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ADI Oct 13, 2005 03:24 PM

Hello I was wondering if you all could reccommend any and all recipies to use in my crock pot this winter. I am open to any and all suggestions.
Thanks

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    foodiex2 RE: ADI Oct 13, 2005 03:30 PM

    I use my crock pot all the time for everything from oatmeal to spareribs to chili but it would be way too exhausting to list them all here. ;)

    Check out this website. There is a lot of crap recipes using canned soup but there are some great ones too. It should get you started or at least give you and idea so you can be more specific in your requests.

    Plus any basic soup/stew or braise can be modified to cook in the crock pot. I made braised short ribs in my crock for the first time this AM, hoping they will be awesome when I get home tonight!

    Link: http://southernfood.about.com/library...

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      margaret RE: foodiex2 Oct 13, 2005 04:42 PM

      i received a crockpot for christmas last year and just tried it out for the first time. on sunday i made braised short ribs. they were delicious. i honestly can't see how you can have anything but excellent results. the recipe i used called for a bottle of full bodied red wine. the only thing i had on hand was a bottle specifically labelled for sangria. definitely not a full bodied wine. but the meal turned out great. i can only imagine what would have been the outcome had i followed the recommendation of the recipe.

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      Karl S. RE: ADI Oct 13, 2005 03:41 PM

      Practical question: how old is your slow cooker?

      Newer cookers use temperatures about 25F higher than older ones, so some (not all) recipes come out with different results in new vs old cookers. Especially those relying on higher heat for longer periods of time (but also for certain low-heat recipes that assumed the temp was not above the boiling point but now is).

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        mzn RE: ADI Oct 13, 2005 03:43 PM

        I use a crock pot now and then but I never use crock-pot-specific recipes. I just adapt regular recipes for things like beef stew, pot roast, bean dishes, etc. I always brown meat first in a hot pan on the stove, then toss it in the crockpot with flavorful liquids, seasonings, and veggies. The most important thing is to avoid lean, tender cuts of meat such as white meat chicken and pork chops. They won't be any good cooked in a crock pot.

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          LisaN RE: mzn Oct 13, 2005 11:30 PM

          Have to disagree with you. I've done boneless chicken breasts in BBQ sauce, and they've come out fine, they fall apart, and I serve them on buns as a pulled chicken sandwich. Also done the same thing wiith pork chops.

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            LisaN RE: mzn Oct 13, 2005 11:31 PM

            Have to disagree with you. I've done boneless chicken breasts in BBQ sauce, and they've come out fine, they fall apart, and I serve them on buns as a pulled chicken sandwich. Also done the same thing wiith pork chops.

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            oakjoan RE: ADI Oct 13, 2005 04:29 PM

            I don't use mine often because I got a deal on one at Costco and it's huge and difficult to haul out.

            I use it mainly for making stock. It's great for overnight chicken stock - I use leftover store-bought roast chicken, chicken wing tips, a couple of legs, a turkey carcass, etc. add carrots, celery, onions, garlic, parsley and thyme/bay leaf. I just throw a bunch of whole or slightly smashed peppercorns in cause I'm straining it anyway.

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              MzMaggie RE: ADI Oct 13, 2005 04:34 PM

              Maggie's Pork Roast
              3 lb. boneless pork loin roast. Add 1 small bottle green taco sauce. Cook in crockpot on low for 10-12 hours.

              Alternative: Omit green taco sauce. Mix 1/4 cup orange marmalade, 1/8 cup orange juce & 1/8 cup of soy sauce & pour over pork.

              Alternative 2: slice 1 large onion & mix 1 can of Dr. Pepper or root beer w/1-1/2 cups bbq sauce & pour over pork

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                MzMaggie RE: ADI Oct 13, 2005 04:35 PM

                Thai Pork Chops

                Spicy doesn't have to mean "hot", unless you want it to!

                4 boneless pork chops; trimmed
                3/4 cup salsa
                1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
                2 Tbsp. lime juice
                1 Tbsp. soy sauce
                1 tsp. ground ginger
                4 Tbsp. coarsely chopped peanuts
                2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

                Place chops in crockpot. Combine salsa, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce and ginger. Pour over chops. Cover and cookon LOW for 8-9 hours. Remove chops to serving platter; spoonsauce over chops. Garnish with peanuts and cilantro.

                NOTE: You can make this with chicken. Cook on LOW 5-6 hours.

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                  shazzer65 RE: ADI Oct 13, 2005 04:36 PM

                  Love, love, LOVE this recipe......until I found out my toddler was allergic to peanuts.

                  So, it's off my list, but maybe you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

                  Link: http://southernfood.about.com/od/croc...

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                    Adrienne RE: shazzer65 Oct 14, 2005 08:24 AM

                    Trader Joe's sells sunflower seed butter that you can use as a substitute for peanut butter. My son is highly allergic to peanut butter and this is a great substitute. The flavor is very similar.

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                    The Ranger RE: ADI Oct 14, 2005 12:01 AM

                    > So whats your favourite crock pot recipe site?

                    http://www.tastycrockpotrecipes.net/

                    But I also recommend: "The Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook".

                    The book itself is set up with a hard cover and spiral bind (I don't mind this new format for books) so when open it lays flat. The author, Carol Heding Munson, laid it out in such a fashion that everyone can use it. For the beginners, there's two chapters to help with the introduction to slow cooking. Then the book is chaptered into soups, stews, vegetables and sides, poultry, meat, desserts. The index is also highly useful (AT LAST!) being broken down similar to the format in Betty Crocker/Pillsbury/BH&G cookbooks.

                    If you're looking for an extra source for slow cooker meals, then this a great resource! [ISBN 1-4027-0850-5].

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