May 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm
by Jennifer Moncayo
Looking for slow cooker recipes and new ideas for your next family meal? You should join our Slow Cooker Chat on Facebook with our associate food editor Michael Tyrrell. The chat, which now occurs monthly, is a great place for you to discuss and share your best crock-pot recipes with other Family Circle readers. Plus, you get to bounce your ideas and questions off of our resident slow cooking expert Michael. If you missed the last chat, here’s what happened:
Welcome to our Slow Cooker Chat with associate food editor and slow cooking expert, Michael Tyrrell. He’s here to answer all of your questions, share recipes and give slow cooking tips. Please feel free to post your questions for Michael onto our Facebook wall.
Let’s start with: What did you make in your slow cooker this week? How did it turn out?
Elaine: I made Mock Cabbage rolls. Turned out Great. You just cut up cabbage add cooked hamburger, raw rice, canned tomatoes, onions, and spaghetti sauce a lil’ water. YUMMY. You can add whatever else you usually do to your regular cabbage rolls.It tastes the same. Just NOT rolled up, a lot less work. Can also do mock lasagna.
Michael Tyrrell: Elaine, that sounds good. I call that “unstuffed cabbage” and usually do it in a skillet but the slow cooker idea sounds easier. Thanks.
Syreeta: Elaine how long do you cook Mock Cabbage. Sounds great.
Tina: I made a basic bean soup and it came out great! Used 2 beef shanks, a variety of beans (some mashed up which was great because it made it nice and thick) and then it had a little bit of water, onions, celery, and carrots. Today I am making a chicken soup. I like to take a store bought (fully cooked) chicken and use it for a meal or two and then take any remaining meat off and refrigerate the meat. Then make broth in my crock-pot overnight (veggies, water, seasoning). Then strain and add in lots of veggies and the remaining chicken to cook all day. Yum!!!
Michael Tyrrell: Tina, bean soup is one of my fave things to do in the slow cooker. I like ham at X-mas but enjoy the soup made with the bone more than the dinner. Do you use dry beans and do you soak first?
Tina: Michael, yes I rinse then soak the beans. Then I rinse the beans one time and add the veggies. I try to use dried beans mostly because I am restricted on my sodium intake.
Kristie: Made ranch chicken using cream of chicken soup, ranch packet and 4 boneless chicken breasts on top of large slices of white onion. Turned out juicy and oh so good! I used the leftover gravy on mashed potatoes and as a sauce on the side to dip in for my kids. I love less than four ingredient slow cooker meals so I can stay outside with the kids!
Michael Tyrrell: Kristie, I agree about how many great dishes can come out of your slow cooker with a minimum # of ingredients. It’s amazing what a simple bottle of BBQ sauce can do.
Barbara: Kristie, can you PLEASE inbox me the recipe for the Ranch Chicken? I want to try that this weekend. Thanks!!!
Michael Tyrrell: Kristie, or just post it here for everyone. Thanks.
Michelle: Want to know the recipe for Ranch Chicken too!! Please post!
Sarah: I would love the ranch chicken recipe too!
Amy: I made the Carolina Slow Cooker Shredded Port last night. It was delicious. My only thought is I will double the sauce recipe so that I have some of the sauce for after it is cooked. The sauce from the crock pot was a little on the thin side.
Michael Tyrrell: Amy, I am glad you enjoyed the Carolina pulled pork from our May issue. Good idea to double the sauce. If you want it thicker the next time you could take the pork out and cook it down a little. That style of pulled pork generally has a thin sauce.
Amy: I think I have a new favorite in my house because my husband sent me a text message this morning saying how good dinner was last night.
Michael Tyrrell: Amy, I like that type of leftover over rice as well.
Family Circle: Here’s the recipe for Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches from the May cover.
Amy: I plan on taking the leftover meat and making it into a pulled pork quesadilla.
Family Circle: Hi Amy, here are some slow cooker recipe ideas for Mexican-inspired meals.
Chelsea: BBQ chicken: 3-4 chicken breast covered with sweet baby ray bbq sauce/ mixed with brown sugar. After about 3 hours, pull chicken apart a bit, then continue cooking for about another hour. Shred and serve on a roll. The chicken should be really moist and fall apart. I toast the roll and add cheese and a little onion.
Chelsea: Salsa chicken: a few chicken breasts covered with a large jar of Pace salsa. Chop up for burrito or taco filling, so yummy!!
Michael Tyrrell: Chelsea, as I said earlier in the chat so many easy recipes for slow cooking that require so few ingredients. Some of your salsa chicken with scrambled sounds good to me as well.
Family Circle: Hi Chelsea, here are some of our slow cooker chicken recipes you might want to try.
Michael Tyrrell: Our blogger, Irina, recently posted a Cuban Black Bean soup that was vegetarian and cooked on Low for 10 hours. Everyone likes recipes that can handle long cooking times. Can anyone share some of their 10 hour -plus cooking time recipes.
Family Circle: Here is the recipe for slow cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup.
Daniela: Korean short ribs…they were great!
Michael Tyrrell: Daniela, did you use a prepared sauce or put together your own?
Daniela: Put it together from scratch. Ginger, brown sugar, molasses, mirin, rice vinegar, garlic, pureed pear and sesame oil. Cooked with ribs on low for 9 -10 hours then pulled out the ribs and thickened with a little corn starch on the stovetop. Served the sauce over the ribs with sesame seeds and scallions. Was a big hit with my husband AND two-year-old.
