Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Crock Pot Recipe

 (To find out who won Saturday's drawing, go here.)

Yes, I really only have one recipe.

I know, I know.  Some of you are gasping for breath because you love your crock pots and use them regularly.  I think my crock pot is great.  I just don't tend to make food in it.  Instead, it sits on the very top shelf of one of my cabinets and gets brought down only once in awhile during the colder months for one recipe.

Years ago when the adult siblings (and their spouses) of my husband still exchanged gifts, I bought the Fix It and Forget It Cookbook for my sister-in-law.  Before I wrapped it, I very gently turned the pages and copied down a few recipes I thought we would like.  Even then, I greatly under-used my crock pot and thought these recipes would inspire me.

I tried a couple of them over the years and the only one I come back to over and over is the Venison Stew Recipe.  If I remember correctly, the actual recipe notes that you can use beef instead of venison if you like.  Jamey doesn't hunt, but occasionally friends give us deer meat which we readily accept.  This is one of our favorite ways to eat it.

My hope is that my crock pot doesn't ever start talking to your crock pots.  I don't want him to feel bad.

Venison Stew (from Fix It and Forget It)

1 1/2 pounds venison (or beef) cubed
2 tbsp. oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 rib celery (I leave this out)
4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
12 ounces stewed or canned tomatoes, undrained
10 1/2 ounces beef or chicken broth
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. parsley
1 bay leaf
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. quick-cooking tapioca or tapioca granules

Brown the venison in oil over meat heat.  Transfer to your crock pot.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.

I sometimes don't get everything in and going 8-9 hours before I want dinner, so I cook it on high for an hour or so, then turn it down to low.  Occasionally, I top the stew with dumplings.  Below is a very simple recipe.

Dumplings for Venison Stew

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 cup milk

Combine until just mixed and dollop spoonfuls on top of stew in crock pot.  Increase heat to high, cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes until a knife inserted in the center of a dumpling comes out clean. Pin It


  1. Oh perfect timing! My hubby hunted for the first time this year and got a nice buck, so we have thirty pounds of venison that I have NO IDEA what to do with! Now I have one recipe! Thanks!!! :)

  2. I also have the Fix It and Forget It cookbook and pulled that out on Sunday when I made a pot roast. I was thinking of you and wondering how you make pot roast and wished I could have called you. I just knew however you made it, it would be most delicious!

    I have never had dumplings before. My friend Tabitha is cooking them for me this Saturday for the first time as a belated bday dinner for me. I can't wait :)

  3. We have alot of venison this year and it looks like this one is going to be on the menu! Thank you!

  4. Well, I hardly use my crockpot either, so that makes two of us!
    But I also made a venison stew with it last week and it was awesome! Sure makes the meat tender!

  5. Perfect! A friend gave us some venison, and I'm not sure how to fix it, being a beef raised girl myself. We'll have to give this one a try.

  6. I have a GREAT crock pot recipe...Black Bean Pumpkin Chili. We serve it over rice at our house. AND my kids eat it. Craaaazy. We did our Christmas cards through Sam's Club photo and we did a recipe card w/this recipe and a picture of my boys in the corner. We've gotten a lot of thanks from people already....and permission to "steal" the Christmas card idea. Let me know if you want the recipe.

  7. Yummy! I always love getting your recipes! Thanks for sharing them! :)
    Megan Jenelle

  8. I generally don't like crock-pot cooking, everything seems to burn or just not come out right. I do however LOVE my crock-pots for tomato sauce making. They got quite a work-out this year simmering down tomatoes.

  9. "I very gently turned the pages and copied down a few recipes"... I LOVE that!

  10. Mindi,
    Will you post the recipe in the comments section of this post:


    Please? Thank you. It sounds delicious, although I've never paired black beans with pumpkin...:-).

  11. I love my crock pot! I'll have to try this recipe since I also love stews!


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