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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

RED POTATO SOUP

10 red potatoes, cubed or chunked
1 large onion, diced and sauteed in butter
5 cups water
3 tbsp chicken bouillon
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp dry Ranch dressing mix
2 tsp dried parsley
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pkg (3-oz) real bacon bits
1 cup cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped green onion

In a slow cooker, put the potatoes, onion, water, bouillon, garlic, Ranch dressing mix, parsley, salt, pepper, and bacon bits; stir to blend.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Stir in the remaining ingredients and heat through.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Note: File Photo









COPYCAT RECIPE FOR CAFE RIO SHREDDED CHICKEN

Cook this chicken for 6 to 8 hours in your slow cooker and have delicious chicken for tacos, enchiladas, salads, etc.

2 pounds chicken breasts
1/2 a small bottle of zesty italian dressing
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 packet ranch dressing mix – mixed with 1/2 cup water
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin

Place all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on high 5-6 hours OR low 8 hours. Shred with fork and use as filling for tacos, burritos, salads, etc.

Note: This recipe is from Jen at Yummy Healthy Easy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LAYERED COWBOY CASSEROLE

1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef, browned and drained
8 medium potatoes sliced with the skin on
1 can red kidney beans (I sometimes use chili beans)
1 can tomato soup
2 garlic cloves, minced (or garlic powder to suit your taste)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Cover the bottom of cooker with the onion; top with the well drained beef. Layer the potatoes over the beef and the beans over the potatoes.

Whisk the garlic, salt and pepper into the soup; pour over all.

Place cover on cooker and cook on low about 8 hours.

Note: This is a file photo

Monday, February 23, 2015

CURRIED CHICKEN STEW

8 bone-in chicken thighs
2 tsp olive or canola oil
6 carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 medium-size sweet onion, cut into narrow wedges
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup mild or hot (depending on taste) curry paste
Chopped pistachios, golden raisins, cilantro, and/or crushed red pepper - all optional

Trim excess skin and fat from chicken.

In a 12-inch skillet heat oil until hot. Add chicken and cook, skin side down, 8 minutes or until browned. (Do not turn!) Remove from heat; drain and discard fat.

In a slow cooker, combine carrots and onion.

In a bowl, whisk together half the coconut milk* with the curry paste; pour over carrots and onion. Place the chicken, skin side up, over the vegetables.

Place lid on cooker and cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.

Remove chicken.

Skim excess fat from the cooking liquid then add the remaining coconut milk; stir.

Top each serving with your choice of the options above, if desired.

*Refrigerate leftover milk until ready to use later.

Yield: 4 servings


Note: This is a recipe I got from an old Better Homes and Gardens magazine a few years ago.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CHEESY POTATOES

2 pounds bag frozen hash browns
16 ounces (1 pound) sour cream
10 ounces shredded cheddar
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese
1 stick or 1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 can cream of chicken soup

Place hashbrowns in slow cooker, stir in all remaining ingredients (except reserve part of cheddar cheese for topping), and mix together.
 
Cook in slow cooker on high for about 3-4 hours. Add cheese to top when serving.



PORK AND SAUERKRAUT

I got this German recipe from Family Circle. Yes, this recipe uses beer as does many German recipes. Spaetzle is a soft German noodle/dumpling.

  • boneless pork shoulder roast (31/4 to 4 lbs), excess fat trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  black pepper
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 pound bag refrigerated sauerkraut
  • apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 12 ounce bottle full-bodied beer
  • tablespoon  brown sugar
  • tablespoon  red wine vinegar
  • teaspoon  caraway seeds
  • 14 ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • Cooked spaetzle (optional)

1. Coat slow cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Season pork with salt and pepper. If desired, brown in a skillet on all sides, about 5 minutes. Place in slow cooker.
2. Add onion, sauerkraut and apple. Blend beer, brown sugar, vinegar and caraway seeds. Pour over pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours. Remove pork; let rest 10 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a platter with a slotted spoon. Strain liquid into a bowl and skim excess fat.
3. Microwave cranberry sauce in a glass bowl 1 minute. Slice pork and serve over sauerkraut, drizzling with some of the cooking liquid. Top with cranberry sauce. Serve with spaetzle, if desired.


