Slow Cooker Spare Ribs, Sauerkraut, and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Spare Ribs, Sauerkraut, and Potatoes

The slow cooker is a wonderful tool for helping prepare dinner on a busy weeknight, but most recipes are only for the entrée.  I love this recipe because it’s for a complete meal in the slow cooker that takes care of  itself while I’m at work.  All I need to do is come home and serve it.  Actually, there’s other one step that makes the ribs prettier, but it’s completely optional.

Four simple and delicious appetizer recipes to make in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes

I love my slow cooker.  I add ingredients to the ceramic crock, and when I return,  there’s  a prepared entrée or even a complete meal.  My slow cooker is a life saver on busy weeknights.  Since this is October, a month being referred to as “Crocktober” in certain circles, I decided to share four of Patty Cake’s Pantry’s favorite slow cooker appetizer recipes.   After all, there are many reasons to gather together this month.  In addition to Halloween, there’s football and the World Series

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples is a twist on a traditional German side dish.   At least, hat’s what a German octogenarian told me.  This recipe is our attempt to recreate the dish for her.   We modified the recipe for Red Cabbage and Apples that she described by preparing it in a slow cooker to make it a bit less labor intensive. 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Stuffed Mushrooms

Baker’s Man and I both love my Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, but I was wondering if there was another way to prepare them.    I decided to see if it was possible to create Slow Cooker Stuffed Mushrooms.    The result was wonderful.  It was different than the original version in spite of almost identical ingredients, but it was still delicious.  It’s good to know that if my oven is otherwise occupied, I can make stuffed mushrooms in my slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Chicken and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Stuffed Chicken and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Stuffed Chicken and Potatoes is a simple and delicious recipe for a nearly complete meal from your slow cooker.  A chicken is stuffed and “roasted” in the slow cooker atop a bed of russet potatoes.  The end result is chicken, stuffing, and baked potatoes that are cooked while you’re at work.  All you need to do when you come home is cook a vegetable or throw together a salad.    Slow Cooker Stuffed Chicken and Potatoes allows you to have a fancy Sunday Dinner on a weeknight. 

Slow Cooker Hot Dog and Chili Bar

Slow Cooker Hot Dog and Chili Bar

This is a very simple way to put together food for a group of sports enthusiasts who are hanging out at your home to watch the game.  All you need is a couple of slow cookers and you can put together a buffet bar that features hot dogs, bowls full of chili, and nachos.  It’s simple, and it always impresses your guests. 

Roasted chicken from a crok pot

“Roasted” Chicken from the Slow Cooker

This is one of the simplest ways to prepare a chicken.  Stick a whole seasoned chicken in the crockpot in the morning and turn it on low.   Eight  hours later, you return home to a delicious, juicy, fall of the bone chicken.  My chicken has cooked as long as 10 hours with no problem.  Add a salad and some potatoes or rice, and you have a complete meal.    If you don’t want to eat the chicken right away, the meat can be removed from the bones, and shredded to be used to make chicken salad, enchiladas, and added to soup.  […]

barbecued chicken on a plate

Freezer Marinated Barbecued Chicken

This is a simple and delicious chicken recipe that I make frequently.  The process is very simple, and the final product is very tasty.  I prefer using boneless chicken breasts when I cook it on the stove and bone in pieces when I make it in the crockpot. This recipe is versatile because it can be cooked immediately, but if you want to do this ahead, all of the ingredients can be placed into a zip top bag and stored in the freezer then thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours before beginning with the cooking process.  (Sauteing the onions […]

ribs and potatoes

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs

These ribs require that you start the process a day ahead, but they are so delicious that it’s worth the extra time required.    This recipe is adapted from a recipe that I originally found at Men’s Health.  I would link back, but I can’t find the recipe.  I think they must have removed it.  I’ve been searching since I posted my pressure cooker rib recipe a few months ago.  If anyone finds the recipe, please leave the link in a comment below.  I would really appreciate it. Before I begin with my description of the process, I have a confession to […]

Slow Cooker Post Roast and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Potatoes

Regular visitors to this site might remember my review of the complete pork chop dinner in a crock pot.   My vegetables were over cooked, the pork chops were dry, but the sweet potatoes were delicious.   In my summary, I said I would experiment with potatoes in the crock pot and that next time, I would try using a pork roast instead of chops.   I still hadn’t tried that experiment, but  I knew that I was going to have a very busy day today.    I decided to  make my favorite three ingredient pot roast in the crock pot and try […]