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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

101 super-easy slow-cooker recipes | review and giveaway

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I may have just reviewed a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, but who says I can't go straight into reviewing another?  That's right!  Here's another review and giveaway (see bottom of post) just for you.  I love this book just as much as the last one...maybe a bit more.

Unlike many of the traditional Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, this is a flat-lay spiral bound full of large color photos - one of each recipe!  If you like pictures in your cookbooks, you'll love this book.  I love the way it's organized as well.  The chapters are divided by cooking time - "1 to 6 Hours," "6 to 8 Hours," "8 to 10 Hours," and "Make-Ahead Meals."  That's so perfect!  I'm always trying to find slow cooker recipes that will fit the amount of time I'll be away, and this takes all of the guess work out of it.  Totally ingenious, Gooseberry Patch!

There's lots of good stuff in here that I've bookmarked - Chipotle-Black Bean Dip, Perfect Pumpkin-Apple Cake, Brunswick Stew, Maple Praline Chicken, and the Easiest Rice Pudding (to name a few - but I've tried three recipes that I'll be sharing with you this week.  Here they are:

Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Beef

This is, hands-down, the best barbacoa beef we've ever had.  Chipotle, watch out!  I can't wait to share this recipe with you because I know you will agree.  Perfectly spicy, this beef needs no barbecue sauce, salsa, or other embellishment - it's just right the way it is.

Split Pea Soup

This soup only has 4 ingredients (peas, ham, carrots, onion), so it's not only easy but also economical.  I love that!  Don't let it's lack of ingredients fool you - it's got great flavor and makes the perfect base to add in other favorites, like bacon, sour cream, or tabasco.  It's also chock full of fiber and has delicious flavor.  Since it feeds a crowd, we froze half of it to enjoy later.  I love soups that are easy to assemble and freeze well.  Is there anything better?

Chicken Cacciatore

This is such a delicious meal!  Once again, not a lot of ingredients, but a lot of flavor.  Like the recipe suggested, I combined all of the ingredients in a freezer ziplock bag and froze it until we were ready.  That made making this dish so easy - just poured the bag into the slow cooker!  This is a great dish that I know will be gracing our table time and again.

I'll be sharing all of these recipes with you over the next few days, but I'm starting with Chicken Cacciatore...


I can't tell you enough just how easy this was to put together.  We didn't add in the optional sherry, and we ate ours with fettucine.  So good!


Chicken Cacciatore
from Gooseberry Patch's 101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. dried basil
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • Optional: 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • cooked spaghetti
  • Garnish: grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients except spaghetti and garnish in a freezer-safe container.  Refrigerate overnight, or freeze until ready to use.

To cook: Thaw chicken mixture overnight in refrigerator if frozen; spoon into a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high setting for one hour.  Turn slow cooker to low setting and cook for 6 to 8 hours more.  Remove lid during last hour of cooking to allow sauce to thicken.  Discard bay leaves.  Serve chicken mixture over spaghetti; garnish servings with Parmesan cheese.  Serves 4.
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14 comments:

  1. Old Fashioned Pot Roast! Always a home run!

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  2. My favorite slow cooker recipe of all time is pulled pork done Eastern North Carolina style! It's vinegary (is that a word?) and spicy! LOVE it!

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  3. An old time one I have been making for over 30 years called Chicken Ole, my go to crock pot dish. Love it

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  4. I love a good chuck roast with brown gravy, onion, potatoes and carrots in the crock pot! Can't beat it.

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  5. tried corned beef in my crock pot, delicious and so easy.

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  6. Yum!! That looks amazing and I'm a huge fan of cookbooks with a picture on each page! My favorite slow cooker recipe is brisket - mmmm ... my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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  7. I love the original Crock Pot recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage. I've made it so many times over the 45 years I've been married. It's always a hit...especially with my son-in-law!!!!

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  8. we love BBQ meatballs in the crockpot

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  9. well, at our house, it's a tie between old fashioned pot roast with potatoes & carrots and chicken parmesan. they're both great. 10750coupons at gmail

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  10. My family's favorite crockpot meal is Crockpot Lasagna. It's simple and delicious!

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  11. Good ole' pot roast, it is just really hard to top!

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  12. So hard to pick just one, but I would have to say my Tavern Sandwiches

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