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Crock pots for something other than stew?

I just got a crock pot for Christmas and was wondering if someone had any suggestions on things to make that aren't stews. I want to get some milage out of this thing and would love ideas.

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  1. One of our New Years resolutions is to do more crockpot cooking this year. Tomorrow, I'm going to put chicken breasts in the crockpot, pour a jar of good salsa over them, make a cake of cornbread, and call it supper.

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    1. re: breadbox

      we do this same sort of thing...boneless skinless chicken breasts and some rotel or salsa and jalapenos. Shred the chicken when done. use for tacos, burritos, or taco salads, etc. So good.

      1. re: breadbox

        You can cook a package of chicken breasts in commercial chicken broth in a crock pot. The breasts can be used later for shredding or to make chicken salad, or for whatever chicken filling you might want to make. You can also cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker in commercial broth. You will have very nice broth, partic. if you add aromatics. You could then proceed on to chicken soup.

        I recommend this slow cooker cookbook highly: Not Your Mothers Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger.

      2. I've "baked" potatoes in mine. I've made potato gratin in it (came out really moist and good). I've cooked steel cut oats for breakfast in it. I've made black bean soup. I've put up meatballs in sauce for a party to stay warm all evening. I've done mulled cider (also for a party so it stays warm). I've made pink beans (for beans and rice). I've made rice (but it takes a long time -- it's good if your burners are taken up with something else).

        I've read (but have not yet tried) that you can do a lasagna in it -- and then remove the ceramic pot part and put it in the oven for a few minutes to brown the top. I'd no idea that the inside part could go in the oven. I want to read my "manual" first to be sure this is the case.

        I'm sure there are plenty of other ideas too.

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          1. Hah, oddly enough I have vowed to not use my slow cooker as much this year, which is only used for stews,soups, and chilies usually.

            Some of my non soup favs in the crock pot have been throwing a small beef roast in there with a jar of salsa untill the meat falls apart and the salsa turns into a thick sauce, throw that on some fresh bread and its a super quick,cheap easy winner.

            I'va also done potatoes in it just out of whimsy, I just threw a bunch of frsh peeled baby potatoes in there with onions and chicken stock. Got home from work strained them and tossed with a little butter and fresh parsely.

            However I will now keep it on hand to make stocks, I can't believe I never thought of that.

            1. I'm not sure this counts as cooking, but my mother makes mulled wine and mulled cider in hers. It's especially handy for parties, as it keeps the liquid warm without the risk of an open flame and makes the house smell lovely.

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              1. re: mordacity

                Actually, that's a great idea and one I will use for an upcoming party.

                1. re: mordacity

                  Along with the mulled ciders, I use my crocks as warmers for parties.
                  Especially:
                  1. Spanish Rice
                  2. Beans-mashed
                  3. Warm dips
                  4. Placing warm tortillas in the crock relieves the labor intensive heating tortillas during a party.
                  Old stand by for parties:
                  A can of Nacho Sauce and the side of chips.