Greetings gentleman cooks,
I am fairly new to cooking, and hoping to try serious cooking on a weekly basis. The practicality of the crock pot really intrigues me. I have an entire crockpot-specific cookbook to go through for recipe ideas, but I was wondering, are there any stand-out recipes I should know about?
Looking forward to gaining from your expertise.
Until recently, I have been very skeptical of using the crockpot because, until recently, almost everything I had ever eaten or cooked in one tasted like slop. That is, until my favorite cookbook publishers, "America's Test Kitchen" and the good folks at "Cooks' Illustrated", published a book titled "Slow Cooker Revolution" that is loaded with slow cooker recipes that really work, and taste great! I strongly recommend this book. So far, I have only made two recipes from this book, the Texas Chili and spaghetti and meatballs, both of which I srved to company and were very well received. The only reason I haven't made more than that is because most of the recipes make enough to feed a small crowd, meaning anywhere from 6 to 10 people, and right now, most nights, it's just me and my wife that enjoy dinner together. You will need a slow cooker at least 6 quarts in capasity to make most of these recipes. So, there is my suggestion.
I second the chili suggestion. This is my favorite slow cooker recipe: Crocked kielbasa
Thanks for the feedback gents. J.D., the crock pot book I'm starting out with is one titled "Rival Crockpot 3 Books in 1: Slow Cooker Favorites, Winning Slow Cooker Recipes, and Slow Cooker Recipes for all Occasions."
I think I will start with the crocked kielbasa recipe provided by Brown Fox and from there go to the Texas chili. Thanks again!
Mmmm. Lamb stew. Beef Stew. Beef and pork stew.
Cut the meat into chunks (or buy the precut stew meat), toss in pot, maybe with a little oil. Salt, pepper, Cubed potatoes, sliced carrots, chopped onion, chopped celery, a dash of fines herbs and garlic. Water. Everything by eye, set on high for a few hours hold on low or warm.
(I'm the sort of guy who eyeballs ingredients, and adds some basic spicing touches to the chicken egg and tuna salad sandwich filling.)
Stew sounds pretty darn manly native son. :-)- I will experiment with that as well, thanks.
probably one of the best pulled pork recipes that I have found for a crock pot.
it is a wet pulled pork instead of having a crispy outside like you would get from the grill but the flavors are delicious and is has just enough kick to it.
I am perhaps the ultimate slow cooker sceptic, but this recipe looks and sounds excellent, especially if I make my own BBQ sauce from scratch. I'll try to remember to post a review back here when I make this.
Jd, remember to trim the fat off. that way the meat isnt swimming in it. but i think that you will be pleased with it.