Crock pot is a type of slow cooker that has heating elements around the rim of the pot. The pot is made of three parts - housing, the crock and the lid. The housing part is made with either plastic or alloy and has an aluminum lining that encases the heating elements. The crock is placed inside the housing; the crock is usually made of a crockery pot where you can place the food. We bring you a few simple Crockpot recipes - recipes that make for delicious one dish meals.
Advantages of a crock pot
Crockpots are great cooking appliances as they enable easy cooking and also have scores of other benefits.
Additional appliance: While hosting a party you can use the crock pot for making slow cooking dishes and thus free some space on the cook top or oven.
Prevents burning of food: As the heat generated from the heating coils is very low, chances of food getting burnt is very bleak.
Time saver: You can place the food to be cooked for dinner right in the morning while leaving for work and come back home for a hearty meal.
Lesser utensils to be cleaned: Number of utensils to be cleaned is reduced as a single pot serves the purpose.
Improves flavor: As the food is cooked for a long time on a low flame, the flavor improves.
Crockpot cooking tips
Crock pot recipes
Chicken paprika recipe
Potatoes 4 cups, thinly sliced
Onions 4 cups, thinly sliced
Chicken breasts 8 boneless and skinless cut in half
Chicken broth 1 cup
Virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons
Salt and pepper
Layer the crock pot with onion, potatoes and chicken. Sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle little oil and repeat the same thrice. Add broth, cook on high for 6-8 hours.
Easy dinner Crockpot recipe
Cooked brown rice 3 cups
Black pepper coarsely ground
Heat oil in crock pot on high. Add crushed garlic. Stir and simmer. Slice onion into large pieces and add into the into crock pot. Slice the white ends of the leeks into 1/4 inch rounds. Throw away the green tops and mix into crock pot. Cut green pepper into large pieces and stir into crock pot. Chop potatoes with the skin on. Stir in potatoes, carrots, beans broth, chili powder, salt and pepper into the crock pot.
Blend all the ingredients well. Cover and cook until potatoes are done. You can cook for 3 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. Serve red beans over rice.
Crock pot cooking recipe tips