So I’ve been working off of the same article with recipe suggestions for the last month and a half (which you can find at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/26/slow-cooker-recipes_n_1029031.html). I’ll give you guys and gals a run down and short blurb about each one of the past recipes from this list (I’m sorry, but I have yet to be able to track down recipes prior to this list). When that’s done, I’ll start doing “What’s In My Crock Pot” and “How Did It Turn Out”.
French Onion Soup (http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/09/crockpot-french-onion-soup/): This was fantastic on a cold day. I used baby swiss slices, I used a whole bottle of Santa Fe Nut Brown beer, and I used a couple beef bullion cubes, adding 64oz water just before cooking, in lieu of beef stock. Also, because I was freezing, I forewent the carmelization process, instead just dividing the ingredients between two gallon bags and ultimately just thawing and tossing into the crock pot.
Honey Garlic Chicken (http://www.justataste.com/2013/09/slow-cooker-crock-pot-honey-garlic-chicken-recipe/): I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, so this went a bit differently. I simply cut the breasts into large cubes (2-2.5″) and added all the ingredients to the bag. This recipe, as I did it, was pretty good, but nothing great (likely because I negated some steps).
Carne Asada Nachos (http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/09/crockpot-carne-asada-nachos/): This one I did not freeze, just made it as is. I did change it up a bit by using a whole bottle of beer (Santa Fe Nut Brown). This was a great recipe, though the guac was not the best.
Italian Turkey Meatballs (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/11/crock-pot-italian-turkey-meatballs.html): Great meatballs, but they were a touch watery when I froze them, so they ended up frozen around some of the bars in the freezer. It was a struggle getting them off, but worth it – for both the meatballs and the lesson.
Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze (http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012/12/beef-tenderloin-recipe-balsamic-glaze.html): I didn’t follow this recipe very well, I used pork tenderloin, and I chose to not sear it prior. I put it in the crock pot, covered it with the remaining ingredients, and cooked it on low for about 9 hours. Given the fact that I did not get a bite of it that night, I’d say it was a hit.
Maple Bacon Beer Baked Beans (http://thebeeroness.com/2014/06/04/slow-cooker-baked-maple-beer-beans/): I followed this recipe exactly and it fell flat for me. After the recommended cooking time, the beans (despite having been soaking in water for over 24 hours) were not cooked. We cooked it overnight, and though the flavor was good, the beans just never worked. I will definitely try this again, but perhaps with canned beans instead of raw.
Creamy Mac and Cheese (http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/05/16/creamy-crock-pot-macaroni-and-cheese/): This recipe was, indeed, creamy and quite delicious, but it was a bit bland for my tastes and the portion was huge. Make sure the noodles are well cooled before adding to the freezer bag! I will definitely make this again (especially since my kiddo is always asking for it!).
Carnitas (http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/crispy-slow-cooker-carnitas/): These were a huge hit, despite the fact that I did not crisp them up or sear it. Great recipe!
BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken with Cheddar Corn Popovers (http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crockpot-bbq-beer-pulled-chicken-cheddar-corn-popovers/): Fantastic for those days where you want to do a bit of baking. The popovers ended up gone before the chicken did, but they were great together.
Sweet & Spicy Ribs (http://www.eatliverun.com/sweet-spicy-crock-pot-ribs/): I can not say anything bad about this recipe. It was astounding and astoundingly simple. Heaven.
Coconut Ginger Chicken and Vegetables (http://www.simplebites.net/coconut-ginger-chicken-vegetables-slow-cooker/): This was a promising recipe that I think I slightly screwed up by adding canned mixed veggies. Do yourself a favor and make this with a frozen stir-fry veggie blend. It’ll be awesome.
Chicken and Sausage Stew (http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/14569/): Delicious. One of the best snowy day stews I have ever had.
So that’s it on the backlog!