5 Effortless Ways You Can Free Your Friday with a Crock Pot

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  • Hawaiian chicken
  • Teriyaki
  • Slow_Cooker_Cranberry_Chicken
  • beef stew
  • pepper-steak

If you like eating hot food on shabbat, chances are you have used a crock pot before. A crock pot is great for making cholent or dafina (Sephardic type cholent), because the longer it cooks the better it tastes. Most slow cook recipes wont survive a 12+ hour cook time, so crock pots are generally reserved for making cholent for Shabbat lunch.  If you want to make something other than cholent, try using your crock pot for Friday night dinner instead. Most slow cook recipes only require a couple of hours in the crock pot anyways, so why not give it a try?

Here are my Top 5 yummy crock pot effortless recipes for Friday night dinner:

1. Sweet Hawaiian chicken

  • 2lb. Chicken tenderloin chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

Combine all together, cook on low in Crock-pot for 6-8 hours.


2. Teriyaki Chicken

  • 1lb chicken sliced or cubed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Teriyaki or soy sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Place chicken in the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together the chicken broth, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, and garlic cloves.  Pour sauce over the chicken and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.

3. Crannberry Chicken

  • 3-4 lbs. chicken breasts
  • 1 (14-oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced small
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

4. Slow cook Pepper Steak

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips

Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker. Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in rest of the ingredients: onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.


5. Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes

Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

What do you think of crock pot dinners? Please share your crock pot favorite recipes below.



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6 Responses

  1. Beth says:

    I don’t know which one to try first. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rena Konar says:

    Sirloin is not kosher.

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