Disclosure: I received a Ninja Kitchen Cooking System from Ninja Kitchen to review as compensation for the following post but all opinions are my own.
As you might have noticed by reading along here or visiting my Recipes list, I love to use my slow cooker. I love the idea of being able to dump some ingredients into a pot and turn it on in the morning when honestly I still have the energy to deal with dinner, and then not have to worry about anything but eating in the evenings after the kiddos and I have had a busy day. Almost daily I am browsing slow cooker recipes to share here or cook for the Sparkles Family. There is one thing though that without fail that would make me skip over a recipe such as a slow cooker roast though. Anything requiring the extra step of searing or browning the meat was probably just not going to happen. I felt like if I was going to turn on the stove or dirty a pan, I might as well just cook there. My world has changed. Not kidding. I need no longer steer clear of any recipe for my slow cooker. I am so excited to share why and a delicious Cajun recipe!
About a month ago, I had the privilege of attending Blog Her Food in Austin. Along with learning a lot about food blogging, I met some wonderful people. A few of those people were from Ninja Kitchen. To be honest, I had never heard of Ninja Kitchen but Sarah and the others from Ninja in Boston did a great job educating me on their awesome line of products like the Ninja Kitchen System (just about the most amazing blender you could hope for that does so much more than blend), Ninja Frying System (which The Quiet Man has already requested for Christmas to make his homemade “chips”- fries to the Americans) and the Ninja Kitchen Cooking System. When they told me that the Ninja Kitchen Cooking System can sear meat in the same pot as it can be slow cooked in, I fell in love.
The Cooking System has a stove top function that is not found in other slow cookers and can be used to either sear the meat for some “searious” slow cooking or used to make a one pot meal with minimal clean up.
What is also very cool about the Cooking System is that you can bake in it! The combination of steam and direct heat offers amazingly moist results. I will be showing off the Cooking System’s baking skills soon!
As if the stove top function, slow cooking and baking abilities of the Cooking System aren’t awesome enough, you can also roast with it! The steam infused side and bottom heat cooks 50% faster than conventional ovens!
It comes with everything shown below and is heavy duty non stick material so clean up is easy! The control panel was easy to use, the function knob easy to navigate, and the digital timer and thermometer took the guess work out of cooking. Not exaggerating when saying this baby has already become my very favorite thing in my kitchen!
Now, on to the fun I had with it!
The quiet man loves roast and often asks me to make one and every now and then I give in, but as I mentioned the extra step of stove top searing makes it not one of my favorite things to cook. I was so excited about the “searious” slow cooking function that I decided to test it out and treat hubs to one of his favorites. Instead of the usual roast though I decided to make it a Cajun recipe. My mom and I were watching Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Kitchen and she did a low country boil with shrimp, red potatoes, onions, and Cajun seasonings. I thought how yummy it would be to try those ingredients with a roast and serve it with French bread and have Cajun roast beef sandwiches. So that’s what I did!
- 1 3lb chuck roast
- 1 red onion chopped into large pieces
- 8 red potatoes halved
- 1 cup water
- 1 can beef consumme
- 1 onion soup packet
- ½ TBS Tony Chachere
- 2 TBS Creole Mustard (I used Zatarains)
- 1 TBS Brown Sugar
- Brown roast.
- Combine all other ingredients with roast in slow cooker.
- Stir thoroughly to mix.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours depending on roast size and slow cooker.
- Roast can be served alone, with au jus, or on French bread for a Cajun roast beef sandwich.
Note: This recipe can be used with any slow cooker not just the Ninja Kitchen Cooking System.
With the Cooking System it was so easy to sear the roast on stove top function and switch right over and add the ingredients and turn on the slow cooker. The house smelled oniony (Is that a word??) and wonderful all day and the meat was so tender it sliced easily. The au jus had zest to it with just a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar. We could see the seasoning from the Creole mustard in the au jus and the warm French bread was delicious when dipped in the gravy. The Ninja Kitchen Cooking system made the slow cooker roast so easy and as Creole food is one of my faves I’m so happy we turned it into a Cajun recipe. I can not wait to show the other amazing recipes that can be made with the cooking system! Oh, and the Quiet Man was so happy to have his roast!