crock pots and slow cookers
I just got a 3.5 quart crock pot on Friday and am looking for some good recipes to make it in. We got the Williams Sonoma cookbook and I tried the bacon and beef stew last night. Not bad. We work long hours and usually don't have time to cook on weeknights so I thought this was worth trying.
Other than Boston baked beans and Texas red chili which I make in my Le Creuset french oven, I am pretty new to slow cooking too. Please share your favorite recipes and cookbooks so we don't have to always eat out or grab teriyaki after work. Thanks.
Cholent, a jewish dish. I no longer have any jewish cookbooks, but this was the first fantastic thing I ever made in my crockpot. As I recall, it was a big hunk of beef covered with water and cooked overnight (perfect for the crockpot, or so I thought as a young man). Sorry I do not have a recipe. I do remember the meat being butter soft, the kind you can eat with a spoon; also, save the broth, it is a fabulous start for soup.
re: jerry i h
to give you a recipe for cholent - I use a larger crock pot so I can not give exact amount - you might have to eye ball it -
with a 3.5 qt crock pot I would put in about 1 1/2 lb chuck
1/2- 1 cup of navy beans or pinto or kidney
1/2-1 cup of barley
cut up russet potato
cut up 1-2 onions
3-4 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup brown sugar
1-2 tblspn of some catsup
1/4 tsp of kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
and if you have room slices of kishke (jewish dish - basically stuffed derma can be bought in the frozen kosher food section) on top -
cook on low - 12-16 hours - this typically was put up before the start of the sabbath and eaten for lunch the next day- 14-16 hours later
My favorite recipe is my grandmother's pot roast -- 1 brisket (usually about 2-3 lbs), browned on the outside, 1 can Campbell's golden mushroom soup, 1 packet Lipton's onion soup mix, a bunch of chopped carrots (I usually add about half a bag of those baby carrot sticks), cook on low all day, add 1/4 c. bourbon 1/2 hour before serving. I'm not usually a can of soup cook, but that's delicious, albeit a bit salty.
I bought Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker cookbook and have been very pleased with the recipes I've tried. A standout is an Asian pork with peanut sauce, which involves slow cooking 2 pork tenderloins (or 1 2 lb pork loin) with teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, sliced red bell peppers and garlic, then shredding it and adding creamy peanut butter.
Red beans and rice.
In your crock pot. Add a lb of red (Kidney) beans (Pre soaking weight) which have been soaked over night. A medium chopped onion, some sort of smoked sausage (1 lb, diced) a ham hock, some Cajun seasoning and just enough water to cover it. When you get home, pull the hock out and let cool. Make a pot of rice. Stir the pot and crush some of the beans so they act as a bit of a thickener. Pull the meat off the hock, return it to the pot and serve over the rice.
Add hot sauce to your taste at any point.