WELCOME

Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Friday, December 30, 2011

SPINACH CASSEROLE

2 pkgs (10-oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
2 cups cream-style cottage cheese
1/2 cup butter, cut-up
1 1/2 American cheese, cubed
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients. 

Spray the interior of the crockpot or slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray; pour the spinach mixture into the cooker.  Cover and cook on high for approximately 1 hour.  Reduce heat setting to low and cook for an additional 4 to 5 hours.


Note: This recipe is from the Rival Crock-pot Cookbook I got with my first crockpot.  My dad bought my mom, sister, and myself all the orange colored crockpot shown in the picture back in the 1970s.  I have been a crock-pot, slow cooker fan ever since!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

HUNGARIAN GOULASH

2 lb round steak, cut into bite-size cubes
1 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1 can (28-oz) tomatoes
1 cup sour cream
hot buttered noodles for serving

Place the steak cubes, onion, and garlic in the crock pot or slow cooker.  Stir in the flour, stirring to coat all the steak pieces.  Add the salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, bay leaf, and tomatoes, including the juice.  Stir to blend well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours.  May cook 5 to 6 hours on high heat, stirring occasionally.  30 minutes before serving, stir in the sour cream, mixing in thoroughly.  Serve over the hot buttered noodles.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

VENISON STEW

2 lb venison stew meat in 1-inch cubes
salt
pepper
1 tbsp butter
3 stalks celery, cut diagonally into 1/2 to 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp chopped parsley or 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red cooking wine
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

Sprinkle the meat cubes with salt and pepper. 

Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet; add the meat and brown lightly on all sides.

Place the celery and onion in the crockpot or slow cooker; add meat over the veggies.  Sprinkle with the parsley flakes.

In a mixing bowl stir the water, wine, and tomato sauce together until blended.  Pour mixture into the cooker.  Add the corn.

Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 12 hours or on high setting for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serving suggestion:  Serve with hot butter noodles or brown rice.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

VEGETABLE LENTIL SOUP

2 cups lentils, presoaked & drained
5 cups water
2 slices bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, sliced into thin coins
2 stalks of celery, including tops, sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1 can (16-oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Place all the ingredients in a crockpot or slow cooker; stir mixture to combine well.  Place cover on cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.  Taste before serving and add any additional seasonings needed.


Monday, December 26, 2011

CHICKEN CHILI VERDE

4 to 5 chicken breasts
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 small can (8 tbsp) diced green chilies
1 cup green enchilada sauce

Set crockpot or slow cooker at low setting.  Combine the chicken, onion, green chilies, and enchilada sauce in the cooker.  After 6 hours of cooking on low, remove chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool then shred.  Return the chicken to the cooker and cook for another hour or two.

This can be served alone or as a filler in burritos, tacos, on salads, etc. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

OLD FASHION RICE PUDDING WITH RAISINS

2 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp soft butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 beaten eggs
3/4 cup raisins

Lightly grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray the inside of a crockpot or slow cooker.

In a mixing bowl thoroughly combine the rice with the remaining ingredients.  Pour the mixture into the prepared cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high setting for 1 to 2 hours.  Stir once or twice during the first 30 minutes of cooking to rice from clumping together.


Friday, December 23, 2011

PORK CHILI

2 cans (14.5-oz each) chicken broth
2 cans chili-ready diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15.5-oz) kidney beans, drained
1 can (15-oz) black beans, drained
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 (2 1/2 lb) boneless pork shoulder roast
8-oz shredded Cheddar cheese for topping
1 1/4 cups sour cream for topping

In a crockpot or slow cooker combine the chicken broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, onion, chili powder, and cumin.  Stir mixture to combine well.  Add the pork, place lid on cooker and cook on low heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high setting approxiately 7 hours.

Remove the meat from the cooker and shred.  Return to the cooker and stir to blend meat in.

To serve, spoon the chili into bowls and top with Cheddar cheese and sour cream, if desired.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

SLOW COOKED CHICKEN CACCIATORE

1 tbsp canola oil
3 lb skinless chicken breasts and thighs
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 can (28-oz) crushed tomatoes, do not drain
1 lb fresh button mushrooms, halved
2 large yellow onions, coarsely chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into long strips
1 1/4 cups chicken stock, divided
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 pkg (16-oz) fettuccine, cooked and drained

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; brown chicken well on all sides.

While chicken is browning, put the garlic, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and 1 cup of the chicken stock in a 6-quart crockpot or slow cooker.  Stir the mixture to combine well.  Add the browned chicken pieces, turning them to coat. 

Place lid on cooker and cook on low heat setting for 8 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove the chicken to a serving platter and keep warm. 

