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Old 10-01-2012, 07:28 AM   #1
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What do you make in your slow cooker?

I've noticed that many people use a slow cooker on vacation. The slow cooker recipes I have are not ones I would want to use on a busy Disney vacation because they are just as involved as preparing a regular meal (browning the meat, chopping and browning the veggies, adding the spices and then transferring to the slow cooker) so I think of it as just shifting the time of day when I spend 30-45 minutes preparing dinner (with the advantage of producing a more tender product). I get the impression that others see the slow cooker as a way to produce a relatively effortless meal and I'm curious about what you are making that is so fast. I'm still not sure whether I'm up for actual cooking at Disney, but I sure could use some fast recipes for the everyday grind. Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:34 AM   #3
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Don't be surprised if this thread gets moved to the cooking board!

I don't take my slow cooker on vacation, but I do have some slow cooker recipes that are pretty much "throw it all in there and walk away." I think some people on vacation get the prepared veggies, where the store has peeled and/or chopped them, and have the butcher cut the meat as well. We eat a lot in the condo on vacation, but we also eat a lot more prepared food than we do at home, frozen lasagna and the like, which is more expensive than cooking from scratch, but less money (and often less hassle) than eating out.


Corned Beef in Beer

Just what it says! Rinse a slab of corned beef, plonk it in a casserole, open the packet of spices and sprinkle over, add any extra herbs or spices that you like, pour a can of beer over it, and cook.


Cranberry Pork Roast

1 boneless rolled pork loin roast (2 1/2 to 3 lbs)
1 can (16 oz) jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs cold water
Salt to taste
Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes

Place pork roast in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mash cranberry sauce; stir in sugar, cranberry juice, mustard and cloves. Pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender

Remove roast and keep warm. Skim fat from juices; measure 2 cups, adding water if necessary, and pour into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Combine the cornstarch and cold water to make a paste; stir into gravy. Cook and stir until thickened. Season with salt. Serve with sliced pork.
4-6 servings

You don't have to make the gravy -- you can just have the meat with the juices, and buttered noodles as a side. I always make the gravy, but if hubby or the kids make it when I'm gone or sick, they don't.


Four Can Chili

1 (16-oz) can tomatoes, undrained, cup up
1 (15-oz) can chili without beans
1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans, drained
1 (15.5 oz) can dark or light red kidney beans, drained
1/4 cup prepared barbecue sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder

TOPPINGS
4 oz (1 cup) shredded cheddar cheese)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup dairy sour cream

In slow cooker, combine all chili ingredients; mix well. Cook on high setting for 2 to 4 hours to allow flavors to blend. Or, cook 1 hour on high setting; reduce heat to low setting and cook 8 to 9 hours. Serve with toppings.
4 (1 1/2 cup) servings

I can double that in my crock pot without a problem. I think. Haven't made it in years. We don't care enough about chopped onion on our chili to bother (or just get it out of the freezer, since I freeze extra chopped onion enough we usually have some), and you can get the cheese already shredded if so inclined.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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I use a lot of recipes from www.thecountrycook.net. She has several slow cooker meals that are mostly just "dump and cook" kind of recipes. Just made the pot roast for tonight's dinner. I skip adding the veggies and just cook some frozen peas or something to go with it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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We can't bring our crock pot on the plane but I did buy a crock pot for the pool home we rent and use it typically twice a week, once for beef stew and once for a pork loin roast.
I buy the already peeled carrots and new potatoes I don't have to peel.
It's turned on in time for us to still make it to rope drop, then we come home mid-afternoon for a swim, rest and dinner before heading back to the parks for an evening of fun.

Thanks shalom for the great recipes. can't wait to try them.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:48 AM   #6
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@ home I do the easiest & yummiest chicken recipe.
*2 cans of cream of chicken soup
*about 1 & 1/2 cans of H2O
*lemon pepper to taste [about 3TB,too much will make it too salty,less is more can always add more later]
*whisk it up
*add frozen chicken
[add any veggies if you want, I don't always, b/c I'll serve them on the side w/ butter, so it's not too much lemon pepper flavor]
*cook on low all day
*Serve over rice
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:56 AM   #7
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Here are my two favorites that are super easy and the hubby loves:

Beef Short Ribs
1 package beef short ribs
1 can beer
2 bay leaves
2 beef bouillon cubes
Montreal steak seasoning

Pour beer into crock pot. Add bay leaves & beef bouillon cubes. Season short ribs with Montreal steak seasoning and add to pot. Cook 8-10 hours on low.

