Thursday, November 12, 2009

a few crockpot favorites

I love my crockpot! seriously! It’s one of the greatest inventions ever. I have a friend who was asking for recipes so I shared with her three of our family favorites so I decided to share them with you too.

Grandma’s Pork Chops

  • 4-6 pork chops or cut pork loins*
  • 2 cans Campbell’s Chicken and Rice soup

Put the pork chops in the crockpot and dump on the soups, cook for 6 hours. wa-la!

Note: My grandma always would make this when I was little and I still request it when I see her. When I asked her for the recipe, I was shocked because I had no idea it was so simple. You can take it one-step further and brown the pork chops for a few minutes a side in oil first but I normally skip this step.

*how many I use depends on the size/thickness.

Deli Style Brisket

  • 4 pounds beef brisket
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Place brisket fat side up into slow cooker, sprinkle garlic powder on top and rub ketchup generously into brisket. Add onion slices all around and on top of meat, add enough water to coat the bottom of the cooker. Cook on Low, all day, for the most tender brisket you will ever eat. For gravy, remove brisket from the slow cooker, and increase temperature to High. Mix flour with 1/4 cup water, add to pot, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

This recipe one comes straight from It’s one of my favorite food related websites.

Note: When I make this recipe, I normally skip the gravy part… it is not one of my strong suits. If everyone wants gravy, I’ll normally add a brown gravy packet instead of the flour. I’ve made the gravy with the flour before and it turns out fine, I just think the gravy packet is more flavorful.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced*
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 (10 ounce) package refrigerated biscuit dough, quartered
  • water
Place the chicken, butter, soup, onion, and poultry seasoning in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover (about two soup cans). Cover and cook for approximately 8 hours on low. Two hours before serving, place the quartered biscuit dough in the slow cooker, push down to cover with the liquid. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center. Before serving, run a knife around the dumplings so they’ll be able to be removed easily.

I adapted this recipe from one I found at I read the reviews and adjusted it to my liking.

*sometimes I use the onion, sometimes I don't, it's good either way but the kids like it when I forget!

What are some of your favorite crockpot recipes? Feel free to share the recipe or link.



Debi said...

I love my crockpot too! The best part is coming home after work and opening the door to those wonderful smells... yum!! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

{Susan...Seriously.} said...

i'll have to try these out. i use my crockpot at least once a week, but lately 2 or 3 times.