Monday, February 22, 2010

What's NOT in My Crock Pot?

Connie wants to know what's in all of our Crock Pots. And since I'm more in the mood to blog about what's in my Crock Pot than I am to, say, fold laundry, here I am posting for the second whole day in a row. I'll pause here for a minute while you catch your breath from all the successive-days-of-blogging-ing.

So, here we go. Crock Pot. The real question is what's NOT in my Crock Pot?

Pot Roast
1 beef roast
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 envelope onion soup mix
2T corn starch
1/4c water

If you thought ahead and thawed the roast in the fridge overnight, then you can rub the roast with minced garlic and sear it in a pan on the stovetop before placing in the crock pot. If you're me, you plunk a frozen cow-brick into the crock pot and call it good. Either way, then you mix the mushroom soup and onion soup mix (no need to add water), and smear it over the roast. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours (closer to 8 for the cow-brick). Remove the roast to a platter, pour the juices into a sauce pan and warm over medium heat. Stir 2T corn starch into 1/4c cold water. Whisk into meat juices and stir constantly until slightly thickened. Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles or rice or Ding Dongs, depending on the time of the month.

BBQ Round Steak

2# or so of round steak, cut into serving-size pieces
2c of your favorite BBQ sauce (bottled or homemade...we like Head Country)

Brown the steak portions lightly if you like, but you don't have to. Depends on whether you have a kid assigned to kitchen duty to clean up the extra pan. Place round steak portions in the Crock Pot and cover with BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours or longer. Sometimes I serve these with mashed taters, sometimes with buns for BBQ sandwiches. Sometimes with Ding Dongs. See above.

Apple Butter
4# or so sweet apples (I use half Gala and half Fuji)
4t cinnamon
1/2t cloves

Wash apples and remove stems. Slice apples into wedges (or the shape that makes you happy), and fill the crock pot until the lid will barely fit. I overfill by 1/2" or so, because they cook down so far. Cook on LOW 12 hours or overnight, or until someone says, "Hey. What's all the brown stuff in the crock pot?" Remove the lid and blend the apples with an immersible (stick) blender until smooth. Stir in spices. leave the lid off, set on HIGH and let the apples reduce another 8-12 hours. I lay a tea towel or piece of cheesecloth over the crock pot to discourage the addition of Monopoly pieces, jacks, or other non-traditional enhancements. Stir occasionally. When the apples are the consistency of softened butter, take a little sample. If you'd like 'em a little sweeter, add white or brown sugar to taste, stir well and let cook another hour or so. Ladle into prepared 4oz. or 8oz. canning jars. Sealed jars are good for months. Unsealed jars should be refrigerated and eaten within a week or so.

For most of my Crock cooking, I use these. When I need Crock Pot inspiration, I go here, and this is my favorite Crock Pot cook book.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crocking!


  1. Hi there! I stopped over from Smockity Frocks' crock pot carnival. I think I'm going to try the BBQ recipe soon. :)
    Do you happen to have a macaroni and cheese recipe for the crock pot? Maybe you know someone who does?

  2. Bambino's Mommy: I have only experienced dismal failure in the crock-eroni and cheese arena. My quest for crock pot mac and cheese continues...glad to know I'm not alone on the journey. Good luck to us both!

  3. I'm not too shocked to comment. Altho' it took me about 5 seconds. That apple recipe sounds divine! And who ever remembers to thaw meat before putting it into the crockpot. I thought defrosting with all the stuff on top of it was part of the cooking process.

  4. Elle: As always, I like how you think! OF COURSE the defrosting-while-crocking only enhances the awesomeness of any recipe. SO HAPPY you stopped by!

  5. YEA! I'm so glad to see back!

    "You plunk a frozen cow-brick into the crock pot and call it good" cracked me up! NOT that I would know anything about that... or anything...