Slow Cooker Ham, Potatoes, Carrots and Onions
Here we have a healthy meal combining slow cooker ham, potato, carrots and onions. Simple to make, as are a lot of slow cooked meals. Set your slow cooker on low and this hearty meal is ready in just 2 to 3 hours.
2lb sliced potato
2lb sliced carrots
2lb chopped ham
1 lb chopped white onion
1/2 cup olive oil
Pour the oil into your slow cooker (or use a cooker bag) to stop the food from sticking.
Add half of the potatoes, carrots, ham and onions in layers. Start with the potato on the bottom.
Then continue to layer the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker.
Add salt and black pepper, to taste.
Cook for 3 hrs on low.
You might like to try adding some grated cheese for the last hour of cooking. If you want to spice it up slightly, then sprinkle some Paprika on the cheese. Even better, smoked Paprika.
Serve your slow cooker ham and veg meal with a green salad.
My husband always wanted to try some food from a slow cooker. So I recently bought a small one to make meals just for the two of us. It didn’t have any recipes with it, so could you share your best slow cooker recipes with me?
Pot roast, what is it?
Well it’s certainly cooked in a pot, but it’s not a roast. Pot roast is actually a braised beef dish.
It’s called pot roast simply because we used a roast size piece of beef. It’s slow cooked by braising and that allows you to use a less expensive piece of beef. This is normally tougher meet that is not suitable for roasting. The typical cut of beef for pot roast is Chuck or shoulder.
Braising comes from the French word brazier. It’s a combination of cooking techniques. First the meat is seared at a high temperature to brown it and then slow cooked, usually with vegetables, to create a moist dish that is infused with the flavours of the ingredients. By braising in a slow cooker the pot roast will fall apart on the plate when served.
You can watch Betty of the Betty’s kitchen as she makes her version of pot roast in a slow cooker. It certainly looks very tasty when it has been laid out on the serving plates, and you could almost smell the gravy made from the cooking juices.
I like Betty’s pot roast recipe because it’s very simple, easy to make and the beef broth and beef comsomme add a nice depth to the flavour.
Chicken Cacciatore by Chef John
In Italian, “Cacciatore” means ” hunter”, and in cuisine a meal that has been cooked “hunter style” is known as “ala cacciatore”.
The classic ingredients for a cacciatore dish are tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, and herbs. Sometimes wine is added and it can be either red or white.
The Italians love their cacciatore and usually make it with either chicken or rabbit. You can vary the recipe by the type of wine added. In the south of Italy a red wine might be added, while in the north a white is more usual.
You can cook a cacciatore with chicken on the stove top or in the oven. But I prefer to let it slow cook in – guess what – a slow cooker!
For me, the flavours develop by the slow cooking over a few hours. I then serve it over pasta, or just with chunks of bread to soak up the juices. You can also try it with a salad, rice or cannelli beans.
This recipe is by Chef John from foodwishes.com. He cooks it in the oven, but it works equally well in your slow cooker
Make a big pot full of chicken cacciatore because it’s great for parties – don’t forget the Chianti, and plenty of it.
I’ve just started using my new slow cooker yesterday (burgundy beef–mmm!) and I’m very happy with it. But I need more recipes! It came with a little recipe booklet, but those recipes look pretty uninspired. Do you have an absolutely great slow cooker recipe you’d be prepared to share with me? Thanks!!
This is a great video showing a very simple way to cook a delicious pot roast in your slow cooker. There are so many different recipes that you can enjoy pot roast with different flavors all the time and never be bored.
Any beef roast however, each cut of beef has it’s own flavor. We prefer chuck roast or a rump roast. Any type potatoes will do and any size carrots are fine. Red onions are sweet whereas yellow or brown onions are not. Either will do. This can be done in a pot on the stove if it’s cover is tight or in oven at 350 degrees for several hours. The lower the temperature the longer it must cook. The slower the cooking time the more tender the beef. Don’t try to get it done quickly so this is good for a cold day to heat the house from the oven. I love my dutch oven which is black cast iron and more than 50 years old. They just don’t wear out.
How simple is this:
Piece of your favorite beef (rump or topside)
Salt and pepper to taste
Small amount of corn starch to thicken the gravy.
Cook on low in your slow cooker for 8-10hr or 4-5 hrs on high.
The meat will just fall apart.
Try adding a few fresh herbs such as Basil or Rosemary
Make your own Vanilla yogurt in a slow cooker. Control the amount & type of sweetener you use in your homemade yogurt. *reducing sugar will not alter texture *use of other sweeteners may alter texture *make small batch to experiment if using a different sweetener (just a suggestion) =)
8 cups milk
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 tbsp vanilla exrtact
Put milk in slow cooker on low for 2.5hrs
Turn off and allow to cool until temp is at 110F
Put 3 cups of the milk into a blender
Turn on and add rest of ingredients
Put lid on and increase speed to mix
Pour mixture back into the slow cooker and stir
Wrap in blanket and store in a warm place for 8 hrs.
Now store your finished yourt in sterilized jars
This Indian Slow Cooker cookbook is highly recommended if you want to cook Indian dishes in your slow cooker. Watch Indian cookbook author Anupy Singla (The Indian Slow Cooker)as she visits Phil Ponce on WTTW’s ‘Chicago Tonight’ to talk about cooking healthy Indian recipes in a Crock-Pot, and also about the Indian cooking spices that make the cuisine so flavorful. (October 6, 2010)
Today, I am going to make my Italian style meatballs in the crock pot. Sometimes I just put them in a baking dish covered with foil and let them bake for a couple hours. Either way they are a great, easy meal that you can make while you are doing other things, like enjoying time with your family!
Here is the recipe you will need to make meatballs my way:
1 to 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef (I used 97% Lean)
1 Pound ground pork or bulk sweet sausage
1 cup fresh breadcrumb ( you can use dry breadcrumb, just soak in ½ cup milk first)
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup Milk
1 teaspoon each of: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Oregano, Thyme, Italian Seasoning – Mrs. Dash
½ Teaspoon of Nutmeg ( It’ll make them go Hmmm, what’s that in there?)
Put all your ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well by hand or power mixer until blended well together and moist. Test how well your mixture will hold it’s shape by rolling a ball. If it is too soft then add more breadcrumbs, or a little more water if it is too stiff. Roll-out your meatballs to the size you require. Here’s a tip, you could always use something like an icecream scoop. If you use a scoop then finish off by hand rolling them.
Now put half your meatballs into the slow cooker and pour over a jar of your favourite Bolognese sauce. But the other half of your meatballs in the slow cooker and cover with another is a jar of Bolognese sauce, stirred to cover.
Now set the heat to high for one hour, then turned to low heat and cook for a further four or five hours.
Serve with fresh baked Italian bread or pasta.