Crock pots are a must-have kitchen utensil. They are affordable, readily accessible, and extremely valuable. If you know how to use one, you’ll be surprised that you can make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even your favorite desserts using a crock pot!
Here’s a list of the everyday foods you can prepare using your slow cooker in the kitchen.
1. Roasted Chicken
Craving moist, crispy chicken? Bust out your slow cooker right now!
When cooked in a crock pot, the chicken absorbs all the liquid and becomes juicy and tender. It also gets a crispy skin if you put it in the broiler for just a few more minutes in the end. You can upgrade this recipe by adding in noodles. This will give a nice twist to your recipe; from being simply roasted chicken, you will have chicken noodles to enjoy!
If you’re a sucker for granola, try cooking it in a slow cooker. It’s a great alternative to making it in the oven. To enjoy crunchy granola, set the slow cooker to high and cook, making sure to stir every 30 minutes until crisp and golden-brown.
To make the dish more flavorsome, you can add in your favorite ingredients such as nuts, dried fruits, honey, fresh fruits, etc.
3. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes make for a hearty sideline and a yummy meal on its own. It is mostly a favorite on Thanksgiving table, so for a festive special, make the potato-based dish using a slow cooker.
Cook the peeled and squashed potatoes in the pot and stir in milk, butter, and garlic. Slow cook it until the mashed potatoes are warm and soft.
This is another crock pot recipe you should try. The taste of curry becomes twice better when cooked leisurely in a crock pot.
The curry recipes to cook in a slow cooker are endless – from simple red lentil curry to Asian chicken Thai to exotic vegetable curry and many more!
5. Pot Roast
This classic braised beef dish is an all-time favorite crock pot recipe. Chuck steak or short ribs are cooked until they turn brown and juicy.
Served smothered in gravy and fresh vegetables, pot roast makes for a wholesome and fulfilling dinner at any time of the year.
They can be made using chicken too!
Slow-cooked meatballs stuffed with cheese or potatoes is loved by both kids and adults alike. While it may take some time to cook the meatballs at a perfect temperature, the wait will be worth it nonetheless. Make sure to serve meatballs with hot sauce and rice/bread.
These are six of the best foods to make in your crock pot. You can also cook soup, ribs, stew, salmon, dumplings, and the list goes on and on!