When you hear the words comfort food what do you think of? Cheesy, warm, sweet, salty, ooey, gooey, soothing, and delicious come to my mind. As a mom I am sure you have a few comfort food recipes up your sleeve that your family will devour and go back for more every time.
You can get the result of all day homemade cooking in this busy day and time with a crock pot. You know, that round ceramic pot with a lid and a cord caked in dust in the back of your cabinet. Yup, that one. Crock Pots need little to no supervision. Making your meals easy and carefree.
Let me introduce you to a few bloggers and their spectacular recipes for carefree crock pot comfort food. Once you start using this handy appliance you might wonder why you waited so long to pull it out.
Apple Pear Delight
Nothing starts the day off right like a nice warm breakfast. Apple Pear Delight is similar to a cobbler or Apple Brown Betty. Using your crock pot for your morning meal makes everything so easy. You can put this recipe together before you go to bed and then turn it on warm. The smell you will wake up to will make this a family favorite for sure. Take note of the homemade crock pot granola used in this recipe as well. Who knew breakfast could be so simple and delicious?
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
I make these meatballs for my family often. The author used these as appetizers for Sunday football. I normally serve them over rice or pasta. I usually end up with more sauce than this recipe seems to make because I more than double the ingredients. The chili sauce needed in the recipe is usually in the grocery aisle with the cocktail sauce.
Cheesy Crock Pot Meatloaf
You can’t have an article on comfort food without meatloaf right? This recipe combines the old standby with one of the foods that makes it all better; cheese. My theory is add cheese to your dish and the crowd (or the kids) goes wild. Just imagine the smell wafting through the air in your neighborhood of home cooked meatloaf. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about it being under-cooked or drying out when you use your crock pot. This meatloaf is moist and flavorful. Just like mom used to make. Maybe even better.
You read that right. You can absolutely make baked potatoes in the crock pot. Amazing, I know. In all fairness these potatoes might have to be labeled as steamed because you aren’t using an oven but who is taking score right? I never met a potato that I didn’t like and these are no exception. You can serve these spuds alongside a steak, with a nice colorful salad or have a potato bar and let your children pile on the toppings.
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
If you ask me what I use my crock pot the most for I will say making chili. This recipe closely resembles my own. I make chili year round. We use chicken or ground turkey and sometimes I do not use meat at all. I serve it with cornbread, rice, corn chips, tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, avocado salad greens, tomatoes, and onions. It just depends on the day. The possibilities are literally endless and always delicious. The beautiful part of using your slow cooker is you will never scorch the bottom of your pot and you do not have to watch it constantly. Chili night in my home is ALWAYS a winner.
Macaroni And Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese made in the crock pot? No way! Yes way! The crock pot is a welcome companion to this quintessential comfort food. There are many variations for mac & cheese floating around and it was hard to choose one to share with you. I love the simplicity of this recipe. There isn’t anything funky or weird in here. Just regular macaroni and cheese ingredients. This recipe uses uncooked macaroni, saving you a step in the kitchen. If this is your first time making macaroni and cheese in the crock pot you might want to keep a close eye on it so it does not overcook. Make sure your liquid to macaroni ratio is right. There is thin line between mac & cheese and mac & mush. Once you have the timing down this will become one of your favorite ways to make this dish.
No article about comfort food would be complete without dessert, namely double chocolate cake. When you make dessert in the crock pot you could very well eat it first because it will already be done… Who can argue with that! When I saw the picture for this recipe I was dumbstruck. I had no words. It looks magnificent. I am headed to the store after I wrap up this post to get the ingredients. It is chocolate. It is cake. It is warm. Need I say more???
Cleanup Can Be Carefree Too
If done right the cleanup of all of this ooey, gooey, baked on browned cheesy goodness can be a breeze. Make sure you butter or spray your pot generously. A crock pot liner can be used so all you have to do is throw the liner away and wipe the crock pot out. For a dish like mac and cheese it will be a lifesaver.
I hope you enjoy all of these recipes and the blogs that go along with them. I had a great time sharing my fellow bloggers recipes, my crock pot, and some of my family’s most loved comfort foods with you.
Is there another crock pot comfort food blog post you think should be included on this list?