Your Favorite Crockpot Recipe?
I admit it...yesterday was the first time that I used a crockpot. I made lambshanks with apricots, prunes, water, sugar, vinegar, cloves, and allspice...and it was AMAZING. The best part...it really didn't heat up the kitchen.
So, now I'd like to make more things in it. Please share your favorite recipes. This could change my life....
Thanks for the heads up. Someone gave me some bottles of his seasonings and I didn't know what to do with them but that book will give me ideas. It's a fine line in using the crockpot between mushy stews and falling off the bone short ribs but nothing beats coming home and not having to cook, once you get the timing for your crockpot down.
My favorite easy pulled pork--caroline style:
And, this chalupa dinner bowl is very good, and makes a huge quantity for creative leftovers.
I've never used my crockpot... ever. But I'm glad you posted this because it's a great option for not heating the kitchen. That being said, I always envision stews and braises and wintery dishes coming out of the crockpot. Does anyone have recipes for good hot weather/summery dishes? I like the idea of the chicken mole tacos...
LAcupcake, I have the same problem, that I think of the crockpot as mostly a winter tool for hearty dishes and stews etc. The pork and sauerkraut recipe I gave above is a good example of that. We've done pulled pork sandwiches and do all kinds of "taco" type recipes in the crockpot, chicken and pork and, a couple of times, cochinita pibil. And that flank steak recipe I gave above isn't that stewy. But, like you, I am definitely interested in "summery" crockpot recipes that don't heat up my kitchen.
DaisyM, did you use a recipe for the lamb shanks or did you play by ear? I'd love to see the recipe if you used one. Sounds delish!
I've made an incredibly flavorful pot roast in the crock pot--throw in a chuck roast (you can brown it on the stove first if you like), 1 sliced onion, 1 packet onion soup mix (optional), 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup red wine, bay leaf, rosemary, 1/4 sun dried tomatoes, 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns. All ingredients can be modified to add or subtract as you see fit. Cook on low for 8 hours.
I also make a "shredded chicken mole" that my husband loves to use for soft tacos: boneless, skinless chicken breasts and mole sauce, cooked on low for 8 hours. Shred with 2 forks and serve w/ warm tortillas and soft taco fillings (lettuce, tomato, etc.). You can do the same with boneless chicken and barbecue sauce, to serve on soft rolls. Not gourmet, but not bad.
I too am looking to branch out w/ some other crock pot recipes, but I'd like to stay away from indistinguishable mush stew-type recipes. Looking forward to hearing what others have made!
re: Think Lardons
The pot roast sounds very good! Here's the recipe for the lamb shanks. Although the recipe said to cook low for 7-9 hours....after 5 hours I felt the need to increase it to high.
4-5 lamb shanks
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup pitted prunes
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar (I used less)
2 tbsps vinegar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon and ground allspice
1/4tsp ground cloves
Also, I think it is a good idea to make it the day before you want to use it so that you can skim the considerable fat after it cooled.
Sounds delicious. I've been dying to try this chow.com recipe for duck confit but it doesn't suit my weight loss diet right now. Could you please try it and report back?
As for my favorite crockpot recipe....well, super easy are
flank steak+bag of frozen corn+can of black beans(rinsed)+jar of favorite salsa.
pork chops+2 cans or big jar of sauerkraut+ a couple of sliced apples+ a couple of sweet potatoes chopped into chunks
Soy sauce beef. I originally found it when doing a low-carb thing, but I still make it even when not dieting.
Any cheap cut of beef - 7 bone, etc. Throw it in the crock pot with about 1/3 cup of soy sauce, some broth or water, shallots or onions/garlic and let it go on low for about 6-7 hours. Falls right off the bone and shreds up really easily. I usually throw in some mushrooms near the end of the cooking.
Nothing fancy or life changing, but tasty and simple for sure.