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Subject: Need crockpot recipes
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 3:19 PM ET
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Anyone have any good crockpot recipes?  In our new much smaller home the living room and kitchen are all one room so when I use the oven we all roast.  Now I do miss having two separate rooms with a door to close.  So, I am trying to avoid using the oven and use my crockpot more. 

There are five of us and two of em are ravenous teeneagers! We like anything pretty much or at least willing to try anything except liver.  

Thanks for all the help!!!!





Date Posted: 6/11/2009 4:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
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My family likes this:

Creamy Ranch Potatoes and Chicken

• 3-4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

3-4 large carrots, cut in 1/2 inch segments
• 1/2 of a 1 oz. Package of Dry Ranch Mix (add the whole package if you want more flavor and don't mind the sodium)
• 1 Pound Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts, cubed
• 1 (10 oz.) Can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
• 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
• 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
• Pepper to Taste - sometimes I add a little garlic and thyme (depends on what your family likes)

1. Spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Mix all ingredients together & put in crock pot.
3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 5:02 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2008
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I love my crockpot!  If you PM me your e-mail address, I'd be happy to send you a file of my favorite recipes. 

My family's latest favorites come from a book I got from the library:  Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Recipes 2 (ISBN 0696238152).  The recipes are really simple to do, but come out looking nicer than my usual throw-something-into-this-thing recipes.

I also have a website bookmarked with crockpot recipes:  www.crock-pot.com/Recipes.aspx

When I get time, I'll try to get a recipe into this thread for you to try.  Happy cooking!

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 6:38 PM ET
Member Since: 10/18/2006
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Try this link:   http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=65300

This is one of the many cookbooks I have on recipezaar.com.

It's a fun site.  It has people form all over the world.  If you like cooking, you'll love this site!


Date Posted: 6/12/2009 7:06 PM ET
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our favorite is putting a roast in the crockpot along with cut up carrots and potatoes, some onion and beef bullion and water and heat on low for 18 hours.  Cook at least for 12 hours, but if you cook it longer the meat gets soft enough to putt apart with a fork.

Date Posted: 6/13/2009 6:21 PM ET
Member Since: 10/18/2006
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Did you all know about the crockpot liners sold at WalMart?  I have a few friends who use them and love them!  When finished you can lift the leftovers out of the pot and put into a container and not have to was the crockpot OR the container.


Date Posted: 6/13/2009 6:48 PM ET
Member Since: 10/18/2006
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Here's another link to crockpot recipes:  tinyurl.com/mw9w6d

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 8:59 AM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2007
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I'm going to jump here,too. I am interested in getting crockpot recipes,too. Any way that is less work for me helps.

My question is: When using beef in your crockpot recipes, should you brown the meat first?

Thanks for your replies.


Date Posted: 6/14/2009 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2008
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I'm currently eating a pork roast that I cooked in crockpot. I technically don't have a recipe, but I know the steps I took.

  1. Pour in a packet of Liption Onion Soup.
  2. Open a small package of baby carrots and put in the bottom.
  3. Brown the pork roast in oil on the stove and put it in on top of the carrots. (In order to answer Connie's question, no, you don't have to brown the meat first but it looks better if you do.)
  4. Wash and dice potatoes and put all around the roast. I leave the skins on, but you can peel them if you want to.
  5. Cut an onion into slices and put on top.
  6. Fill with water up to the roast. This is more water than you'll need, but I have my reasons.
  7. Cook it for about 12 hours.
  8. Remove the pork roast and vegetables from the crockpot and serve. It doesn't end here though.
  9. Add more chopped up potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms, celery, whatever to the broth that's still in the crock pot. You may need to add a bit more water. Basically, I'm cooking a second serving of vegetables. I like a lots of vegetables and it really stretches a meal. Plus, if you use different vegetables on the second day, it seems like a whole new meal.
  10. After another 12 hours, add these vegetables to the leftovers from the first meal.
  11. Melt 3-4 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Add the same amount of flour to it and cook until brown.
  12. Add a cup or two of the broth to the pan and stir until flour is well mixed.
  13. Add flour mixture back to crockpot. Mix well and heat.
  14. This thickens the juice into a gravy. You can now cook rice and serve it with the roast and vegetables. Roast and rice with gravy, plus the vegetables.

I spent about $15 at the store last week and I'm still eating it. I figure, I'll have enough for about 8-10 meals after everything is said and done. Although I am single, I eat as much as 2 normal people. That'll give you an idea as to about how much you can make even with a simple recipe like this.

I make plenty of other things in my crockpot including all kinds of different pot roasts (the above is just my basic one), soups and stews. I've planned on trying to make a bean and barley soup when I finally finish what I currently have (in about 3 days).

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 9:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/7/2005
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This site has good crock-pot recipes..and I get in my email!


Subject: Lazagna
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:03 AM ET
Member Since: 1/28/2007
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So weird recipe and I will look up the exact one form the cookbook but it is wicked easy and really good.

Use oven ready noodles and layer in your sauce, noodles, cheese, veggies, etc. Then top it off with sauce. cook for 8 hours on low or 4 on high. 1/2 hour before done, open lid and add shredded mozzerella on top.

I will look up the specifics if you want but I use this a bunch of times! Really good!

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Date Posted: 7/5/2009 7:43 AM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2006
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Sheila that creamy ranch chicken sounds fantastic! I'm putting that on my list for this week's meals!   I've been using the crockpot a lot more and there's less mess than using big baking dishes and heating up the house.

 When I make a beef or pork roast in the crockpot, I always heat up some oil in a large fry pan and brown the meat on all sides. To me it seals in the flavor and I like the crust it leaves on that you don't get in the crockpot.

Date Posted: 7/5/2009 11:33 AM ET
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I always brown the meat beforehand also.

Another good site for recipes is kraftfoods.com  They have several good recipes.

Date Posted: 7/5/2009 12:43 PM ET
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This is a great crock pot recipe and you can change it to your liking! Pizza Casserole!