This is inspired by my grandmother's Methodist church pasty fundraisers and a quick skillet meal posted by Tom, a whole30 forum moderator. This is a regular meal for us, with subtle variations depending on my time restraints. Variation notes posted below.
1# ground beef
1# ground pork sausage
1 huuuuuge rutabaga, diced
1-2# carrots, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 bunch kale or 9oz spinach, chopped
Salt, pepper, garlic
Tonight I mixed all the chopped raw ingredients together and then baked it for an hour in two open baking dishes at 350*F. I love the crispy bites!
Other times I sauté/fry each ingredient separately in my 5qt fry pan (again so they get crispy spots) and stir it together at the end.
If you want to use the crockpot, you can use either method. Knead the raw ingredients together and cook on high 5-6 hours. Or precook and keep warm until you are ready. Either way works -precooking creates more browning, using the crockpot to cook makes everything more tender. I would recommend using spinach in the crockpot - kale can get rather fragrant with the long steaming time.
This makes approx 5qts worth, enough for almost two meals if we have sides. Man my girls eat a lot!
I prefer to eat it over fresh salad greens with either ketchup (old habits) or thousand island. A simple oil & vinegar is also delicious! My husband eats his salad on the side. My girls just keep eating. Ha.