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Old 03-27-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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Post your BEST Slow Cooker Recipe(s).......

Ok,I know we have the ER cookbook and all that, but DW was given a nice stoneware crock pot and I am looking to break it in.

Never have been much of a slow cooker guy but willing to try........

Thanks in advance......
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I mostly use mine for roasts. Cube potatoes and carrots, place in bottom of crock. Add roast seasoned to your liking, cover with some onion slices, add 1/4 cup water (or broth/stock). Cook on low overnight, or about 10 hours. Plain vanilla, Sunday-dinner style pot roast.

Now, for heart attack on a plate, add 2 lbs. processed cheese, 1 lb. sausage (already prepared), one 16-oz. jar of salsa, and one can of condensed cream of mushroom soup, to the crockpot. Heat on low, strring often, until melted/blended. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Here's one we like.

Start with a couple of Granny Smith apples and an onion. Dice them and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Take a pork roast (we use one about 2 pounds usually) and coat it completely with honey mustard. Add a little bit of seasoning and fire it up on low for 7-8 hours.
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Meat: 1 or 2 frozen Cornish hens. Sprinkle with salt and pepper all over. Cook on Low setting for 8 hours. Use turkey baster to remove all but 1/4" of juices, strain and save in freezer to use as a base for future soups.
Now baste the chicken with any flavoring sauce you wish - barbecue, Chinese Hoisin or Duck sauce, Italian dressing, Buffalo hot wing, canned peaches or pears pureed in a blender, etc etc.
Cook on High for another 30 minutes. Spoon juices into a small bowl to use as dipping sauce.
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Sausage & Peppers
Cut up sausage ( I usually use turkey sausage ). I pre cook it in the microwave .
Add 1 green pepper cut up and 1 onion cut up . Pour one can of hunts Spaghetti sauce over it . Season with Italian seasoning and cook all day on low . Serve over Ziti
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DH made ham with coke--pour a can of coke over a ham, cook til ham turns into pulled-pork consistency. He thought it was good
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Brown some meat. Brown some peppers and onions. Throw it in the pot with 4-6 cans of various beans. Add stewed tomatoes and/or diced. Add a packet of chili seasoning, and anything else you can find in the spice cabinet. Cinnamon works well too. Cook it for 6-8 hours on low.

Eliminate liquid as much as possible from the beans and vegetables before you add them.
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I'm not much on cooking but this is easy, even for me. Buy a small pack of boneless chicken breast. Put in the bottom of crock pot. Salt and pepper. Pour in a can of cream of mushroom soup. A can of cream of celery soup. Add a sliced small onion. Throw in some baby carrots if you like those. Set crock pot on high and cook for 4-5 hours. Simple and good.
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My standard crock pot.
Chicken breast bonesless or thighs.
2-4 medium potatoes chunked
1 Large onion slice
Baby carrots (2 cups or so)
1 bulb garlic
4 turkey/chicken sausage links sliced (Aidels at Costco)
1-2 cans of stewed tomato and/or tomato sauce.
Herbs fresh or dried. I especially like bay leaf in a crock pot.
1/2 cup red wine.
Saute onions and garlic. Optionally sausages.
Place in crock pot.
Cook medium high for 4-6 hours.

Roast also work well.
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I like to slow cook a pork roast until it's almost done. Then I cut it in half and throw it on the grill.

I'm into slow cookers, DH likes microwaves.
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onions
garlic
beans
rice
sufficient water/broth/wine
various veggies
fresh herbs/spices
piece of cheap meat on top (hocks feet jowls necks)
8 hours on low
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Potato Leek Soup

Wash and cube red potatoes - leaving peeling on
Split one or two leeks and wash out any sand in the layers before chopping
Place in crock pot with enough water to just cover
Add your fav spices. We like baby dill and Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt. I like a little butter in mine.

For a creamier base, replace some of the water with milk.

Cook on low for all day or high for a few hours - until potatoes are done.
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Potato Leek Soup

Wash and cube red potatoes - leaving peeling on
Split one or two leeks and wash out any sand in the layers before chopping
Place in crock pot with enough water to just cover
Add your fav spices. We like baby dill and Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt. I like a little butter in mine.

For a creamier base, replace some of the water with milk.

Cook on low for all day or high for a few hours - until potatoes are done.

I agree - except I would change step 1 to - take a leek then begin
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I love my slow cookers. I have three. They were a life and money saver when I was working. While I now have all the time in the world to cook at home and do I still use them for days that I am busy in the yard or running a lot of errands and the like and know I will be too beat to stand over a hot stove at the end of the day. I am posting a link to what I feel is one of the best cookbooks for the slow cooker.

Amazon.com: Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens): Better Homes and Gardens: Your Store
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Good/Easy spaghetti:

One jar Ragu spaghetti sauce
Slice and thoroughly saute one onion
Slice and saute 1 cup mushrooms
Cut up and brown two big turkey sausages (or chicken or other meat)
1 tsp brown sugar.

Put everything in the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 6 hours or more. Serve over whole wheat angel hair pasta.
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Chicken Noodle Soup in the crockpot

Boneless chicken (breast and/or dark meat), cut in 1" pieces
Chicken broth from cooking the chicken, strained, approx 1 C
Water, approx 1 C
Parsley, dried (1 tsp) or fresh (1/2 tsp)
Fresh ground peppercorns (multi-color), to taste
Pinch of salt
Chopped white sweet onion
Fresh baby carrots
Fresh celery, thin sliced
Cooked wide egg noodles (or No Yokes noodles)

Turn on crockpot.
Throw in all ingredients except noodles. Use the "eyeball" method for quantities of chicken and veggies for number of servings. Use a big soup bowl to measure amounts per serving. Add enough water to cover.
Cook all day on LOW, adjusting salt and pepper to taste.
Cook noodles separately and add to soup 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with fresh bread or crostini.
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Turn on crockpot.
Right. Here's my tip, from experience: Never turn it off. That is leave the switch on, and always plug it in as soon as you take it out of the cupboard.
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Salsa Verde Pork:

Put in crock pot:

3 lbs trimmed pork shoulder
3 cups chicken broth
1 14-oz jar salsa verde
1 chopped onion
1 bay leaf
1 tsp ground cumin

cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Remove pork from cooker and shred. Put in a cookie sheet and broil in oven until browned and crisp on the tips.

Meanwhile, skim fat from liquid in cooker. Put liquid into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce until it's a bit thicker.

Mix shredded pork and reduced cooking liquid.

Serve with corn tortillas, sour cream, black beans, green salsa, and lettuce.

Makes a great taco party dish.
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Oh, the other thing I love to make in my slow cooker, thanks to Alton Brown, is oatmeal.

Put 1 cup steel-cut oats into slow cooker and cover with 4 cups liquid (I use almond milk, but you can use water, milk, or other liquids). Turn on low for overnight, and it's ready in the morning. I make a big batch -- it stores in the fridge and reheats quickly and easily in the microwave or on the stove.
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Brown some meat. Brown some peppers and onions. Throw it in the pot with 4-6 cans of various beans. Add stewed tomatoes and/or diced. Add a packet of chili seasoning, and anything else you can find in the spice cabinet. Cinnamon works well too. Cook it for 6-8 hours on low.

Eliminate liquid as much as possible from the beans and vegetables before you add them.
A 1/2 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder adds some complexity as well and you'd never know it's in there!
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