooking time, in the morning just take the pot out of the fridge and press go!

State by chopping potatoes and throw into bottom of crock pot. No need to remove skin. Toss in halved garlic cloves, then the carrots and celery on top of that.  The layering is important. Next, add two TBSP of oil to a pan and heat. One hot, add the beef pieces and sear on HIGH. Do NOT cook pieces, just sear. Once seared, dump contents into pot on top of veggies. Next, add the remaining 2 TBSP of oil to the pan and once hot add chopped onion. Once onions start to cook, add the wine, beef stock, and spices, bring to simmer. Let onions and mixture simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes and then dump on top of meat. Put lid on pot and set in fridge over night, unless you’re making this super early in the AM, all that matters is that you have time to cook it. Finally, when you turn the pot on, turn it on medium or low, depending on your pots settings.

After stew has been cooking for about 5 or 6 hours, check it. If the liquid levels seem too low, add more stock/wine (equal parts) but you probably wont need more than a cup of each tops, depending on your pot. About 9 hours in, remove a cup of the stew broth and pour into a bowl. Whisk in 2 TBSP of flour, and pour back into stew. This will help the stew thicken up. Check one more time at 30 minutes prior to serving and if the stew still isnt thick enough do the broth/flour thing again and let cook for the remaining 30 minutes. Serve, and enjoy!!! This will feed about 4 people.

CrockPot Beef & Broccoli
3lbs chuck roast
2lbs frozen Broccoli
1 sweet onion, sliced
8 garlic cloves, halved
8-10 tbsp teriyaki baste and glaze, depending on how sauced you want it to taste
1 cup beef broth (low sodium)
1 cup water
2 tbsp olive or sesame oil
2 tbsp sesame seeds
Flour
Kosher or Sea salt

Add beef broth, oil, and water to crock pot.
Place chuck roast into bottom of crockpot. You do NOT need to cut it into small pieces yet, instead just score the top of the meat. Rub a pinch of the salt into the cuts and then pour teriyaki glaze on top. Slice onion and garlic and spread around meat. Top with sesame seeds. Cook on Med for 6 hours. After 6 hours, remove beef and slice, put back into pot. After two hours add frozen broccoli and make sure that all pieces are at least touching the liquid in the pot. Cook on HIGH for another hour. Then remove about 3 or 4 cups of liquid and whisk flour in until it has a gravy like quality. Pour back into pot and cook for one more hour. I make rice to serve with this dish. Serves about 6 people.

If you think there isnt enough liquid in the pot, add more beef broth/teriyaki glaze.

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