It seems fitting that my new Tip Tuesday series on essential kitchen items should begin with a slow cooker.
Anyone who knows me or who has read this blog for any length of time knows of my love of my slow cookers. I have two, in fact. Big Bertha (my 7-quart programmable behemoth) and ‘Red (my smaller, saucier 5 quart). I wouldn’t mind having more, however (hint, hint).
It uses almost no electricity (compared to my power-draining oven). When it’s hot in the summer, it keeps the kitchen as cool as possible. The crock insert is its own serving bowl.
On this blog I have already featured several slow cooker recipes.
Crockpot Thai-Peanut Chicken
Apple Cider (Slow Cooker Adaptable, easily)
Chipotle’s Copycat Barbacoa
Biscoff Baked Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker
Crockpot Baked Ziti
Crockpot Cheesy Ravioli Casserole
Crock Pot Creme Caramel Bruleed French Toast
Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
Crock Pot Low-Country Boil
Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Crock Pot Pork Tips and Gravy
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops
Crock Pot Style Gyros
Dr. Pepper Pork Chops
Mom’s Pork Loin
Pizza Meatball Subs
Simple Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork
Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
I’m going to share with you another recipe today that is a reader recommendation: Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from Southern Living. The addition of sausage really makes the recipe. Feel free to substitute ground turkey, chicken, or pork for the beef.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Source Southern Living
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (16-oz.) package ground pork sausage
1/2 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped (I used a whole one.)
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar (I used red wine vinegar.)
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
8 hamburger buns, toasted
I microwaved the onion and bell pepper for two minutes and browned the meats together in a large skillet. I then mixed together all of the ingredients in my crock insert. I cooked on high for four hours.
*The recipe also lists directions for making it only on the stove top if you are pressed for time.
What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?