Pork Chops with Gravy
1 package of pork chops
1-2 cans cream of chicken soup (depending on how much gravy you like.)
1 package dry onion soup mix

Pour cream of chicken into the pot, add the onion soup mix and stir to combine. Place pork chops on top of gravy. Cook for 8-10 hours on low. (If gravy seems too thick, add some water or beer to get your desired consistency.)

I usually serve with a side of rice or egg noodles for these. Add a microwave bag of your favorite veggies and you are set!
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:37 PM   #8
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We drive to Disney so I take my slow cooker and I have all the "prep" work done at home and frozen in crock pot liners. Then I just put the liner with all the stuff in the pot in the morning and dinner is done when we get back.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:04 PM   #9
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Here are my two favorites that are super easy and the hubby loves:

Beef Short Ribs
1 package beef short ribs
1 can beer
2 bay leaves
2 beef bouillon cubes
Montreal steak seasoning

Pour beer into crock pot. Add bay leaves & beef bouillon cubes. Season short ribs with Montreal steak seasoning and add to pot. Cook 8-10 hours on low.

Pork Chops with Gravy
1 package of pork chops
1-2 cans cream of chicken soup (depending on how much gravy you like.)
1 package dry onion soup mix

Pour cream of chicken into the pot, add the onion soup mix and stir to combine. Place pork chops on top of gravy. Cook for 8-10 hours on low. (If gravy seems too thick, add some water or beer to get your desired consistency.)

I usually serve with a side of rice or egg noodles for these. Add a microwave bag of your favorite veggies and you are set!
Love the 1st one & I do the same w/ the 2nd w/ either beef or pork but cream of mushroom soup instead of the chicken. I'll try it ur way too!
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:06 PM   #10
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We drive to Disney so I take my slow cooker and I have all the "prep" work done at home and frozen in crock pot liners. Then I just put the liner with all the stuff in the pot in the morning and dinner is done when we get back.
THIS is such a fantastic idea, even for home.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:14 AM   #11
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We drive to Disney so I take my slow cooker and I have all the "prep" work done at home and frozen in crock pot liners. Then I just put the liner with all the stuff in the pot in the morning and dinner is done when we get back.
That is a SUPER AWESOME idea that I'm going to have to do !!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:12 AM   #12
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Recipes We Love!

We are staying off site on our upcoming trip and will have a full kitchen. I considering taking our crockpot along too.

Here are a some recipes we like:

Buffalo Chicken:

3 lbs frozen chicken
1 bottle buffalo sauce
1 packet of ranch seasoning

Throw it all in the crock pot, cook for 6-7 hours, and then shred chicken. Cook for 30 minutes more. Great for chicken tacos or served on buns.


Chicken and Dumplings

1lb of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Chicken Broth
1 medium White Onion, diced
4 Large Flaky Refrigerator Biscuits

Place chicken in crock pot and top with butter. Add cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and diced onions. Cook on High for 4-6 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot and use a fork to shred. Return chicken to the crock pot. Cut each biscuit into 9-11 pieces (depending on the size dumplings you like) and stir into the chicken mixture. Continue to cook on High for 30 minutes. Serve hot. Makes about 6-8 servings.


Baked Potatoes

Cover each potato in aluminum foil and place in a crock-pot. Cook on low for about eight hours. Load them up with your favorite toppings, serve with a big salad and dinner is served!


Pot Roast (Our Favorite!)

2-5 pound pot roast (any kind)
1 envelope ranch dressing (dried)
1 envelope Italian dressing
1 envelope brown gravy mix
Potatoes, Carrots, Onions (all optional)
1 to 1-1/2 cup water (depending on size of roast)

If you wanted carrots and potatoes in your CrockPot, cut them to your liking and put in the bottom of your CrockPot. Put Roast on top of vegatables.
Sprinkle all 3 spice envelopes on top. Add the water. Cook on LOW for 6-10 hours until tender and veggies cooked through.


Mac & Cheese (Delicious!!!)

16 oz elbow macaroni cooked and drained
12 oz can evaporated milk
1 cup milk (2% or whole)
3/4 stick margarine (cut into several pieces)
4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
a little bit of dry or prepared mustard (optional)


Place everything in the crock pot and mix well.* If you feel that the mixture is not soupy enough, you can add more milk (not evaporated).* The additional milk will just absorb in the cooking.* You can add additional shredded cheese as a topping if you like.* If you cook on high, it should be done in about 1 1/2 - 2 hours...low setting usually takes about an hour longer. It is done when it appears to be medium set (not dry)
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