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Collection of crock pot recipesDon't overlook the slow cooker as being just as valuable a kitchen tool as your stove or oven. While it's long been recognized as an ideal way to cook roasts and stews, it can do so much more - and we'll show you how.

Our recipe collection will let you bake bread, fix breakfast, and even make a cake in your crock pot (in addition to all the tasty dinner and side dish recipes).


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featured crock pot recipe

Mushroom Wild Rice

Mushrooms and a combination of brown and wild rice are slow cooked in a rich broth made from beef consomme and French onion soup.

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recent crock pot recipes

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    Ranch Mushrooms

    Just three ingredients in this popular crock pot recipe: fresh mushrooms, butter, and ranch salad dressing mix. You'll be surprised by how delicious these mushrooms are and how simple they are to make in your crock pot.

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    Easter Ham

    Not overly sweet, not overly salty, this crock pot ham recipe is ideal for Easter or any time. Bonus: clean up is a breeze!

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today's top 10 crock pot recipes

Chicken And Noodles
Made with egg noodles, chicken broth, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cream of chicken soup

Colonial Hot Buttered Rum
A classic holiday drink made in the crock pot. This version of hot buttered rum is made with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, rum, and topped with whipped cream.

Homemade Chili
A simple chili recipe made with ground beef, tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste, chili powder, and topped with cheddar cheese.

Pork Chops In Cream Of Mushroom Soup
Pork chops are slow cooked in the soup which makes a flavorful (and easy!) gravy.

Bayou Gumbo
Sausage, shrimp, okra and rice provide all the great flavors of a classic Louisiana style gumbo in this recipe but with the ease of the crock pot.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, ground black pepper, artichokes, fresh spinach, tortilla chips

Ranch Mushrooms
Made with Ranch salad dressing mix, butter, mushrooms

Split Pea Comfort Soup
Resist the urge to stir this recipe. Let it cook until everything is tender and you'll have the most wonderful soup.

Baby Back Ribs
These ribs were simply the BEST! I don't know why I ever hesitated to cook them in my slow cooker! The cut I used was a 3-lb Pork Loin Baby Back Ribs. The recipe is super easy and they came out so tasty, fall off the bone GOOD! My husband said that I could make these for dinner anytime that I wanted! -CHITA64

Budget Cube Steak
Not only was the easy but so delicious that my kids asked for seconds. I have been looking for a good recipe for cubed steak and this is it. THANK YOU! -MY BOY'S MOM

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Oven Or Stovetop High Temp
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15-30 minutes1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours4 - 8 hours
35-45 minutes3 - 4 hours6 - 10 hours
50 minutes - 3 hours   4 - 6 hours8 - 16 hours

Cooking times will also vary by how full your crock pot is, how dense the ingredients are, and the temperature of the foods when you add them.

crock pot 101

1) A properly working crock pot uses as about as much electricity and resources as a light bulb - making it more economical than using your stove! It also won't heat up your kitchen in the summer months.

2) Place vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and place meat on top. Fresh vegetables like carrots and potatoes take the longest to cook. Frozen vegetables may be placed on top of meat as they usually do not take as long.

3) Crock pot cooking times listed with the recipes are guidelines - actual cooking times may vary based on the brand of crock pot, size, amount of liquid or food, ingredient temperatures, etc. Certain brands cook at a much higher temperature than others. Get to know your crock pot so you can adjust times accordingly.

4) The crock pot should be filled 2/3rds full when cooking for best results. Scale recipes up or down to fit your size crock pot.

5) Make sure the lid fits snuggly. Crock pots create extra steam inside to keep foods moist. If the lid lets that steam out your food may dry out or even burn.

6) Do not put large pieces of frozen meat (such as whole chickens or roasts) in the crock pot. They will not heat evenly and dangerous bacteria can form in a short amount of time.

slow cooking advice and articles

The benefits of crock pot cooking

Sarah shares a little history of slow cooking and why it has become her go-to appliance in the kitchen.
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No Kitchen? Try the Slow Cooker

Pam shares tips on how handy a slow cooker can be when you don't have a traditional kitchen available to you.
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These New Crockpots Are Hot . . . Literally

Do you find that some recipes don't work as expected in your crock pot? This article tells you how crockpots have changed over the years and yours might be cooking too "hot".
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