This  post is for my youngest daughter, Cerrin, and my youngest niece, Katrina, or anyone else who needs some of my favorite crockpot dishes. You will notice they are all made from beef. Sorry, but you know who I’m married to – a big beef eater. 

These are very versatile recipes for people like Cerrin who only has an hour or so per week to cook. In addition to versatile, they are inexpensive. Crockpot cooking is slow cooking so you don’t have to have the most expensive cuts of meat. I buy my ground meat in bulk on sale, package and freeze it. Below is how I do Pot Roast. I always buy several when they are on sale. Once meat is cooked it can be packaged flat and doesn’t take up much freezer space. You know I have the world’s smallest freezer and I can still get a month’s worth of meat in there. Get one of these dishes going early on a weekend morning. Later that day you can eat and package up for future meals. So, here are my best beef suggestions:

   CROCKPOT MEATLOAF OR MEATBALLS

This first recipe is Jay’s favorite. He could eat meatloaf every day. Two pounds of meat may sound like a lot but it freezes well. In addition, this also makes good meatballs so sometimes I will cut the slices of meatloaf into little chunks – sort of like square balls. Or you could form the whole thing into little balls and throw in the crockpot. They are great in a spaghetti sauce or in a sweet and sour sauce or bar-b-q sauce or a meatball soup. Use your imagination. 

  • 2 pounds ground meat (use a combo of beef and pork or turkey or sausage)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (it’s OK to use more if you like garlic)
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Mix  all the ingredients together – preferably with your hands. (The flavor of your hands is the secret ingredient. It’s true. John Steinbeck said so in Travels With Charlie.) Plop the meat in the crockpot and shape into a long loaf (or little balls if you want meatballs, or both.) Put on the lid and turn to low. 

Cook for six to eight hours. If you don’t get to it at exactly eight hours it won’t hurt anything. Nine or ten hours is okay. That’s the great thing about crockpots. They will wait until you get there. [I will make a disclaimer here. Know your crockpot well. Use it the first time when you are home. The newer pots sometimes cook too hot, even on low. Just be careful and time your dishes.]

When the food is done turn the crockpot off and let the meatloaf “rest” for five or ten minutes. You can go ahead and fix whatever else you were going to make for dinner. Then take out the meatloaf and slice it and serve.

Here’s my second crockpot recipe. This is really more like “instructions”.

   BEEF POT ROAST

  • 2 to 3 pounds of roast (chuck, rump, whatever kind you like)
  • 1 package of dry onion soup mix
  • 1 can of beer or 1 can of beef broth

Wash off the roast and put in the crockpot. Sprinkle the onion soup mix over the top. Pour beer or broth on the side of the roast. Put on the lid. Turn to low. Go work or play for 8 to 10 hours. [See disclaimer above.]

Turn off crockpot and let roast “rest” for 5 to 10 minutes. Take out and slice up. Now here’s the best part: this can be served in lots of different ways. Here are a few:

  • Sliced and served as is with side dishes
  • Sliced and served on rolls with au jus (the leftover juice in the crockpot)
  • Save the juice and about a cup (or so) of the beef chopped up for soup. Best to do this on top of the stove. Add a couple of peeled, cut up potatoes, cut up carrots, a turnip cut up, more onion if you want – any of your choice of veggies. I usually add a cup of frozen peas and a cup of frozen corn. A little chopped up cabbage is nice too.
  • Take some of the beef and pull it apart with two forks or fingers. Use as the base for soft tacos or in some barbeque sauce.
  • Chop up some of the beef and use to make a chili. Add beans, tomatoes, more onions, hot peppers – whatever you like in your chili

Keep going and you will soon have your own list of dishes that are good to make from pot roast.

My third recipe is one I posted a month or so ago. It’s for CROCKPOT TAMALE PIE. There are lots of ways to make Tamale Pie so this is a good way to use your creativity. Basically tamale pie is a thick chili (a mix of meat and beans, etc.) on the bottom with corn bread on top. If you know how to make a good chili, do that only not too runny. For the cornbread you could just use a Jiffy mix and add things like shredded  cheese and/or chopped hot peppers. Make it however you like it. If you want to follow an exact recipe of mine go here

Now if you are looking for some other amazing ways to use your crockpot, you must go to this website: crockpot365.blogspot.com. This young woman vowed that for the entire year of 2008 she would use her crockpot every single day. I started following her in March and was absolutely fascinated with what she did every day – more than food. She is going to keep the web site going for I don’t know how long. So, go over and check her site out.

I hope this helps you get started. I’ll try pulling together some of my other recipes in the next few weeks – maybe something besides beef. Let me know how everything turns out. Happy cooking.

Advertisements