In a small bowl stir the cornstarch into the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken stock; blend until the mixture is smooth.  Stir the cornstarch mixture into the cooker.  Replace lid and cook on high heat setting for 10 minutes until the mixture boils and thickens.  Serve the sauce with the chicken and the cooked fettuccine. 

OYSTER STEW

1 quart whole milk
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp water
1 pint oysters with liquid
cayenne pepper

Mix the flour and water in a small bowl or cup until mixture is smooth.

Place the milk, butter, salt, and the Worcestershire sauce, in the crockpot or slow cooker.  Stir in the flour mixture until well blended.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on high setting for 1 1/2 hours.  Stir well.  Add the oysters and cook on low for another 2 to 4 hours.  Sprinkle with the cayenne pepper before serving.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TASTY FLAVORED CHOCOLATE FONDUE

6 (1-oz each) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar (Since I am now a diabetic I use Splenda granulated)
1/2 cup butter
dash of salt
3 tbsp orange liqueur or creme de cocoa
1/4 cup evaporated milk

Put all the above ingredients into the crockpot or slow cooker and stir until thoroughly mixed.  Cover and set on high for 30 minutes to get the chocolate melting.  Stir to blend chocolate in.  Reduce heat setting to low and continue cooking for 2 to 3 hours.  May reduce heat to keep warm setting for 4 to 6 hours, if desired.

Suggested dippers for your fondue: Angel food or pound cake cut into cubes, large marshmallows (kids especially like these), apples, pears, or bananas cut into pieces.

NOTE:  If you do not want to use the orange liqueur or creme de cocoa, you can use liquid flavorings.  A good example is peppermint flavoring especially at the holidays.  Start with a couple of teaspoonsful, taste and add more according to your taste.

Monday, December 19, 2011

NEW ENGLAND STYLE BAKED BEANS

1 1/2 lbs dry navy beans, cover with water and soak overnight
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp salt
1/4 lb salt pork, diced

Place the beans in the crockpot or slow cooker with 1 cup water.  Cook on high for 30 to 45 minutes until softened.

Add the remaining ingredients to the beans in the cooker; mix together well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting 10 to 12 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours.  Stir occasionally during cooking process.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

CREAMY GARLIC SWISS STEAK

2 lbs round steak, 3/4-inch thick
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 onion, sliced thin
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can of water
1 garlic clove, minced

Cut the steak into serving-size pieces and season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Layer half the onion slices in the bottom of the crockpot or slow cooker; top with the steak pieces.  Layer the remaining onion slices over the steak.

In a bowl whisk together the mushroom soup, water, and garlic until smooth.  Pour the soup mixture over the ingredients in the cooker.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on high for approximately 1 hour.  Lower the heat to low and cook 8 up to 10 hours.

To serve place the meat on platter and spoon cooking sauce over the top.

Friday, December 16, 2011

HOT BUTTERED RUM

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
pinch of salt
3 sticks cinnamon
6 whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg or 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 quarts hot water
2 1/2 cups rum

Combine all the above ingredients in a slow cooker or crockpot and stir together well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on high setting for 2 hours; turn down to low setting and cook for 3 to 4 hours.  Can keep warm in cooker for up to 6 additional hours.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

HONEY CHICKEN WING APPETIZERS

3 lbs chicen wings
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups honey
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
sesame seeds, optional

Rinse the chicken wings and pat dry.  Cut off the wing tips and discard.  Cut each wing at the joint to make two pieces.  Place wings on a broiler pan and sprinkle the salt and pepper.  Broil about 4-inches from the heat for approximately 10 minutes to brown.  Turn wings and repeat to brown the second side.  Transfer the browned wings to a crockpot or slow cooker.

To make sauce, combine the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, and garlic in a small bowl; pour over the chicken wings in the cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting 4 to 5 hours or on high setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. 

Garnish wings with the sesame seeds, if desired.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PORK CHOPS WITH PEAS

4 to 6 1-inch thick pork chops
1 pkg (16-oz) frozen field peas with snaps, mostly thawed
1 1/2 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 can (10.5-oz) condensed chicken broth

Place the peas in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker or crockpot.

Combine the dried mustard, salt, and garlic powder; sprinkle mixture over the pork chops. 

Place flour in a shallow pie plate and dredge chops through the flour, shaking off excess.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the canola oil until hot.  Place chops in pan (in batches in necessary) and cook approximately 3 minutes per side until browned.  Remove the pork chops from the skillet to the slowcooker, placing them over the peas.

Saute the onion in the hot pork chop drippings over medium-high heat for a few minutes until tender.  (This adds extra flavor rather just slicing onions into the cooker.)  Add the chicken broth and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to loosen any particles left by the chops from the bottom of the skillet.  Spoon this onion mixture over the pork chops in the cooker.  Cover cooker and cook chops on low heat setting for 6-7 hours.