Crock pots provide the busy chef with a great avenue to produce a tasty meal with little prep time. Perfect for cold winter nights, these crock pot classics should be on your weekly menu!
Delicious Slow Cooker Pot Roast
This recipe is courtesy of Food Network
One 4-pound beef chuck roast
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for coating
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
3 cloves garlic, mashed
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped
- Sprinkle the roast all over with 2 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Coat in flour and shake off any excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the roast to the skillet and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 8 minutes, turning as needed. Transfer the roast to the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker, along with the carrots, celery, onions and garlic.2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet over medium heat. Add the tomato paste and stir until the oil begins to turn brick-red, about 1 minute. Add the flour and wine and whisk until thick (it’s OK if there are some lumps). Add the beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, allspice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and bring to a simmer, whisking, until the gravy is smooth and thickens slightly, about 4 minutes.3. Pour the gravy into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. The roast and vegetables should be tender.
- Remove the roast and let rest for a few minutes. Discard the thyme stems and strain the vegetables, reserving the gravy. Toss the vegetables with half the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Stir the remaining parsley into the gravy and season with salt and pepper. Slice the roast against the grain. Serve the meat and vegetables on a platter, moistening them with some of the gravy; serve the remaining gravy on the side.
Italian Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes
This recipe is courtesy of Peanut Butter and Peppers
1 1/4 lbs pork tenderloin
1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced about 1/4
1 cup celery, diced, about 1/4
2 medium rustic potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut into bite size pieces
1 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning Mix (The kind in the package you use to make dressing)
1/2 tbsp. crushed black pepper
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 tbsp. water
- Spray the inside of the Crockpot with cooking spray. Add pork tenderloin and surround it with the vegetables. Pour vegetable stock over pork. Sprinkle the pork and vegetables with Italian seasoning and pepper.
- Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours or cook on high for 4 – to 6 hours.
- With tongs, carefully add pork onto serving plate. With a slotted spoon, add vegetables to the side of the pork on serving plate. Carefully pour remaining juice in the crockpot into a small sauce pan. Place sauce pan on the stove top over medium heat.
- In a small bowl add cornstarch and water, mix until combined. Pour mixture into the sauce pan with the gravy. Whisk together until thick and bubbly about 5 minutes. Pour gravy over pork and vegetables.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
This recipe is courtesy of Cheryl’s Style
1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 – 10.75 oz cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 small yellow onion, diced small
14 oz can chicken broth
1 large stalk celery
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced ¼” thick
2 cans refrigerated home style buttermilk biscuits
½ cup all-purpose flour
- Rinse chicken under cool water and place it in the slow cooker with the butter, both cans of cream of chicken soup, diced onion and chicken broth. Stir to just combine, cover turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 4−4½ hours. Or if you want this to be waiting for you at the end of your work day, cook it on low for 8 hours. There’s no need to stir or chop the chicken—just put the first 5 ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do the work.
- After about 4 hours, remove the lid and use a wooden spoon to stir and loosen everything from the sides and the bottom of the pot. Use the wooden spoon to break the chicken into chunks or press the chicken against the side of the pot to shred it if you prefer. The chicken should be very tender and come apart easily.
- At this point, you will stir in the celery and carrots (or whatever vegetables you like). Replace the lid and allow the vegetables to begin to cook while you prepare the dumplings.
- Pop open the cans of those homestyle buttermilk biscuits. Roll each piece of biscuit in a little flour to coat it completely. The flour will help thicken the stew. Drop the coated biscuits into the slow cooker on top of the stew. Space the dumplings out as evenly as you can but inevitably, a few of them will end up on top of each other. Once all of the dumplings have been placed in the pot, use your wooden spoon to dunk each one into the hot stew and try to situate the dumplings so they are as evenly spaced as possible.
- Cover with the lid once again and allow to cook an additional 45 minutes. Once the biscuits are cooked through, it’s time to eat, and eat well!