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Oct 4, 2008 08:28 AM

what can I make in the crockpot that I don't have to cook on the stove first?

I need ideas. I will be away from home, no stove, just a crockpot and a microwave.


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  1. Wihout cooking first? TONS of stuff. Not everything needs to be browned first, although browning will improve the flavor, Let's see....

    Beef Short Ribs
    Osso Bucco and other braised shank recipes
    Kalua Pork
    Pulled Pork BBQ
    Ropa Vieja and other "shredded beef" dishes
    Cooked whole chicken for making other things like BBQ chicken, chicken salad, chicken casseroles, etc.
    Beef, lamb, or pork Stews of many, many kinds and cultures
    Soups of a thousand kinds

    Then tomorrow.....

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    1. re: KiltedCook

      Chicken breast (boneless or bone-in/skin-off), barbecuse sauce (catsup/molasses/worcestershire/sugar/whatever), and come back in 4 hours or so.

      "Will you make that chicken stuff again, daddy?"

    2. Today I am making Lazy Day Chili. Meat, chopped onion and green pepper go right in the crock pot. I'll come back later on and crumble it up some with a fork and drain it off when it's cooked. Then add everything else and let it cook til supper. Not fancy, but good.

      1. You don't have to prepare food on the stove first before using a crockpot but I find it makes a big difference for meat dishes. I won't cook meats in the crockpot unless I brown them first. They taste mushy otherwise. That said, there are a lot of recipes that don't call for browning.

        I like lasagne in a crockpot, and if you use canned sauce, you can just assemble and cook. I use no boil noodles (it's perfect with the moist heat of the crockpot) soaked in hot water first, then squeeze the water out w/ your fingers. Extra sauce--more than you'd think. Both bechamel or ricotta work fine. Layer like you would a baked lasagne.

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        1. I just made a fantastic 16 bean soup. The recipe is on the bag of beans, but I kicked it up a bit by adding a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes and keilbasa. throw it all in the crockpot. It's similar to a good bean chili. I added my own spices too: worstershire, br sugar, srirachi hot sauce, cayenne, paprika, etc.

          grab a bag in any store - I was surprised at how great it came out and hearty it was.

          1. Did you check out this website, where she is cooking a meal in a crockpot every dy of the year - someone posted it recently, pretty neat.