These Recipes have
been copied with permission from the Better Times
Almanac of Useful Information, 5th Edition
Bob Waldrop, founder The Oscar Romero Catholic
One of life's most useful pleasures in the kitchen
is the faithful crockpot. Load it up as you head out
to work, open it up for dinner. Much less bother and
much better tasting not to mention much more
nutritious than fast food. Crockpot cooking recipes
courtesy of Diana Rattrary, Southern US cuisine
editor, at About.com, used with permission. Several
of these recipes call for cans of soup. Remember
that 2 -3 cups of gravy or some other kind of sauce
can substitute for cans of creamed soups in recipes.
Use more gravy if (for example) the recipe calls for
a can of soup plus a can of water or milk.
Apple Brown Betty
3 lbs. cooking apples | 10 slices of bread, cubed (4
cups) | 1/2 tsp. cinnamon | 1/4 tsp. nutmeg |
1/8 tsp. salt | 3/4 c. brown sugar | 1/2 c. butter,
Wash apples, peel, core, cut into eighths; place in
bottom on crock. Mix bread cubes, spices, salt,
sugar, butter; toss together. Place on top of apples
and cover. Cook on low setting 2 to 4 hours. Makes 6
to 8 servings.
Baked Beans from dried beans
1 lb dried white beans | 4-1/2 cups Water or Stock |
1/3 cup Molasses | 1/4 cup Brown sugar |1 Onion,
1/4 lb Salt pork or ham, |1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
| 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Rise beans, in crock pot, combine all ingredients.
Cover and cook on low 13 to 14 hrs., stirring
occasionally if possible. 6 to 8 servings.
BBQ Beans from canned beans
2 lg.cans pork & beans | 1 cup brown sugar | 2 med.
onions, chopped | 1 bell pepper, chopped | 1 lb.
bacon | 1 small bottle BBQ sauce
Empty beans into slow cooker. Add brown sugar,
onions, pepper and BBQ sauce. Fry bacon until crisp.
Drain on paper to remove excess grease. Cut into
small pieces and add to bean mixture. Cook on low
for 2 to 4 hours.
1-1/2 cups Northern beans, soaked overnight and
drained | 4 cups water | 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
| Salt and pepper to taste |
2 med. potatoes, diced |2 carrots, shredded | 2
small onions, chopped | 1/2 to 1 cup diced ham
Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Stir. Cook on
low 8 to 10 hours. Adjust seasonings. Serves 4.
Broccoli & Cheese Soup
Chopped frozen broccoli | 2 cups cooked noodles | 3
tbsp. chopped onions | 2 tbsp. butter |
1 tbsp. flour | 2 cups shredded cheese | Salt to
taste | 5-1/2 C. milk
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir well.
Cook on low for 4 hours. 8 servings.
2 cans (16 oz) whole kernel corn, drained | 2 to 3
medium potatoes, chopped | onion, chopped |
1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper | 2 cups chicken broth | 2
cups milk | 1/4 cup butter
Combine first 6 ingredients in crock pot. Cover and
cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Puree in a blender or
food processor, if desired, then return to pot. Stir
in milk and butter; cook on high about 1 hour more.
Serves 6 to 8.
Bachelor's Easy Stew
Stew meat or hamburger | 1 can Carrots, drained | 2
small Potatoes | 4 Cubes beef bouillon | 1
tablespoon Italian herbs | 2 cups water
Brown meat, cube potatoes, put all ingredients in
the crockpot. Add water and turn on crock pot on LOW
for 8 to 9 hours. Thicken with a mixture of flour
and a little cold water, if desired. Taste and
adjust seasonings. Serve with biscuits. You can use
2 cups stock instead of bouillon.
Chris' Crock Pot Dressing
8-inch pan cornbread | 8 slices day old bread,
toasted and cubed | 4 eggs | 1 med. onion | 1/2 c.
chopped celery | 2 tsp. sage or poultry seasoning |
1/2 tsp. black pepper | 2 tbsp butter | 2 cans cream
of chicken soup or 2-1/2 cups gravy
Lightly grease crock pot. Crumble cornbread into
mixer bowl. Add all ingredients except butter. Pour
into crockpot, dot top with butter. Cook on high 2
hours or on low 3-4 hours. You can add crushed red
pepper or sauteed sliced jalapeno peppers to spice
it up a bit. Add or reduce amount of liquid to get
the consistency you like.
