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Adapting Your Recipes For The Crock Pot

Updated on March 17, 2009

Crockpot Barbecue Meatballs

BBQ Meatballs
BBQ Meatballs
What your Meatballs should look like when you have them ready to go in the skillet.
What your Meatballs should look like when you have them ready to go in the skillet.
BBQ Meatballs could also be a delightful delicious appetizer.
BBQ Meatballs could also be a delightful delicious appetizer.

Crockpot Barbecue Meatballs

Crockpot Barbecue Meatballs Recipe

You will need for your recipe.

1. 1 1/2 Pounds Of Ground Beef

2. 1/4 Cup Fine Diced Onion

3. 1/4 Cup Quaker Instant Oatmeal

4. 1 Large Well Beaten Egg

For Your Sauce You Will Need.

1. 1/2 Cup Of Ketchup

2. 2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar

3. 2 Teaspoons Mustard

Combine your first 4 ingredients and shape into meatballs about the size of a pecan in the shell. Once you have all your meatballs made you will want to brown them well in a skillet with some vegetable oil in it. Once they are done drain your meatballs well on a couple of layers of paper towel.

Once you have all your meatballs well drained place them in the crock pot. Now you want to mix all your sauce ingredients above in a bowl and once well mixed pour the sauce into the crock pot over the meatballs. You will want to cook for 4-6 hours on low heat. Serve over some hot buttered rice for a delightful treat.

Adapting Your Recipes For The Crock Pot

Now that you've finely taken that Crock Pot you got last Christmas out of the box and set it out on the kitchen counter I bet you've wondered if you can adapt all your favorite recipes to the crock pot. After all they say you can put the ingredients for a recipe in the crock pot and have a meal ready to eat when you come home from work. And yes its true. The crock pot has literally changed the lifes of many busy families and it has given more than one woman new hope that she just might get a few minutes of her day back. If only the crock pot will play along and deliver that delicious stew in the picture on the box it came in.

And yes there is hope for everyone that wants to adapt their regular recipes to the crock pot. You will want to add vegetables like broccoli and english peas in the last 60 minutes of cooking time. And if your using frozen vegetables you will want to add them in the last 45 minutes to 60 minutes of cooking time.

If your doing dry beans like pintos, limas. or kidney beans you will want to soak your beans overnight in a covered pot or bowl before you place them in the crock pot the next morning along with your traditional seasonings. When you come home your beans will be cooked perfectly and they won't be swelled up out of the crock pot like may have happened to you in the past if you didn't soak them over night.

And if your regular recipe calls for any type of seafood,milk, or other  dairy products, then add those items to your crock pot in the last 60 minutes of cooking time. And to make pasta turn out great in the crock pot you will want to cook the pasta to about halfway done in a regular pot on the stove and rinse it well. Now simply bag your pasta up in a zip lock bag and place it in the refrigaerator. When you come home and get ready to finish your crock pot meal add that zip lock bag of pasta to the crock pot in the last 60 minutes of cooking time. And no the bag does not go in the crock pot. Just the pasta.

You can use condinsed cream soups in place of most dairy products because the soups will hold up much better long term than the dairy products ever will.

If you are doing a recipe in your crock pot that calls for rice you will want to add 1/4 cup of water or broth for each 1/4 cup of rice. And remember if you are doing a regular recipe in the crock pot to reduce any water called for by 1/2.

And I hope those tips will help you in converting your regular recipes to your crock pot. After all the new Crock Pot setting over there on the counter does look pretty but it also can make your life so much easier if you will give it a try. Happy Cooking.

American Chop Suey

Easy Crockpot Baked Apples

This recipe for Easy Crockpot Baked Apples is so wonderful. Just be sure to use Granny Smith Apples for this recipe for one of the tastiest treats you will ever eat.

You Will Need For Your Easy Crockpot Baked Apples

1. 6 Large Granny Smith Apples

2. 3/4 Cup Of Orange Juice

3. 2 Teaspoons Grated Orange Peel

4. 3/4 Cup Of Apple Juice

5. 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

6. 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar

You will want to remove the cores from your apples and place them into the crock pot. Mix all the rest of your ingredients together well in a bowl and then pour the mixture into the crock pot over the apples. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours until the apples are tender. Remove and serve with whipped topping for a real tasty treat.

American Chop Suey

American Chop Suey Recipe

While there's hardly anything about this recipe that has anything to do with Oriental Cooking except maybe the wok in the photo it is a very tasty recipe that the kids will love and if you add a garden salad and some garlic bread you will have a complete meal that everyone is sure to enjoy.

You Will Need For Your American Chop Suey Recipe.

1. 1 Pound Of Ground Chuck

2. 1 Medium Onion Chopped Fine

3. 1 Medium Bell Pepper Chopped Fine

4. 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

5. Salt and Pepper To Taste

6. 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

7. 1 6 OZ. Can Tomato Paste

8. 1 15 OZ. Can Diced Tomatoes

9. 2 Cups Of Cooked , Rinsed And Well Drained Macaroni

In a skillet brown your ground beef along with your onion and green pepper. Once done drain very well and put into your crock pot. Add everything else but your cheese and cook on low for 4-6 hours. In the last 60 minutes of cooking time stir in your shredded cheese and stir well.

Most Kids simply love this recipe and it really does taste great and the really great thing is that it is inexpensive to make. If you make it please post a comment below and let us know what you think.

Please Feel Free To Post Your Comments, Questions, Or Etc. Below. Have You Ever Had American Chop Suey.

Please Feel Free To Post Your Comments, Questions, Or Etc. Below. Have You Ever Had American Chop Suey. Post Your Comment Now.

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      programmable crock pot 

      8 years ago

      I'm glad to find this hub. I'm still a little hesitant when it comes to adapting recipes to the crockpot. But I'm getting better at it.


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