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post #1 of 17
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Well...after a decent bit of research, I bought a 6-quart crock pot today. I've already been researching recipe books as well, but cannot decide which one to buy first (used). Can someone suggest a book of good recipes using fresh/non-brand name ingredients which does not have too many bland recipes in it?

Any and all help is appreciated.
post #2 of 17
Well, I don't use a cookbook, but I sure use my crock pot alot. I just put in meat, some kind of liquid, like creamed soups or beef/chicken broth, veges, and VOILA, a great meal!!!
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
Well...after a decent bit of research, I bought a 6-quart crock pot today. I've already been researching recipe books as well, but cannot decide which one to buy first (used). Can someone suggest a book of good recipes using fresh/non-brand name ingredients which does not have too many bland recipes in it?

Any and all help is appreciated.
Did you just buy a slow cooker and call it a crock pot, or do you really have a crock pot without the fancy digital timer and stuff?
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Well, I don't use a cookbook,
Sure sure... what a CROCK!
post #4 of 17
I love my Crockpot and I just do th throw it in stuff. Never have a recipe and everyone eats it.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
Sure sure... what a CROCK!
post #6 of 17
allrecipes.com is good, it has a bunch of reviews from people who've made the stuff and lots of recipes for everything. and its free!

I really like Alton Brown's cookbooks (I'm just here for the food, I'm just here for more food, etc) but they probably don't have anything for a crockpot. He does "Good Eats" on the food network.
post #7 of 17
I just throw stuff in my crockpot, too...I never use a recipe. Some of my favorite non-recipes are:

Beef stew: Chop up some beef in chunks, throw in chopped onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, green beans, and any other veggies I have in the fridge. Throw in equal parts beef broth, red wine, and V-8 juice (mix it up with a little corn starch if you want the broth to thicken a bit). Turn it on before I go to work, and when I come home it's done.

Swiss steak: Toss in a steak, a sliced onion, a can of whole tomatoes, salt, pepper, and a little Worchestershire sauce. Turn it on before going to work. Serve with noodles or rice.

Spaghetti sauce: Toss in a big can of crushed tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, a chopped onion, about 4 cloves of minced garlic, a couple teaspoons oregano, a teaspoon basil, and a couple teaspoons salt. Turn it on before work.

post #8 of 17
I cut up a flank steak, add a can of stewed tomatoes, a chopped up green pepper, a chopped up onion, a clove of garlic, and an envelope of taco seasoning.

When it's done, I use it as fajita meat. Just had some tonight!
post #9 of 17
I add stuff and then wait till the last hour and add my herbs and/or milk. Everything comes out ok and José eats it so I assume I'm doing something right.

Ok, so maybe the crockpot is doing something right!
post #10 of 17
www.recipezaar.com is another good site.

A few weeks ago someone asked for some crockpot recipes and many were posted, you can try a forum search here.

Since I lost my cookbooks in a botched up move, I've been simply doing a lot of searches on the internet, and find that I really don't need one.

Just search crockpot recipes and you'll be suprised what you come up with.

Personally, I prefer regular and not premade ingredients myself, and I posted a number of recipes on that thread. If there are any specific types you'd be intgerested in, let me know and I'll post what I have.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Deb25
I cut up a flank steak, add a can of stewed tomatoes, a chopped up green pepper, a chopped up onion, a clove of garlic, and an envelope of taco seasoning.

When it's done, I use it as fajita meat. Just had some tonight!
Flank steak rules! It's so tender! I use it for stir fries a lot.
post #12 of 17
Super buy! I use my crock pot several times a week! What yummy recipes!
post #13 of 17
There are sooooo many recipies online.
This is my favorite resource, although it might not be the healthiest

http://southernfood.about.com/library/crock/blcpidx.htm
post #14 of 17
My mother in law got me a crock pot on my birthday. The recipe I am using is a magazine from Taste of Home's, Slow Cooker Recipes. They were just out last week of January, and they still have it in the stores.
post #15 of 17
I must add also that I heard desserts can be made in it also. I might give it a try.
post #16 of 17
I love my crockpot since it saves me so much time and energy. Plus you can play around with the recipes since almost anything goes.

For recipes, just type in crockpot recipes in google and you will get what you need. I also have a great crockpot brownie recipe that I have made a couple of times. I'll have to look for it and post it later.

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Crockpot Omelette Casserole

(10 servings)

12 eggs
1 32 oz bag of frozen hash brown potatoes -- partially thawed
1 lb of bacon cut into small pieces -- fried and drained (could also sub diced ham)
1/2 cup diced onions
3/4 lb diced or shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste

As if you were making lasagne, layer:
1. potatoes
2. bacon
3. onions
4. cheese
5. potatoes
6. bacon
7. onions
8. cheese

Now, beat the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour this over the whole mixture. Cook on low for ten to twelve hours.

Perfect for large gatherings. You can add or eliminate any of the ingredients. I would add way more spice and probably throw in some mushrooms and green onion.

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Here's a recipe for crockpot stuffing. Yes, you can make stuffing in it as well!

Crockpot Stuffing - make sure to check it on a regular basis and stir since it tends to stick.

1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped onion
1 tbsp parsley flakes
2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
10 cups dry bread crumbs
1/4 c. hard margarine or butter
1 tbsp chicken bouillon powder
1 1/2 c. hot water

Put first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
Add the bread crumbs and mix well.
Combine the margarine, bouillon powder and hot water in separate bowl and stir to melt margarine and dissolve bouillon powder.
Pour over the bread crumb mixture.Turn into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hrs.
If you prefer a moist stuffing, add more water and stir.
Makes 8 cups.

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Glazed Crockpot Beef Ribs

3-4 lbs beef braising ribs or short ribs
1 tsp black pepper
6 cloves garlic minced
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dijon mustard

1. Place ribs on a foil lined baking sheet or broiler pan and sprinkle with pepper. Broil in a preheated oven 6 inches from heat turning often for 10 - 15 minutes or until browned on both sides. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
2. In a bowl, combine garlic, ketchup, water , maple syrup, worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Place ribs in slowcooker and pour sauce over ribs.
3. Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours or on high for 4-6 hours or until tender. Skim any fat from surface of sauce before serving.

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I made this last night. For my tastes I would cut back on the peanut butter and add more spice. I like spice!

Thai Crockpot Chicken

8 chicken thighs or 5 chicken breasts, skin removed
3/4 cup hot salsa
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
3 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. each soy sauce and fish sauce
2 tsp. grated ginger root
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Place chicken in 3 1/2 to 6 qt slow cooker. Mix remaining ingredients EXCEPT peanuts and cilantro. Pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on low setting 8 to 9 hours or until the juice of the chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. I cooked it for 5 hours on high setting instead.

Remove chicken from cooker using slotted spoon; place on serving platter. Remove sauce from slow cooker; skim fat from sauce.
Pour sauce over chicken.

Sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro. Serves 4.
post #17 of 17
THANK YOU... I got dinner
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