Thursday, November 02, 2006

I Just Can't Help Myself...I Had To Do It!

This post is in dedication to a very special dear friend who is close to my heart! For a change, I thought I would give you some one-pot recipes...crockpot cooking. Although, I don't have a crockpot and have never used one, I know they are very handy to those of you who work long, hard hours and have no inclination to prepare a meal when you arrive home after a tedious day. I hope that these give you some helpful ideas, and when you prepare and eat them, you will think of me!

Chicken Cordon Bleu: Grab 6 chicken breasts and pound them! Lay a slice of ham/proscuitto or pancetta on each pounded, flattened breast together with a slice of Swiss cheese on each. Roll up and secure with toothpicks. Roll in seasoned flour. Place about a 1lb of sliced mushrooms and 1/2 cup chicken broth in bottom of crockpot together with some sliced onion and some crushed garlic. Layer the rolled chicken on top in such a way that the cheese won't drip out while cooking. Pour over 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup and sprinkle over some grated Parmesan cheese. Cover and heat for 6-7 hours or whatever time suits your personal requirements. Serve over rice.

Crockpot Cajun Ribs:
Place 2 cups chopped or sliced carrots, 1 large onion, chopped, crushed garlic, 1 large pepper/capsicum, cut into pieces and two teaspoons Cajun seasoning into pot. Mix well. Cut 4lbs pork or beef ribs into individual ribs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning over the ribs and place on top of the vegetables in the crockpot. Pour one can of crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes, over the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7 or so hours. Thicken the sauce at the end of cooking with a little cornstarch/cornflour mixed with water, if you like.

BBQ-Spicy Chicken Wings: Place 5lb (2kg) chicken wings, tips removed into crockpot. Combine 12oz chilli (chili for those who can't spell! Hahaha) sauce, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons molasses (or golden syrup or honey), 2 tsp chilli powder, 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, salt to taste if required and crushed garlic. You can change the quantities around to suit your taste. Mix together well and pour over chicken wings making sure all are well-coated. Cook on low 6-8 hours. You probably have your own barbecue sauce/marinate that you it will work well in this recipe.

South-Western Chilli Chicken: Put 2 cans of rinsed red kidney beans in bottom of crockpot. Add 2 cans corn niblets. Sprinkle over some chilli powder to suit your taste. Chop 5 large chicken breasts and place on top of corn and beans. Pour in two cans of whole tomatoes. Sprinkle with some more chilli powder. Add one chopped onion last of all. Cover and cook on High for 6 hours or to whatever and temperature that suits your needs.

I hope you have some fun with around with them, add or deduct whatever you wish.


  1. Anonymous2:28 AM

    An 18 ft python eh? Rather large for my liking but at least it would anchor the doona!

    Thanks for the recipes. I have a crockpot and wouldn't be without it! My first try will be the Cajun ribs as I love Cajun food - it's the spices, mmmmmm.

    Keep well, Lee and stay away from randy pythons! lol

  2. The Chicken Cordon Bleu would be the first one I'd try....yummmmy!! Thanks so much for sharing these recipes...I have a crock pot that I'm afraid I've used very seldom so now would be a good time to take it out and make some use of it:-) Have a wonderful day Lee!!

  3. I happen to know that the proper spelling is:

    Woursterchestershirester Sauce

    When will you danged Aussies learn how to spell?

    I second the Chicken Cordon Bleu vote. I'm going to do that one when I get home later this month.

  4. I have been meaning to buy a crock pot...really. I love these dishes and now I have a reason :)

  5. Seems I've hit the right button with the crockpot recipes! ;) I hope you do all enjoy them.

    I will write the story of the python in my blog soon, so you will hear the whole tale (pun intended!), Robyn!

    Pea...I'm glad I've given you a reason to dust off that crockpot of will thank you for that! :)

    Scorpy...sorry for making you go out and spend money but I've been told you will thank me for it! :)

    Don...what can I say? My spelling is atrocious...back to the classroom for me! ;)

  6. Chicken chilli, now your down to my speed. I'm lost if I have to open more than three cans in a recipe. This will be great to enjoy with a cold beer. Or maybe a few.

  7. Hi there, gtotracker...nice to see you. I don't mind a bit of the old chilli myself! These are all simple and easy recipes and I'm sure you will have no trouble at all with them. Just spend extra time perusing them over a few beers! ;)

  8. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Gidday Lee, I hope you don't mind but I cut and paste your yummy recipes into a e-mail that I've sent to some friends as I'm sure they will "give them a go". I always find "it a pain" to follow food instructios so I usually just do whatever takes my fancy and "throw in" whatever I'm in the mood to use. Something like a "mix and match" and it usually turns out okay.

  9. I don't mind at all, my guest! I'm pleased to hear you enjoy them. :)

    I rarely follow recipes either. I read through them often...and I have a million recipe books (not a terribly over-blown exaggeration, either!) They are good for gleaning ideas from and I find them very interesting. They are a good teaching and learning tool.