Cooking in the crockpot is always chancy around our house, because we like flavor, and the crockpot just doesn't deliver. Regardless, I love the crockpot for the ease it brings me. Monday, we had to drive Aaron to and from work, so I knew I had to have food prepared ahead of time so we could eat right when we walked in the door, since we had hungry people by the time we got home ;). I premade dinner to just warm up, and I decided to try a recipe from my cookbook The Italian Slow Cooker from Michele Scicolone. This is one of the better crockpot cookbooks, with lots of flavor usually. The green bean recipe was easy, and I thought it would be flavorful, but it just wasn't. Noah gave it a 2, Owen gave it a 4, and Aaron and I gave it a 6. This wasn't a hit, obviously :). Still, with some tweaking, it might be okay, and it is in the crockpot, so it won't take very long to make.
1 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 whole onion, chopped
2 oz bacon, chopped
1 c canned tomatoes and their juices
1 T fresh marjoram, basil, or thyme (I used dried marjoram)
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 T olive oil
In a skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes, until very tender. Add the bacon and cook until bacon crisps up. Add the tomatoes, green beans, onion mixture, herbs, and salt and pepper and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours, then stir and cook for another 30 minutes. (I did it on low for about 3 hours.) Season again to taste, and serve.
Again, this wasn't great, but it was easy, and not terrible :)