Terri's Crock Pot Recipes and Tips

Occasionally someone sends me an email that really surprises me.

 

Recently, I receive the following email:-

I use my crock pot all the time, in fact I have 6 of them in different shapes ( some round, some oval) and sizes. I would love to share some of the things I make.
Regards Terri


And I replied:-

Hi Terri

Thanks for the email.

6 crock pots - I think that must be a record!

We'd love to see some of your recipes and share them with the rest of our viewers. In fact we have just started a new Crock Pot Recipe Competition.

So feel free to send in your favorite recipes anytime.

Happy Cooking and Regards
Lisa "The Crock Cook"


Never did I expect the resultant avalanche of recipes and tips that Terri sent.

You can read them all below and thus see why I have given Terri a page of her own. Actually stay tuned as I will be adding more of Terri's crock pot recipes and ideas over the next few months.


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Terri's Crock Pot Recipes and Tips

Lisa,
Thanks for replying, and I have to warn you this may be long! I love my crock pots and use them at least 5 times a week, sometimes 2 or 3 of them at a time for one meal.

I would also like to mention the new crock pot bags that are on the market now. They are like the oven roasting bags but you put them in the crock pot and when dinners done, I can just throw the bag away and wipe off the outside of the crock, the electric part of the crock and the lid and clean up is done! They are great!

I didn't have time to search your entire site so I'll apologize in advance if you already know some of this stuff.

I am a busy mom with 5 young boys and I like to use my crock pots as work savers, (I live for easy) some of these recipes are more techniques of things you can do, but no exact amounts as I never measure. (sorry) And sometimes cooking times will vary as I've noticed that each crock is a bit different heat wise.



Crock Pot Chicken and Pork Recipes
Crock Pot Chicken and Pork Recipes
You can take chicken or pork and add BBQ sauce or cream of chicken or mushroom soup to cover the meat and let them cook on low all day. The technique is the same just change around up the ingredients a bit. The meat is tender and juicy this way.


Crock Pot Roasts
Crock Pot Roasts
Beef or Pork roast - salt and pepper to taste, and a few shakes of garlic powder. Fill the crock up 1/3 with water add a couple beef bouillon cubes. Top with quartered onions, potatoes, and carrots. Cook all day (at least 8 hours) on low. 4-5 hours on High.


Crock Pot Ham
Crock Pot Ham
Boneless Ham - You can do this a couple of ways.
In a large oval crockpot I've had some hams that can fit in whole, just add water to fill the bottom 1/3 of crock.
Or it is also good to slice the ham into ham steaks and layer them in the crock pot, with brown sugar, and pineapple juice. Let cook on low 6-9 hours.
If you find this is too much ham to eat in a couple of days, what I do is cube it and freeze it in 1 cup packages for use in casseroles.


Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot
Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot
Browning Ground Beef or Bulk Sausage - I use my 3-4 quart crock pots for this as it does 2lbs of meat nicely. Pour about 2-3 Tblsp of olive oil in the bottom of crock, (I have also been in a hurry and forgotten the olive oil and it turned out just fine) then put the meat in the crock pot (if using very lean meat add about 1/2 cup or so of water) Let cook on high for 2 hours then break up the meat into some smaller chunks (you don't have to be too fussy about this, its very easy) Then turn down to low for about 4 more hours. I then take a large dinner plate and cover it with a few paper towels and using a slotted spoon scoop up a couple of spoonfuls of the meat and put it on the plate. Using a metal spatula (we call them flippers lol) gently break the meat up into as tiny of chunks as you like it. I like it very fine. The meat is so tender it breaks down easily. Put the meat into another container and replace the paper towels on the plate and repeat until the meat is all broken up and drained. For 2 pounds of meat I can do this in less than 10 minutes. You can then use the cooked burger or sausage in your favorite recipe.

(Please note that some health officals don't think ground beef should be cooked in the crock pot - as they don't think it gets hot enough quickly enough. You be your own judge).


Crock Pot Chilli Cheese Dip
Crock Pot Chilli Cheese Dip
I use my tiny 1 quart crock pot for this one. You can do this 2 different ways. a) 1 can of prepared chili (we like no beans) and 1 pkg cream cheese cubed or b) 1 can of prepared chili and about 1 1/2 cups cubed velveeta (approx. measure, I just fill up the crock)

Put the cubed cheese in crock and pour chili over it. Stir every 30 min or so until the cheese is melted and blended with the chili. Serve with tortillas chips.


Crock Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes
Crock Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes
Grease the bottom of crock. Peel and thinly slice potatoes and place in bottom 1/2 of crock pot. I also add salt pepper onion powder and garlic powder. I usually make a meatloaf out of about 2 lbs burger, 2 eggs, about 1 1/2 cups or so of corn flakes (NOT FROSTED FLAKES) I measure first then crush the corn flakes. Add salt and pepper and onion powder. Also add a good squirt of ketchup ( maybe about 3 TBLSP? give or take) Mix up and place meatloaf on top of potatoes and then cover the top of meatloaf with a generous layer of ketchup. Cook on low for 8 hours or so.


Crock Pot Chicken Breasts
Crock Pot Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts, (with skin and bone) cover with water add a few cubes of chicken bouillon, some garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook on low for 8 hours. Meat should be falling apart. Makes the BEST chicken salad. Just use your favorite recipe. I also save the broth and strain it through a wire type screen colander and freeze it.


Crock Pot Chicken Casserole
Crock Pot Chicken Casserole
Cook 2 or 3 chicken leg/thigh pieces in the crock pot covered with water, add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, on high for 4-5 hours or low 8 hours. Take meat out of the crock, and remove the bones and skin. Make sure the meat is in bite sized pieces. Strain broth. I make gravy out of the broth using milk and cornstarch mixed together for thickening (I'm so sorry I never measure!) Once the gravy is done, I add a can of cream of chicken soup, and a can of creamed corn. I cook a 1lb box of shell macaroni and add it to the gravy with the broken up meat. Drain a can of peas and a can of carrots. (I usually cut my canned carrots into smaller pieces) and put in the gravy. I hope you can understand this one, it is a favorite at my house and I make it so often I never measure.
(I make my gravy on the stovetop (usually in the pan I boiled the pasta in, while the pasta is draining). I usually mix all up in the pan that I made the gravy in and because everything is already so hot except for the vegetables, I throw the canned veggies in and we eat.)




More of Terri's recipes coming soon




I hope this is what you were looking for. I'm sorry I didn't have more exact measurements. But I really do use my crock pots all the time!!


Well, Terri we can see that. A huge thank you for all your crock pot ideas and recipe tips. I am sure all our visitors will benefit from your experience and insight.


Lisa, Wow, how exciting! I'm so glad you will be able to use the recipes/ideas, I always like to share things that make life easier..... I love talking about this stuff!
Terri



 
       


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