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Best crockpot recipe

Got one in my cabinet, and it woefully underused. I do the cooking, so a good dish I could prep and have the SO plug in at noon for a 6pm dinner would be great. Any thoughts?

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  1. My two favourite things to do in a crock pot are

    Jerk chicken. Make sure there's plenty of gravy for the rice. Which you whip up when you get home.

    I've also been into taking chunks of cow or pig and tossing it into the pot with some kimchee and letting it go.
    again, serve over rice.

    DT

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    1. re: Davwud

      Wow Davwud, I'm Korean yet it never occurred to me to throw kimchee in the crockpot. I bet it would be delicious. Could add more garlic, tofu (firm), reconstituted dried shiitake mushrooms -- many ways to have fun with your idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

      1. re: jhuston

        You wouldn't have to reconstitute the mushrooms really, since the crockpot cooking would rehydrate them . . . unless there's dirt in them?

      2. re: Davwud

        Do you just use regular store bought kimchee? Enough to cover the meat? Any water, etc?? My husband and I love kimchee but don't have it home very much. THis sounds delicious for a fall supper.

        1. re: JennyHunter

          I have a friend who's wife is Korean and their family makes it.
          To be honest, I couldn't tell you whether store bought or home made would work better than the other. I imagine they would be as good as the kimchee was.
          I do believe I added a bit of water but not much. I had like a 3lb roast or something like that and put in enough so that it would make lots of "Gravy" to cover the rice.
          Basically, it was a throw together idea that went extremely well.

          DT

        2. re: Davwud

          Pork side ribs, smothered in kimchi, braised 3 hours in a Staub, but it could have been a crock pot! Thanks for the inspiration, Hugh!

           
           
        3. This may not be the best but it is probably the easiest: add bbq sauce and pork tenderloin to the pot. Turn on before work then shred after work. Voila, pulled pork. Very tasty.

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          1. re: jrmd

            The easiest thing that I like is a sirlion tip beef roast with dry onion soup and a glass
            of water. make mash potatoes gravy from the crock pot juices and a couple of
            vegetables and peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream, and ice tea.

            1. re: bigjimbray

              YUUUM - this sounds like sunday dinners at my gran's house. dee-lish :)

          2. Years ago, NYTimes had a crock pot cassoulet recipe that was really good. Maybe it's still online?

            1. There have been quite a few posts recently, found if you search on "slow cooker" instead. Simple bean and braised meat recipes adapt easily to the crockpot. Soups and stews, even more so. Chicken and fish, I don't know. Just do any sauteing and browning ahead.
              Red beans and rice (my recipe): http://www.chow.com/topics/434272
              EDIT - Posole, pretty much any recipe using canned hominy.
              I've been thinking more about taco fillings lately:
              Beef chuck roast: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/433095
              Pork shoulder: http://www.chow.com/topics/339352
              Best tip - crockpot must always start on high for two hours, then down to low for the rest.
              Second best tip - go easy on any added liquid especially if meats are present.
              Is your crockpot timer electronic or reliable SO :-)?

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              1. When I had a job that kept me away from home from 6-6 I used to roast a turkey breast in the crockpot. I would put it in without liquid, just salt. It even browned a little. Otherwise, I have a generic stew-type recipe (stew, curry, beef Burgundy, Carbonade Flamande, African chicken, all similar): put 1/2 cup flour in dry crockpot; stir in an 8-oz can tomato sauce; add salt and any such things as paprika, bay leaf, pepper; add any ingredients appropriate to the sauce (eg peanut butter and red pepper for African chicken, curry powder and garlic for curry, etc), add liquid (water, wine, tomato juice, stock, beer for Carbonade Flamande), then add solids (beef stew meat, cut-up chicken breasts, lamb, onions and green peas for curry, potatoes and carrots for beef stew, mushrooms for beef Burgundy) and let all cook for 8-10 hours. If you are working you can assemble everything the night before and dump it in the crockpot next morning before leaving for work. I do not brown the meat. Nobody cares. Just be sure you have plenty of liquid so you'll get a lot of sauce.

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                1. re: Querencia

                  I put pork shoulder disguised as boneless spareribs dry in a crockpot, then add chipotle pepper powder, and curry powder [Spice Islands], cook all day on low, then turn up heat for last 30 minutes. Serve with a spoon.