FAVORITE CROCKPOT RECIPES

A nurse receptionist I met a few days ago mentioned wanting crockpot recipes; I directd her to my blog to find a list of crockpot cookbooks – but as I scanned through the posts of this past year, I realized I haven’t provided you with some favorite crockpot recipes.

Well, there are so many—we all probably have some tried-and-true favorites that we toss into the pot before heading out the door to go to work in the morning So, here are some recipes for you to try:

Easiest Ever Crock Pot Beef Stew

1 package (24 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
1 pound lean stewing beef, cut into small cubes
1 can condensed tomato soup (undiluted)
½ cup water
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
salt & pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
Dash of Kitchen Bouquet

Put the vegetables in the bottom of the crockpot. Add meat. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on low setting 12-14 hours (on high, 3-4 hours). Makes 4 servings.

This is a good recipe to toss into the crockpot before you go to work in the morning.

ST PATRICK’S DAY CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE IN A CROCKPOT

My favorite crockpot recipe actually requires the use of a pressure cooker the day before – I cook a corned beef roast in the pressure cooker for 1 hour (with enough water to cover and the little bag of spices that comes with the meat can be put into a tea caddy or tied up in cheesecloth), let it cool and refrigerate over night (throw away the spice bag, save the broth), then do the following:

potatoes – 3-4, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
carrots – 3-4 peeled and cut in half lengthwise
1 cooked corned beef roast; excess fat removed, cut in thick slices
broth from cooking the corned beef
1 small head cabbage, quartered

All you have to do is put the potatoes and carrots in the bottom of the crockpot. Add the sliced meat; pour the broth from cooking the corned beef over it all, and add the wedges of cabbage. Let it cook on low all day.

(*if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can just cook the corned beef in a pot of water for a few hours)

Easiest Slow Cooker Beef Stew

1 package (24 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
1 pound lean stewing beef, cut into small cubes
1 can condensed tomato soup (undiluted)
½ cup water
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes

Salt & pepper to taste

Put the vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add meat. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on low setting 12-14 hours (on high, 3-4 hours). Makes 4 servings.

This is another good recipe to toss into the slow cooker before you go to work in the morning.

Savory Slow Cooker Beef Stew

1 (24 oz) package frozen mixed vegetables
1 lb lean stewing beef, cut into small cubes
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg onion soup mix
½ cup water

Put the frozen vegetables into the slow cooker. Add meat. Mix together condensed cream of mushroom soup with ½ cup water; pour over vegetables and meat. Sprinkle on onion soup mix, stir to mix; cover and cook on low setting 8-10 hours or on high 3-4 hours.

5-ingredient Slow Cooker Brisket

3-4 lb beef brisket
1 large onion, sliced
1 TBSP liquid smoke
1 12-oz bottle chili sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Arrange onion slices in bottom of slow cooker. Place brisket over onions. Sprinkle on liquid smoke. Pour chili sauce over meat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on low setting 10-12 hours.

(You can add peeled potatoes and carrots in the last 2 hours for a complete meal. Add a little water if necessary).

5-ingredient BBQ Brisket

4-5 lb beef brisket
1 ½ cups your favorite commercial BBQ sauce
1.5 oz bottle liquid smoke
Seasonings: sprinkling of celery salt, garlic salt, onion salt

Place brisket is slow cooker. Sprinkle with seasonings. Pour on liquid smoke. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours. Next day, cook on low setting 8-10 hours or until tender. During the last hour, pour BBQ sauce over the brisket. Excellent served on buns with cole slaw on the side.

Actually, I feel obligated to share the absolute EASIEST BBQ meat/crock pot recipe. You start out with a cooked pork loin roast – have it for dinner one night. (All I do is sprinkle on onion soup mix and wrap the roast in foil; let it roast in a slow (325 degree) oven until it’s done. NEXT day – slice or shred the meat. Toss it into your crockpot. Stir in your favorite brand of BBQ sauce. Let it cook all day. Yum!

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

2 pounds Ground beef
1 cup Corn flake crumbs
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Chopped, fresh parsley
1/3 cup Ketchup
3 tablespoons Minced onions
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Sauce

16 ounces Can, jellied or whole cranberry sauce
12 ounces Chili sauce
1 tablespoon Brown sugar
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, corn flake crumbs, parsley, eggs, ketchup, onion, soy sauce, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well and form into small balls, from 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter. Place in a casserole or baking pan. Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Meanwhile in a saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice. Cook stirring over medium heat until smooth. Pour hot sauce over meatballs in casserole. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the meatballs. Transfer to crockpot and keep on low for serving. Makes 4 to 5 dozen meatballs, depending on size.

Easy Meatball Soup

1 pound frozen meatballs, Italian seasoned
3 cups beef broth
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
1 cup diced potato, about 1 medium potato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
16 ounces (about 3 cups) frozen mixed vegetables

In crockpot, combine meatballs, broth, tomatoes, potato, onion, garlic powder, and pepper. Cover and cook on Low for 7 to 9 hours, until potatoes and onion are tender. Stir in frozen vegetables and cook on HIGH for 1 hour longer. Serves 6. If desired, serve with a tossed salad and pass the Parmesan cheese.

CROCK POT DOUBLE CORN AND POTATO CHOWDER

3 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
1 can cream of corn
1/2 to 3/4 bag frozen corn
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper
1 1/2 cups diced ham or 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, or 1 1/2 cups roasted red peppers, cut to bite size, plus a pinch of crushed rosemary. Put all ingredients in the slow cooker; stir and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Well, these will get you started but keep in mind – almost anything that you would cook for hours in the oven or in a pot on top of the stove – can easily be converted to making in your crockpot. One of my favorites is sauerkraut and pork chops – you want to know what I do? I put several pork chops (or some sausages) in the bottom of the crockpot. I dump on a jar of sauerkraut. I put on the lid, turn the setting on low & go off and forget about it until dinner time. Yummy!

Happy Cooking!

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3 responses to “FAVORITE CROCKPOT RECIPES

  1. Stephanie (Schmidt) Swetland

    Thought I would add my fav potato soup. My sister Mindy gave me this recipe. Peel and cube about 8 potatos, 5 cups water, about 4 cubes chix bullion, some parsley, diced carrots, small onion, about 2 TBSP butter. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Add one can evap milk in the last hour of cooking. I like to mash up some of the potatos in mine and I also add sharp chedder into the pot and then garnish with real bacon bits and sour cream. YUMMO

    • Thanks Stephanie! I DID HAVE your sister’s potato soup recipe but didn’t think of it yesterday. Glad you did. Also want to say that-
      there are a slew of websites you can visit JUST for slow cooker (or crockpot) recipes. We have a supermarket chain called Pavilions & they have a bunch of recipes @ http://www.pavilions.com.
      Another is thousands-of-recipes.com. I lean mostly towards soups & stews, myself.

  2. Good blog Sandy. I like to use my crock-pot. Have been put on a new eating plan because of medical issues and can have no salt, sugar or artifical sweeteners, daily and no bread at all. Been a challenge I can tell you. Have lost 7lbs. in one week but everything is so tasteless. Will check out those web sites for ideas.

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