Your Crockpot or Slow Cooker Is Good For a Wide Variety of Dishes

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Your slow cooker is good for a wide variety of dishes and should be a kitchen helper you use often, especially if you are a busy cook and who isn't!  The recipes below are wide-ranging so check them out and see what you want to add to your crockpot or slow cooker recipe files!

1 pkg (12-oz) frozen shrimp, thawed
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 cups long-grain rice, cooked

In a 4 1/2-quart crockpot or slow cooker, combine the shrimp, broth, garlic, chili powder, salt, and oregano.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 2 hours.

Add peas and tomatoes; replace cover and cook on low 5 to 10 minutes.  Stir in the cooked rice.  Replace cover and cook on low for 5 minutes or until the rice is heated through.

Yield: 4 servings

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage
1 lb Velveeta or similar cheese product

Turn cooker on low setting.

In a large skillet combine the ground beef and Italian Sausage, brown, stirring to break up; drain well in a colander.

Into a large microwave safe bowl, cube the cheese; add the drained meat.  Microwave on high for two minutes.  Stir well to melt all the cheese and blend the mixture.

Pour the mixture into the crockpot or slow cooker that is being preheated to keep warm for serving.

Serve with corn chips, tortilla chips, fresh veggies, etc.

Premade Frozen Meatballs
2 cups catsup
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp liquid smoke

Turn the slow cooker or crockpot on high setting.  Place frozen meatballs in the cooker.

In a bowl combine the catsup, brown sugar, garlic powder, chopped onion, and liquid smoke until well combined.  Pour the sauce mixture over the meatballs.  Cook on high for a few minutes then turn the heat setting to low and cook, covered, 3 to 4 hours.

1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tbsp all-purpose or whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup low-fat milk
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 small pkg (3-oz) cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
dash of ground red pepper
4 to 6 (depends on your heat quotient) drops hot sauce
Assorted fresh vegetables, crusty breads sticks or whole-grain crackers for dipping

In a slow cooker or crockpot combine the butter, onion, garlic, flour, milk, all cheeses, red pepper, and hot sauce; stir to combine well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 2 to 3 hours, stirring a couple of times during the cooking process.  Fondue is done when the cheeses are melted and smooth.  Increase the temperature to high and cook another 1 to 1 1/2-hours or until heated through. 

To serve, place fondue in a warmed bowl and serve with the vegetables, bread sticks, or crackers.


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This article was published on 2012/03/25