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  1. Hi,
    I just got a 6 quart crockpot in order to actually have real food on the table more than on rare occasion. Just wondering if you all might share your favorite and simplest crodk pot recepies with me. I am a pathetic cook. I also am a nurse as you are so my time and patience (for cooking) is limited.
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Jenny P
    Sharann, most crock pots come with little recipe books that are EXCELLENT for the beginning cook! My favorite recipe is putting cut up potatoes in the bottom of the crock pot, throwing a small beef roast in it (after trimming off all visible fat), then some red wine, grape jam, celery, onions, and salt, pepper, and oregano, marjoram, and thyme. Put the lid on and let it cook on low for 10- 12 hours. I know it sounds weird, but it is good.

    Maybe I should also admit to being the person who has a tray that was given to me by a friend that says:
    "Cooking: the ability to turn ingredients and food into excuses and burnt offerings"
  4. by   delirium
    Ok my crockpot came with an older than dirt cookbook with totally impractical recipes. Come to think of it, it was a gift from my mom, and I think she may have taken the newer cookbook and given me her old one.
    My two crockpot standby dishes are chicken and vegetables and sweet and sour meatballs.
    Potatoes in bottom
    Then carrots
    Then onion
    Then two chicken quarters (I have a small crock!)
    Liberal minced garlic, 2 cups chicken broth, spices however you like them, cook on low for 8 hours

    Then: make meatballs however you like to (I make amazing meatballs, if you'd like to know how PM me), brown them either in skillet or in oven
    Throw in crock with one jar of grape jelly and one thing of barbecue sauce.
    Cook until you can't stand smelling it anymore then EAT
  5. by   l.rae

    sorry Shar...but my hubby acuses me of dusting the stove!!!!!!LOL.....................LR
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    a crok pot is cool, and I used to use one. You have to consider what happens to "food" on a molecular level when you apply heat to it all day. It can lose useful shapes and once in awhile its okay, if you have a counter space =>50 meters squareed for all the other appliences yewd have.

    Now, whats that about someone dusting a stove? I am a pedestrian, and as such, do not go out to eat very much. I'm just as happy to make my food at the stove and fridge. I'm sorry :_(

    I like crock-pot chicken and rice, the southern way :-(
  7. by   aimeee
    My family doesn't seem to notice or care anyway so I keep things simple and just throw the roast, the potatoes, carrots, and an onion in and let it cook. Period.

    I also do "Cheaters Chicken Soup." Get one of the big cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, drain out the noodles and put all the broth +required water into the crock pot along with browned cubed pieces of chicken. Add a couple carrots and a stalk of celery, cook all afternoon, throw in the noodles for the last hour. Great with a loaf of homemade bread (made in the breadmaker of course!)
  8. by   nightingale
    Oh here is a recipe that is an old German favorite of mine:

    Sauerkraut (2 lbs) in bottom with caraway seeds and apple (2 or more) slices cut in 6 pieces. Add country style pork ribs (4-6) that have been trimmed of fat. You may place the ribs on top or cover lightly in the sauerkraut. Cook on low for 8 + hours or till the meat falls off the bone!

    OMG.. oh so good! I love these served with mashed potatoes. I see real mashed potaotes in the forzen food section theses days!

    Eat this dish with a good German beer!


    Last edit by nightingale on Jun 14, '02
  9. by   Mkue

    That recipe sounds heavenly !!

  10. by   susanmary

    1 large onion, thinly sliced
    1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    two 6-oz can tomato paste
    16-oz can crushed tomatoes
    1/2 pound fresh sliced mushrooms
    1 sliced green or red pepper
    2 sliced carrots
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tsp oregano
    1/2 tsp basil
    1 bay leaf
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    1/4 cup water

    Placed sliced onion in bottom of crock pot. Add chicken. Stir remaining ingredients and spread over chicken. Cover. Cook on low 7-9 hours or high 3-4 hours. Serve over hot pasta.

    Very easy recipe -- I prep it the night before & stick it in my fridge. In the am -- turn the crock pot on low -- nice/easy. Play with the seasonings & the amount of tomatoes depending on how much sauce you want over the pasta. I'm Italian and tend to spice it up a bit (no such thing as using ONLY two garlic cloves in my house.) Enjoy.
    Last edit by susanmary on Jun 14, '02
  11. by   nightingale
    The only problem with the recipe is I am the ONLY one in my houselfold who likes Sauerkraut! If I ate it all, and I could, I would get such a tummy ache!

  12. by   Mkue
    My hubby and kids don't like saurkraut either and my husband is German !.

    My Mom used to make something called "Poor Man's Supper" I think, consisting of:

    Saurkraut w/juice
    italian sausage/ground

    mix together and bake in the oven, but I guess you could use crock pot also.

  13. by   Zee_RN

    Remember that you need less liquid when cooking in a crockpot.

    My kids love this:

    1 can beef broth
    1 package spaghetti mix (sounds gross, I is a dried spaghetti mix, like the kind you find in meatloaf/taco mix section)
    Roast (kids prefer eye of round, of course)

    Put beef broth in crockpot. Stir in spaghetti mix and mix up. Put roast in and turn to coat a couple of times. Cook on medium, until done. My kids just LOVE this.
  14. by   sharann
    Thanks for the great recepies guys!
    I can't wait to try them. I am just not a cook type, so these are nice and easy. Thanks for the link Zee!
    My stove dried out years ago.