Ok fellow Chowhounders the time has come for me to get married. By this time next week I will be at my 3rd Sheva Brachos. By July, my Kallah and I will be preparing our first Shabbos by ourselves for the first time. Neither of us have any experience in making some good old Chulent.
This is where you guys come in. I need recipes, just not ordinary recipes. I know how to put barley, potatoes and meat in a crock pot. Although, I do not know how to make flavorful, thick and liquidy Chulent. Is Kishka mandatory? Can tomatoes be put in? What's a better base, barley or beans? HELP!
I am also looking for random ingrediants that have worked well for you in your Chulent. I've heard of beer, chicken wings, ketchup, honey, scotch, tobasco sauce, various kugels, paprika, even pineapple being put into Chulent.
Also, when is the best time to turn on the crock pot? Thursday night, friday morning or friday before sunset? And how much is enough for 2 people?
Thanks for all the help and input.