Bust out the cookbooks girls, Walmarts gonna learn how to cook....

  1. alright. so i got a crock pot for christmas. ***** i don't know how to use it. i did use it once actually. I made spaghetti on the stove and when it was done i put it in the crock pot to keep it warm until everyone else showed up. but i am determined to cook something. so. somebody teach me how. i have to able to hold onto a guy once i get one! lol :kiss
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  3. by   Zee_RN
    I highly recommend the "Fix-it and Forget-it" cookbook which is all crockpot recipes. Easy to read, easy to use; it is a collection of recipes by individuals using the crockpot. In the meantime, I'll go through my files and let you know of anything interesting....
  4. by   Zee_RN
    Here's one:


    1 to 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts cut into pieces
    1 c. packed brown sugar
    1/3 c. vinegar
    1/4 cup 7 up
    2 - 3 Tbl. minced garlic (depends on how much you like garlic)
    2 Tbl. soy sauce

    Place chicken pieces in crockpot. Mix all ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve over rice or noodles.
  5. by   shygirl
    You can make a nice roast in a crock pot.

    Use 1 packet of Lipton beefy onion dry soup mix
    Add about 1 cup of water, pour in crock pot
    Add your roast and cook on low for about 3 hours
    Then add some cut up potatoes and carrots
    Poke holes in the roast and turn putting some of the juice in the holes.
    Cook an additional 5-6 hours on low. That's it.
    You can also use cheaper cuts of meat because the crock makes it come out buttery soft!

    Make a nice salad on the side and you've got a nice meal.

  6. by   shygirl
    Zee, that brown sugar chicken sounds yummy!

  7. by   Lausana
    hehe my big crockpot has liquid potpurri in it now I actually did make beef stroganoff in it before I'll look for the recipe when I get home.
  8. by   Zee_RN
    Also a quick and easy "recipe-less" recipe.

    On Friday, I put 5 FROZEN boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot. Put in about 1/2-2/3 jar of barbecue sauce, 1/2 cup of orange juice and a sliced onion. Set the crockpot on 6 hours and walked away. Cooked up some rice in my rice steamer (another essential gadget) and kids had chicken and rice and I did very little work. They loved it, too.
  9. by   sunnygirl272
    mac & cheese


    8 oz macaroni noodles, cooked .
    1/2 c. butter
    3 c sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    1 12 oz can evaporated milk (evap skim is fine)
    1 1/2 c whole milk (I used 2%, it came out fine)
    2 eggs

    Grease cp lightly w/spray on oil. Cook noodles add to cp. Add butter and cheese, mix. Add milk, evaporated milk, and beaten eggs. Season w/salt and pepper. Cover and DO NOT LIFT LID!!!! (I know, it's very hard for us stirrers!) Cook for 3 hrs on low.

  10. by   delirium
    OK, this is the one that made her promise to love me forever.

    Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

    4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    1 can cream o' chix soup
    1 can cream o' mushroom soup
    Chicken broth or water
    1 onion, chopped
    4 celery stalks, chopped
    Spices of your choice: I use salt, pepper, garlic, and Montreal steak seasoning (I love it and put it on everything)

    Place chicken in bottom of crockpot. Add onion, celery, soups, and spices to taste. Add chicken broth (or water is fine) to cover. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. I never leave my crock on high when I'm not there because it gets really really hot and everything dries out.

    For dumplings, mix 2 cups of bisquick with 2/3 cup of milk. Mix it up and drop by spoonfuls onto chicken mixture 30 minutes before serving. Cook for 15 minutes uncovered and 15 minutes covered.

    This is soooo good. You can also add carrots if you like.

    Edited to add: I have done this with frozen chicken breasts and it is fine. Generally it cooks so long that the chicken is falling apart, but if you prefer you can cut it into chunks. Make sure they are big chunks, though, or you'll end up with shredded chicken.
    Last edit by delirium on Jan 13, '03
  11. by   Lausana
    yyuummyy, these pretzels just aren't tasting as good anymore
  12. by   delirium
    Oh, another super easy and good one is this:

    1 London broil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 1/4 cups diced green chile pepper (I use one small can)
    1 (5 ounce) bottle hot pepper sauce (I use more)
    water as needed
    Salt, pepper, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic to taste

    Heat a bit of oil in large skillet over medium heat and sear meat on all sides. Place in crock. Mine is so small that I usually have to cut the meat in half and layer it (oh, that reminds me I'm watching that 6 qt one on ebay).

    Add onion, chilies, hot sauce, spices, and enough water to cover 1/3 of roast.

    Cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6.

    This is fabulous. We use it for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc., but the meat is so good you can eat it plain. I've even added potatoes and carrots to the crock and made a spicy hot sauce version of a pot roast.
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    It doesn't get any easier than this.

    Pork ribs (1-2 pounds it doesn't matter) in the pot on high*.
    Go to work.
    Come back and drain the grease.
    Add some BBQ sauce and stir it all up.
    Let it heat for about 20 mins. while you make some stove top stuffing and heat some green beans.

    *If you are doing a 12 hour shift use low.


    ps: It's not just a womans job to cook...some of us guys do the cooking too.
  14. by   CashewLPN
    I'm sorry... Crockpot.... EEEWWW!!!
    (I have visions of my fiance's mom with porkchop's and saurkraut.... 2 of my fave foods SEPERATELY!!! together, its NASTY)

    ok.... dahling... you're gonna make something spectactular. And WITHOUT a crockpot. and, you're not gonna kill yourself either... its easy...

    ok... what are crockpots good for... keeping MOIST foods warm... but, beware... my main reason for detesting them is that you have to make sure that it can get your food from refrigerator temp up to above 140deg F in LESS than 2 hours... and, maintain that temp... but if it takes longer to get to 140, you have to get your food up to about 170 degs (in general) for at least 15 minutes... or, you run a phenominal risk of food poisoning... (thanksgiving before last, my aunt did something with her stuffing in the crockpot... and we were all sick... it was nasty.)

    hmm... right now, my crockpot (a very tiny one) is under the cabinet.... personally, I like fast, easy meals... (if you want non crockpot recipes, lemmie know)

    ok, sorry to bust the bubble....
    (then again, I love to cook)