Monday, February 16, 2015

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

I never make corned beef and cabbage as I love cabbage but without the corned beef. Since several of you start looking for corned beef and cabbage recipes as we lead up to Saint Patrick's Day I thought I would post this recipe that was sent to me.

2 lb. corned beef
2 T. brown sugar
1/4 C. water
1 small head cabbage, chopped

How to make this recipe

First you need to Remove and toss the "pickling spice" packet that comes with the corned beef, 
rinse the meat then coat all over with the brown sugar, placing any extra sugar that falls off in the bottom 
of a 4 quart crock pot. 

Second step : Pour the water in the bottom add the meat, cover & cook on low for 8 hours. 

Third step : Add the chopped cabbage and cook for 1 more hour. 

finally : Let the meat rest a few mins before slicing.


I believe my friend got this recipe from the blog deliciousrecipesforyou.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

COLORFUL PEPPER STEAK

2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
garlic powder to taste
3 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 beef bouillon cube 
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 large bell peppers (red, green or orange), roughly chopped or sliced
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt


  1. Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
  3. Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Friday, February 6, 2015

HONEY-GARLIC CHICKEN

  • Boneless thawed, Skinless Chicken Breats, (I used 2lbs or 8 chicken tender pieces: 4oz. each)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/2 cup  Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  1. Put all ingredients into a crock-pot
  2. Let cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low heat. (I flipped the chicken over about halfway through) 
  3. Serve whole or shredded, with rice or your choice or veggies

This recipe is posted for those of you looking for a garlic and honey chicken recipe. Hope this one from Tasteful Space is helpful.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MEATBALLS AND SAUCE FROM RED GOLD TOMATOES

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes 
1 (28 ounce) can Red Gold® Tomato Sauce 
1 (6 ounce) can Red Gold® Tomato Paste 
1 tablespoon dried basil 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
Salt and black pepper to taste 
1 teaspoon fennel 
2 tablespoons sugar 
1/2 cup water 

2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey 
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats 
1 teaspoon dried basil 
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs 
1 (8 ounce) package fresh mozzarella balls 
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

  • In a large skillet heat extra-virgin olive oil on medium heat.  Add onion and garlic.  Cook until tender.  Spray 5 quart or larger slow cooker.  Add onion and garlic and remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.  Serve on pasta of your choice.
  • Meat can be added to the sauce if desired.  Below is a meatball recipe that could be added to the sauce at the beginning of the cook time.
MOZZARELLA MEATBALLS

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

PREPARATION TIME:  15 MINUTES    COOKING TIME:  6 to 8 HOURS
  • In a large bowl mix beef or turkey, oats, basil, black pepper, garlic cloves and eggs.
  • Shape into 2-inch balls, should get 14-16 meatballs.  Press 1 mozzarella ball into center of each meatball and seal inside.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add meatballs; cook just until browned on all sides.   Place half of the sauce in slow cooker, add meatballs and then last half of sauce.  Cook as directed. 
NUTRITIONAL FACTS PER SERVING
Calories 300, Fat 12g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 110mg, Sodium 115mg, Carbohydrate 5g, Fiber 1g, Protein 44g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 15%

Note: This is obviously a red gold recipe. Other brand tomato products may be used.



    3-INGREDIENT BARBECUE PORK

    So easy and so good.

    1 (3 to 4-lb) boneless por shoulder roast, trimmed
    1 bottle (18-oz) barbecue sauce
    1 (12-oz) can cola such as coke, etc

    Trim pork and place in a lightly greased or sprayed 6-quart slow cooker. Pour the barbecue sauce and cola over the meat.

    Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours or until the meat is tender enough to shred using a couple of forks.

    Transfer meat to a cutting board and shred, removing any pieces of fat.

    Skim any fat from the cooking sauce and stir meat back into the sauce.

    Serve on buns or rolls with your choice of condiments.