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Nick_Comstock PowerDork
11/15/14 9:39 a.m.

It has been brought to my attention that our crock pot is vastly underutilized. So what ya got?

Bonus points for recipes without any pork or by products of pork. My wife is very allergic to it.

Duke UltimaDork
11/15/14 10:01 a.m.

Well, there go all my best crockpot recipes. My sympathy to your wife for missing out on the best slow cooker meat to ever grace a plate.

Nick_Comstock PowerDork
11/15/14 10:05 a.m.

In reply to Duke:

I need the sympathy, I know what I'm missing out on she doesn't

Duke UltimaDork
11/15/14 10:15 a.m.

We just made pretty tasty crockpot chicken tacos. A couple pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts, a cup or two of mild salsa, a little salt and pepper, and a can of Ro*tel tomatoes and chilies. Cook on low all day and shred the chicken at night. Serve with chopped lettuce, tomato, and green onion on soft corn tortillas (or flour if you prefer).

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
11/15/14 10:18 a.m.

Do not do crock pot lasagna. No matter what the internet tells you. it's horrible.

chili_head New Reader
11/15/14 10:23 a.m.

In reply to Fueled by Caffeine:

What would ever make that sound good. My Italian side would murder me. Seriously. Murder. No joke.

Oh, and most chili recipes transfer pretty well. Just brown the meat first.

JamesMcD Dork
11/15/14 10:42 a.m.

Dump this stuff into a crockpot:

Stew meat

1 packet of zesty Italian dressing mix (powder)

1 12oz. jar of Pepperoncini peppers

Once this is cooked, dump the meat (we leave out the peppers) on top of pasta with either white or red sauce.

Sprinkle with parmesian or romano cheese.

MadScientistMatt UberDork
11/15/14 11:26 a.m.

German dinner in a pot

Marinate a beef roast overnight in vinegar with some juniper berries thrown in.

Put a layer of potatoes at the bottom of the crock pot and a layer of red cabbage on top of that, then put the roast on top surrounded by bratwursts or other German sausages. I'm pretty sure you can find pork-free brats if you look hard enough.

mtn UltimaDork
11/15/14 11:29 a.m.

Stick a brisket in there with some Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, onion, garlic, and leave it in there all day.

Frozen chicken breasts, still frozen, in there with a can of salsa. Tacos!

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
11/15/14 11:42 a.m.

I did a lot of crockpotting when the kids were still at home but running around for high school. I posted these then, but couple of favorites are still go-tos:

Smoky-spicy slow-cooked turkey

1 turkey breast (frozen works fine, but food safety Nazis will want to thaw first)

1 tsp sweet smoked paprika

1 envelope Sazon Goya

Cayenne to taste

Unwrap turkey breast. Rub with seasonings, plunk in crock pot, cook on Low for 8 hours. Eat.

Slow cooker chicken tandoori

1 whole chicken

1/2 C yogurt

1 plug Sazon Goya con anagram

2 t garam masala

2 cloves garlic, minced

1t ginger

1/2 t cumin

1/4 t ground cloves

Juice of one lemon

Sriracha to taste

Mix yogurt with next 8 ingredients, pour over chicken in ziploc bag, squeeze to coat and marinate overnight. Put chicken in crockpot, add 1 onion to cavity, cook on Low 8 hrs or High 4.

moparman76_69 SuperDork
11/15/14 11:47 a.m.

Someone posted (super bowl recipe thread maybe) a crock pot brisket using root beer. I tried it and it was a hit.

Stealthtercel Dork
11/15/14 2:15 p.m.

Get a package of stewing beef. Cut it into smaller pieces than the grocer did. Toss it in the bottom of the crock pot with 1/4 cup of flour. Cut up and add: about two regular potatoes and one good-sized sweet potato (aka yam). If you take the view that life is too short to waste time chopping up a sweet potato, nobody will blame you; just get the pre-chopped stuff. Add some chopped carrots (maybe 1/2-3/4 of a cup) and whatever other vegetables are lying around and/or left over in the fridge or freezer. Add salt if you want (I don't), pepper, and a bit of thyme. Add a bit of Worcestershire sauce. Now for the Secret Ingredients: find an almost empty ketchup bottle, fill it about 1/3 full of water, and toss the liquid in on top of the vegetables. Lately I've also been doing the same with an almost-empty bottle of Dijon mustard, but with apple juice instead of water. Cook for 4 hours on low or 8 on high, or mix and match times to suit your schedule. Nothing seems to faze this stew. You probably want to stir it a bit after a few hours, but that's really just to mix up the flour and spread the flavours around. Get a good loaf of crusty bread, and enjoy.

