Brother in culinary need -- crockpot recipes?
My younger brother is working on his Ph.D. and has little time to cook, but with my sister-in-law working full-time, he's trying to help out as he can.. problem is, he doesn't have much experience in the kitchen. I was thinking to send him a crockpot for Christmas, and a list of best crockpot recipes from my friends at Chowhound. Guys, help? Thanks, Sis.
Great idea! I plan to do this for my sister. Me, I'd love a recommendation for a crockpot cookbook with recipes that are easy (no fussy pre-browning or prep work) and don't contain the dreaded cream-of-whatever soup.
Here are two almost-instant crockpot chicken recipes - even a non-cooker can handle these.
The first one is in a thread with lots of good recipe links. Follow all the links for a treasure trove of recipes (some more complicated than others...)
I learned this as a crockpot recipe about 35 years ago, but usually just do it now in a casserole on top of the stove or in the oven. Take some pork chops, any kind, or just about any other cut of pork as long as it's not too lean (I like to use country-style spare ribs), slice some Bermuda onions into thick slices and separate them into rings. Throw all into the crockpot with the appropriate amount of your favorite barbeque sauce, and let it go. Not exactly pulled pork, but not bad, and a whole lot easier.
Here's one I contributed a few months ago, but it's in a very long thread, so here it comes again. :-)
---La Gringa's Inauthentic Chile Colorado---
Into a crockpot put about 3 lbs beef stew meat. Add one can of red chile sauce or enchilada sauce (they are the same thing as far as I can tell) - either 16 oz or 28 oz can.
Add some chopped onion. Add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce if there's some sitting around.
Cook however long it takes that particular crockpot to do a stew.
This is good with rice, corn or flour tortillas and a salad.
I did pulled pork in the crockpot last weekend. Turned out great and SO easy compared to hovering over the BBQ for 8 hours.
Maggie's Pork Roast
Take 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