I was a little surprised the other day when one of my friends said that she puts her crock pot away in April and doesn’t get back out until October. I use my crock pot in the summer to keep my kitchen from getting up to 100 degrees in July! I try to use my oven as little as possible. Sure I use the grill a ton in the summer, but not every day. Here are some great “lazy Sunday” recipes from my fellow coupon bloggers that will keep your kitchen cool and your family happy! My new favorite crock pot recipe is included at the end, Beer Chicken in the Crock Pot. If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to!
6 large baking potatoes, peeled, cut in 1/2 -inch cubes
1 large onions, chopped
1 quart chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced ( or pressed)
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cream or 1 cup half-and-half cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 cup sour cream (optional)
8 slices bacon, fried & crumbled
cheese, for sprinkling
Combine first seven ingredients in a large crock pot; cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours (potato should be tender).
Mash mixture until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soupy is slightly thickened.
Stir in cream, cheese and chives.
Top with sour cream (if used), sprinkle with bacon and more cheese.
Crock Pot Chicken Nachos
· 1 bag tortilla chips
· 4 to 6 chicken breasts
· 1 cup salsa (hot or mild to taste)
· 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
· 1/2 cup sour cream
· 1/2 cup guacamole
Place the tortilla chips on the bottom of the crock pot. Arrange the chicken breasts over the tortilla chips. Add the salsa, cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Add the cheese and continue to cook until the cheese is melted.
Remove the chicken mixture from the crock pot and place in serving dish. Serve with sour cream, guacamole and fresh tortilla chips.
Note: the chicken breasts can be cut into smaller pieces when serving as an appetizer, or left whole to serve as a main dish.
Crock Pot Meatloaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes
Yield: Serves 9
· 3 pounds of lean hamburger
· 2 eggs
· 1 sleeve saltine crackers
· Salt and pepper
· 1 small onion, chopped
Beat eggs – add crackers. Add enough milk to moisten all. Add hamburger….squish all together with your hands. Season to taste. Place in slow cooker or Crock Pot….shape to fit, flatten. Pour ketchup on top (enough to cover completely) Crock on low all day 8 – 12 hours.
Cubed Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Beef cubed steak browned with onions and covered with cream of mushroom soup
1 pound beef cubed steak browned
1 whole onion diced and browned
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 tablespoon flour
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons oils
Coat beef cubed steak in flour. Brown beef cubed steak and onions in small amount of oil. (Adjust the oil to your liking.) Use salt and pepper as needed.
Mix milk and flour into a paste in crockpot. Add beef cubed steak and onions to crock pot. Spoon cream of mushroom soup over top.
Cook on low 4 – 6 hours or on high for 2 – 3 hours.
NOTE: You can use larger amounts of beef cubed steak with no problems. You may need to add more soup depending on how much meat you use.
Crockpot Peach Cobbler
Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 2-3 minutes
Cook Time: 4-5 hours
4 cups sliced peaches, fresh or canned (if using canned peaches, save the juice)
⅔ cup rolled dry oats
⅓ cup all-purpose baking mix
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. all spice or cinnamon
½ cup water or saved peach juice
1. Spray crockpot with a non-stick spray (i.e. Pam)
2. Place peaches in crockpot. Turn on Low.
3. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
4. Stir in water (or peach juice).
5. Pour batter on top of peaches and stir until well-mixed.
6. Cover and cook on low. Stir occasionally.
Beer Chicken in the Crock Pot
4-6 Chicken Breasts or 1 Whole or cut-up Chicken
1 Can of any kind of Beer
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Basil
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Salt
Put all ingredients into crockpot. If chicken is frozen, cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10 hours. If chicken is fresh, cook on high 3-4 hours or low 7-8 hours.