Toyman01 UltimaDork
11/15/14 2:48 p.m.

The wife has a roast in ours now. I'll try to remember to get her to stop in and post the recipe.

pres589 UltraDork
11/15/14 2:57 p.m.

3 tablespoons vindaloo curry paste

2 12oz cans coconut milk

1 12oz can garbonzo beans, drained

1/2 of 1 yellow onion

other stuff like mushrooms or cauliflower florets or tofu chunks (I usually bake the tofu first then add so it stays together better and takes on more of the curry taste)

Mix up and leave on low for 3 to 4 hours. Eat over rice. Freezes decently.

Tomorrow I'm making ham & beans in the crock pot but obviously that's not on your list. I've also made pot roast in the crock pot and that came out really well.

EvanB GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/15/14 4:20 p.m.

I'm lazy and don't feel like doing much in the mornings so I usually throw in a pot roast with a can of cream of mushroom, can of water and half/whole pack of french onion soup mix. There are probably better pot roast recipes but this one has a great easy to delicious ratio.

914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/15/14 4:24 p.m.

I have a good one for a party, it's an appetizer-snack. Sauce you dunk bread in that tastes like lasagna.

Lemme know, too much typing for a shrug.

Zomby Woof
Zomby Woof PowerDork
11/15/14 4:35 p.m.

We tried these last week. You can't get them in Canada, so when we saw them on our last trip south, we grabbed a bunch to try. Easy and tasty.


stroker SuperDork
11/15/14 5:13 p.m.
MadScientistMatt wrote: German dinner in a pot Marinate a beef roast overnight in vinegar with some juniper berries thrown in. Put a layer of potatoes at the bottom of the crock pot and a layer of red cabbage on top of that, then put the roast on top surrounded by bratwursts or other German sausages. I'm pretty sure you can find pork-free brats if you look hard enough.

That sounds good. I'll have to try that. For the marinade--White vinegar? Wine vinegar? Red Wine vinegar?

wlkelley3 SuperDork
11/15/14 9:49 p.m.

My mom has one for a breakfast meal. Tried last year when all my kids, grandkids and mom was visiting during the holidays. Included eggs, hash browns, cheese and sausage in layers. Turn on low when you go to bed and wake up to breakfast ready to eat. I'll have to dig around for it. We used the crockpot quite a bit when the kids were in school and SWMBO & I worked full time. Mom used the crockpot a lot when I was growing up for the same reason. She used to put a roast in and after it was done, shred the meat with a fork and add in some peppers, seasoning and often leftover veggies (like corn) in and cook some more. Made great burrito mix.

Another great kitchen aid is a rotisserie. We started with a small vertical rotisserie and like how meat turned out in it but didn't care for the limitations and size. Got one of those advertised set and forget it rotisseries. It would do a small turkey and had baskets for flat meats like steak and chicken breasts. Also did shish-kabobs. Used it a lot when the kids lived at home. Now that it's just SWMBO and I she eats primarily her Korean dishes and I being pre-diabetic have drastically changed my diet. A lot of salads now. Use a George Forman grill for the lean steaks and chicken breasts now since it's just for me only.

Kenny_McCormic PowerDork
11/15/14 10:23 p.m.

Pot roast?

Bigass chunk of beef, sear the hell out of it, preferably in the crock pot pan, then lay down a bed of carrots, put the beef on top, season with lawry's salt and a few heads worth of garlic piled on it, surround with quartered onions and potatoes, add a cup of water and turn it on. It's done when the meat is starting to fall apart with a fork, pull everything out, then make gravy with the juices left over(stir in solution of corn starch and water, boil). Goes well with a good load of bread.

Wally GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/16/14 12:08 a.m.

It's a bit labor and time intensive but I make Alton Browns sauerbraten recipe a few times a year with some potato balls or spretzel and red cabbage.

I also like a turkey breast, rubbed down with barbecue rub in the crock pot with barbecue sauce and apple cider vinegar.

Nick_Comstock PowerDork
11/16/14 12:40 a.m.

In reply to Kenny_McCormic:

I love a good pot roast. Unfortunately I am the only one in the house who does. I may end up making that just for my self though.

wlkelly3, If you could find that breakfast meal recipe I would love to have it.

Great suggestions so far.

N Sperlo
N Sperlo MegaDork
11/16/14 5:20 a.m.

I always thought crock-pot cooking was all about experimentation.

Tralfaz Reader
11/16/14 7:42 a.m.
SyntheticBlinkerFluid PowerDork
11/16/14 7:50 a.m.

I have no recipie for you, mainly because my wife knows them all, but buy crock pot liners! They are great. Better than having to soak the pot to get anything that crusted to it.

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