Cheddar Bay's
Crockpot Recipes

Most of us have a time saving appliance sitting in our kitchen and never use it. What is it? It's the crockpot! But once you try it, you'll be AMAZED at how easy they can make your life!

As Steve Irwin would say ...

Okay, so maybe he meant a different kind of "croc" ... but the message is still the same!

Life is so hectic these days, and if you work until five o'clock, who feels like coming home and feeling like putting a meal together?! Usually, we just end up stopping off for fast food or ordering a pizza. But with a crockpot, you can have a warm, healthy meal for your family with very little effort.

The basics of the meal are prepared in the morning before leaving for work. Then at dinnertime, just throw together some side dishes, a salad and some rolls. OR ... invest in TWO crockpots and have the sides in one, while the main dish is in the other! They're completely safe to leave on low heat while you're gone all day. And the real bonus is the incredibly aroma that greets you when you come home after a long, hard day!

Here are some of my favorite crock-pot recipes ...

CROCKPOT CHICKEN 'n DUMPLINGS

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1/4 c. onion, finely diced
2 c. water
2 10 oz packages refrigerated biscuits
1 chicken bouillon cube

Combine all ingredients, except biscuits, in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. 30 minutes before serving, tear biscuit dough into 1-inch pieces. Add to your slow cooker; stirring gently. Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes or until biscuits are fluffed up and cooked through.

CROCKPOT CHICKEN STROGANOFF

6 boneless chicken breasts
16 oz sour cream
1 can cream of Mushroom soup
1 package Lipton´┐Żs Onion Soup mix

Mix all together and put into crockpot. Cook on low for 4 -6 hours. Or until chicken is tender. Serve over cooked noodles or rice.

KONA CHICKEN IN A CROCKPOT

3 lbs chicken, cut up
1/2 c. green onions, chopped
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. white wine
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. honey

Place chicken in your slow cooker. Mix together onions, soy sauce, wine and water. Pour over top of chicken. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender (3 to 5 hours). Remove chicken from slow cooker. Brush with honey and place in broiler. Broil until golden brown, brushing with honey several times. Serve with sauce from slow cooker.

BROWN SUGAR CHICKEN

2 lbs. boneless chicken pieces
1 c. packed brown sugar
2/3 c. vinegar
1/4 c. lemon lime soda
2-3 T. minced garlic
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. black pepper

Place chicken pieces in your slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the top of chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with rice. Yields 4 servings.

GARLIC LIME CHICKEN

2 lbs. boneless chicken pieces
1 c. packed brown sugar
2/3 c. vinegar
1/4 c. lemon lime soda
2-3 T. minced garlic
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. black pepper

Place chicken pieces in your slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the top of chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with rice. Yields 4 servings.

CROCKPOT BEEF & GRAVY

2 lbs. stew beef
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 c. flour
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. onion powder
4 tablespoons oil
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 c. water
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. soy sauce

Cut stew beef into cubes. Combine flour, salt, pepper, paprika & onion powder. Coat beef cubes with flour mixture. Brown beef in 4 tablespoons oil & place in crock-pot. Pour the remaining ingredients over beef in crock-pot. Stir. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

OLD-FASHIONED BAKED BEANS

1 small package navy beans
4 T. granulated sugar
2 scant tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. powdered mustard
1/2 c. molasses
1 (2 to 3 oz.) piece salt pork
1 med. peeled whole onion

Soak beans overnight. In a.m. drain and replace water. Parboil 10 to 15 minutes (not longer). Place onion in crock pot. Drain beans and put on top of onion. Add flavors dissolved in 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Add enough hot water to just cover top of beans. Place salt pork on top. Cover and set crock pot on high. Bring volume of water up about every 3 hours. Cook 6-7 hours.

CHEESE AND POTATO CASSEROLE

2 lb. pkg. frozen hash brown potatoes (partially thawed)
2 (10 oz.) cans cheddar cheese soup
1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 can French fried onion rings
Salt and pepper

Combine above ingredient and pour into greased crockpot and salt & pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or high for 4 hours. Sprinkle other 1/2 onion rings of top before serving.

CREAMED CROCKPOT CORN

3 or 4 pkg. frozen corn, cooked
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 stick butter
2 T. sugar

Cook on low in crockpot for 3 or 4 hours.

THREE BEAN CASSEROLE

1 lg. can kidney beans
1 lg. can pork and beans
1 lg. can lima beans
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. mustard
1/2-1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 strips bacon, fried and crumbled
1 tsp. liquid smoke

Brown ground beef and onion. Mix all ingredients in a crockpot (slow cooker). Cook all day on slow, or 1/2 day on high. You may also cook in the oven for 1/2 hour at 350 degrees.

HOT MULLED CIDER

1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 tsp. whole cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of ground nutmeg
3 inches stick cinnamon
2 qt. apple juice
Orange slices

Mix all ingredients together. Heat and serve in crockpot.

HOT CITRUS CIDER

2 qts. apple cider
3 c. water
1 (6 oz) can frozen orange and pineapple juice
1/2 c. light molasses
4 inch stick cinnamon
1 tsp. whole cloves
Apple slices

Put all ingredients except apples in dutch kettle. Bring to simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to crockpot on low and top with apple slices. Serve as needed. May be topped with whipped topping in mugs.



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