Green Chile Grits
2 cups regular grits | 6 cups water or stock | 1/2
teaspoon paprika | 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt | 4 to 6
oz chopped mild green chile |
dash cayenne | 1 or more jalapeno chiles, finely
Combine all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on
low for 6 to 9 hours or on high 2 to 3 hours,
stirring occasionally. If cooking on high add 1/4 to
½ cup more water if too thick. Similar to polenta,
you serve right away or you can refrigerate the
mixture in a buttered loaf pan for a few hours or
overnight, unmold, slice (½ inch thick), and fry in
butter until browned. Serves about 8
Ground Beef & Potato Meal
1-1.2 lb. ground beef | 1 large clove garlic | 1/4
tsp. pepper | 1/2 tsp. thyme | 6 med. potatoes |
2 large onions | 1 can cream of mushroom soup | 1/2
Cook ground beef and garlic in skillet until lightly
browned. Stir in pepper and thyme. Peel and slice
potatoes and onions. Put ½ potatoes and onions into
buttered crock pot. Add browned beef and top with
remaining potatoes and onions. Mix mushroom soup
with water and spread over top of contents. Cover.
Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 3 to 4
5 cups yellow squash, canned or frozen, or cooked
and mashed | 1/2 cup melted butter |
1 can cream of chicken soup | 2 slices cubed bread |
1 cup sour cream
Place squash in slow cooker with butter and cook for
1 hour. Add soup as it comes from the can, and cook
until hot. Add bread and sour cream and cook until
Red Beans and Rice
1 pound small dried red beans, soaked overnight and
drained | 1 onion, chopped | 3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste | 6 cups hot cooked rice |
1 C chopped green onions | 1 ham bone, cracked
Place beans in crock pot and add remaining
ingredients, except rice and green onions, with
1-1/2 quarts water. Cover and cook on high 2 hours.
Turn heat to low and cook, covered, 10 to 12 hours.
Remove ham bone and mash some of the beans against
the side of the pot to thicken the remaining liquid.
Remove meat from bone and return meat to pot. Season
with salt, pepper and serve with rice, topped with
Crock Pot Rice Pudding
2-1/2 C cooked rice | 1-1/2 c. scalded milk | 2/3 c.
white or brown sugar | 3 eggs, beaten | 1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vanilla | 1 tsp. cinnamon | 1 tsp. nutmeg |
1/2 c. raisins | 3 tbsp. soft butter
Combine all ingredients. Pour into lightly greased
crock pot. Cook on high 1 to 2 hours. Stir during
first 30 minutes. Recipe can be doubled.
Split Pea Soup
3-1/2 cups. dried split peas| 1 cup Carrots, diced
in half inch sections | 1 cup Onion, finely chopped
| 1/2 cup Parsnip; peeled and diced (optional) | 1/2
cup Celery, chopped |1 teaspoon Dried thyme | 1/2
teaspoon Salt | 1/2 teaspoon Pepper | 6 cups stock |
large Smoked ham hocks | Garnish: Garlic croutons,
In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine everything
except ham hocks and garnish. Add ham hocks,
submerging them in mixture. Cover; cook on low heat
setting for 8 to 9 hours., until peas are very soft.
Remove ham hocks; skim fat from surface of soup.
Trim fat from hocks. Cut meat from bones and shred;
stir into soup. Ladle into 6 bowls. Garnish each
serving with garlic croutons and parsley.
Alternatives to Crock Pots
A solar oven can be made from cardboard boxes and
insulated non electric cooker
is a box or barrel big enough that at least four
inches of insulating material can be packed on all
sides, top and bottom, of a covered pot placed
inside the container. This method works best with
recipes with liquid (soups, stews, beans, etc). Heat
the food to boiling, cover and place in the
insulating cook pot (lining the inside of the outer
container with aluminum foil helps retain heat.)
This should be good for about 3 hours of cooking.
"Insulating material" could be hay, straw, cloth,
newspapers, sawdust, etc.) If the recipe will take
more than 3 hours, after the third hour take the pot
out of the box and heat it to boiling again,
replacing it in its nest of insulation in the cook