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Will you share your uncomplicated slow cooker recipes with me? (Also an additional question about this CrockPot)

Asked by DigitalBlue (6656 points ) January 3rd, 2013

For starters, I just got a new Crock Pot over the holidays, and I threw some frozen meatballs in about an hour ago. Now my kitchen smells like plastic. I washed the stoneware and the lid after I took it out of the box, should I be concerned about eating food out of this thing? Or is that just typical of new appliances?

I have always had a slow cooker, but mine is pretty small, so my options to make meals in it were limited. My husband and kids are really finicky eaters, but I’d like to use this bigger slow cooker to make family meals rather than sides and dips (as I’ve used the smaller one to do.) Would you share your favorite slow cooker recipes with me? I’m really looking for stuff with uncomplicated ingredients, or things that are easy to alter for picky eaters.. but if you have a really great recipe that you recommend for parties or something similar, I’ll take those, too. :)

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The plastic smell is probably the heating element being used for the first time. The food should be fine. if they’re meat eaters throw a roast in with a can of condensed soup, usually cream of mushroom but others would work if they don’t like mushrooms. Chilis work good in a slow cooker, or a stew. Just go easy on the liquids til you get a feel for it. And try to resist opening it too often. it really slows the cooking time.

DigitalBlue's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe thanks, that’s what I suspected, it being used for the first time made it smell funny.

I’m familiar with using a Crock Pot… I just want tried & true recipes. :)

Shippy's avatar

Just grab a carrot, some meat a potato and chuck it all in, put the lid on and go out.

Or stay at home up to you.

Coloma's avatar

I just did a Pot Roast with all the trimmings over the holiday. Superb!
Toss in a 2.5 – 3lb. top sirloin roast, 5 cups of chopped red potatoes, sliced carrots and onions, celery, if you like it and add a packet of Lipton Onion soup and a cup or so of water and pour over. I think it is Lawry or Schilling that has a slow cooker packet for pot roast in the seasoning section of the grocery store.

You just add 1 cup of water, mix it up and pour over the roast & veggies. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8.
I cooked it on high for 2 hrs. and low for 4–5…excellent, excellent!

DigitalBlue's avatar

@Coloma lovely, thank you. :)

marinelife's avatar

I love this recipe for split pea soup from Whole Foods and use it all the time.

Coloma's avatar

Mmmm…split pea soup..think I’ll pick up those ingredients today! :-)

Blondesjon's avatar

1 pound of crab meat (real or imitation? follow your budget.)
1 jar of cheez whiz
2 bricks of creams cheese
1 can cream of shrimp soup
1 tbsp old bay seasoning
an empty shrimp soup can full of your favorite beer

Mix it all together in the crock pot and cook on low for 4–6 hours or until it’s all melted together and heated through.

We eat this by scooping it up with hunks we tear off of a loaf of sourdough bread.

Kardamom's avatar

Oy Vey! Once again I’m having computer problems and my answer disappeared in a poof! Here is the third time attempting to post to this Q, cross your fingers : )

With the exception of the Char Siu Pork and the Chicken Chili, which are newer and just sounded good to me now, I used to eat all of the recipes below on a fairly regular basis when I was a still meat eater as a child and very young adult. I was quite picky back then, so hopefully your family will enjoy some of these things as much as I did. My Mom and my Aunt used to make most of these recipes fairly often, but the only 2 that I specifically recall being made in the crock pot were the Pulled Pork and the Barbecued Beef, but I think I managed to find some delicious, pretty easy to make, crockpot versions of the recipes. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork with Ginger Ale

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Barbecue Beans

Beef Stroganoff

Chinese Char Siu Pork

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Taco and Burrito Filling

Mexican Style Pinto Beans

Spanish Rice

Sloppy Joes

Minestrone Soup

Potato Cheese Soup

Chicken and Dumplings

Bean with Bacon Soup

Great Northern Beans with Ham

Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

Below are some recipes that non-picky party guests might enjoy

Pork Chile Verde

Barbecue Ribs

Buffalo Style Drummettes with Bleu Cheese Dip

Guiness Stew

Indian Mulligatawny Soup

Orange Chicken

French Onion Soup

Beef Barley Soup

Tortilla Soup

Corn Chowder

Spicy Bean Dip

Artichoke Cheese Dip

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Beef Stew with Red Wine and Mushrooms

Mulled Cider

DigitalBlue's avatar

@Blondesjon yum!
@Kardamom you’re the best, thanks so much!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@DigitalBlue Hey there. My lady dragged me to Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday. I found a cookbook for crockpots. It had a website: fix-itandforget-it.com. It’s all about crockpots. Knock yourself out.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@DigitalBlue Welcome so so so much.

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