Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Two-Ingredient Crockpot Recipes and Tips

These are some great quick and easy crockpot recipes that are perfect for mornings when you are in a rush:

- 3 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast and 1 cup barbecue sauce (bottle); cook 8-10 hours.


- 3 lb. cubed boneless lamb shoulder and a 1.8-oz. box leek soup mix. Stir in 1-1/4 cups water; cook 8-10 hours.


- 1 lb. turkey kielbasa and 2 lb. fresh sauerkraut, rinsed. Stir in 1/3 cup water; cook 4-6 hours.


- 4 chicken legs (about 3 lb.), skin removed, and a 26-oz. jar green and black olive pasta sauce; cook 6-8 hours.


- 4 turkey drumsticks (about 3-1/4 lb.), skin removed, and 1 envelope (from a 2.4-oz box) savory herb with garlic soup mix. Stir in 1-1/4 cup water; cook 6-8 hours.


- 1 lb. pork chops (cheap shoulder cuts are very good) and 1 jar spaghetti sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. The meat falls off the bone!

Here are a few simple guidelines that will help you prepare your favorites in the Crock-Pot:
  • Allow sufficient time on "Low" setting so food will not be undercooked.
  • Remember--liquids don't boil away as in conventional cooking. Usually you'll have more liquid at the end of cooking instead of less. Try reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by about one-half. The exception would be soup recipes or recipes with long grain converted rice which will need the same amount of liquid or 1/4 cup liquid per 1/4 cup raw rice.
  • Many preparatory steps are not necessary. Vegetables do not need to be browned or sauteed. In most cases, all ingredients can be added to the Crock-Pot in the beginning and allowed to cook all day. Exception: milk, sour cream, or cream should be added during the last hour of cooking.
  • The Crock-Pot cooks so gently that a few extra hours on Low need not worry you. Any recipe may be cooked on High for the first two hours to reduce cooking time, then turned to Low. Most uncooked meat and vegetable combinations will require at least 8 hours on Low.

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