Robyn: Pot roast, it was so yummy. Do you have any recipes for making oatmeal using steel cut oats?
Family Circle: Hi Robyn, here is our overnight oatmeal recipe.
Kelli: Used it yesterday to make a roast, used stewed tomatoes and onion soup mix. Love smelling dinner when I walk through the door from a day at work.
Family Circle: Slow Cooker Chat continues: What’s the best slow cooker dish you’ve ever made? Tell us in the comments below!
Michael Tyrrell: Krystal, tell us more about the fondue. What kind of cheese?
Krystal: Sorry should have specified Chocolate fondue! I have some going right now! Half and half, mini marshmallows, and Hershey bars!
Michael Tyrrell: Krystal, chocolate fondue sounds good too. What do you dip in it?
Krystal: Fruit, graham crackers, pretzels, rice krispies, my finger pretty much anything.
Jill: Beef stroganoff (except the noodles)
Michael Tyrrell: Jill, Beef stroganoff does well in the slow cooker. What cut of beef did you use and how long did you cook it?
Kristin: Earth-Be-Glad Farm brisket.
Michael Tyrrell: Kristin, I love brisket in the slow cooker. I assume that Earth Be Glad Farm is a brand? Not familiar with it.
Cheryl: Best ever is my short ribs with red wine and shallots. Yummy.
Tammy: Mine would be beef stroganoff as well; another favorite is chicken tortilla soup. I would love Cheryl’s short rib recipe!
Wendy: Sounds good Cheryl, care to share your recipe?
Michael Tyrrell: Cheryl, love short ribs and they can really handle long cooking times.
Family Circle: Hi Tammy, here are some of our slow cooker rib recipes you might want to try.
Michael Tyrrell: Cheryl, I agree with Tammy share your short rib recipe please.
Julie: Wet Burritos
Michael Tyrrell: Julie, tell us more about your wet burritos.
Tiffany: Italian country pork chops. In the slow cooker as we speak.
Michael Tyrrell: Tiffany, give us an idea of what you do with your Italian pork chops. Bone in or boneless?
Family Circle: Hi Tiffany, here are some of our pork recipes for the slow cooker that you might want to try next!
Tiffany: The pork chops are always bone-in. I usually put a flour mixture and flash fry the pork first, then add them to the slow cooker, next the veggies, chicken stock, and diced tomatoes. Some seasonings and 5 hours later, meat falling off the bone deliciousness. Today, however, I’m trying it without the flour mixture.
Julie: Chicken and Dumplings. Tasty and easy.
Michael Tyrrell: Julie, chicken and dumplings always a crowd pleaser. Anything different you do with your dumplings that you can share?
Michelle: I would love the recipe for chicken and dumplings please.
Cathy: Sweet potato chili. Sounds odd, but it was delicious!
Michael Tyrrell: Cathy, potato chili? We need more info on that. Sounds different but easy I bet!
Desiree: My boyfriend makes an amazing green chili in the crock-pot.
Michael Tyrrell: Desiree, chili always works. Let us link you to our chili slideshow on our website for additional inspiration.
Family Circle: Hi Desiree, here are some of our slow cooker chili recipes for more ideas!
Daniela: Moroccan chicken “tagine.” Delicious!
Michael Tyrrell: Daniela, Moroccan chicken tagine sounds good. I bet you serve with couscous!
Family Circle: If you haven’t already, you can download our FREE slow cooker recipe cookbook from our Facebook page! Simply click the brown “15 Slow Cooker Favorites” cookbook tab above (located below the big cover image)!
Marge: Beef stew, and ribs.
Michael Tyrrell: Marge, we have a rib story in out June issue. Let us give you the link.
Family Circle: Hi Marge, here are some of our slow cooker rib recipes.
Catherine: Carolina Pulled Pork from last month issue!! I had to pass that recipe around and everyone LOVED it!!!
Sherlene: I made pork tenderloin in my crock-pot all night long on low for lunch today. 1 small pork tenderloin sliced in thick slices, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 package of dry Ranch dressing powder, and 3 cups of Chicken broth. Pour all the ingredients over tenderloin and cool on Low over night. Serve sauce over rice and hot rolls.
Kate: Cream Cheese Chicken is the BEST. Cut up boneless chicken breast into 1-2 in. cubes. Melt a stick of butter in the slow cooker and add one packet of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix and cubed chicken. Stir well. Cook on low about an hour or two on low until the chicken is done. Then add one block of cream cheese (softened & cubed) and one can of Cream of Chicken soup. Cook for another hour on low. It’s so good, easy & cheap! Great over rice or noodles.
Sam: Ranch pork chops! Yummy.
Michelle: Smoked Sausage Gumbo. It’s delicious!
Deanna: Cheesy potatoes with bacon and sausage links. Even my picky child loved it.
Patricia: Crock-pot chicken and dressing.
Virginia: Lasagna. It’s my husband favorite.
Family Circle: Thanks for joining our Slow Cooker Chat, everyone! Please join our next Slow Cooker Chat on Wednesday, June 20 at 1 PM ET to talk more with our associate food editor and slow cooking expert Michael Tyrrell. Happy slow cooking!
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