5 Inventive Crock Pot Recipes

5 Inventive Crock Pot Recipes

You could use your slow cooker to make various kinds of stew for the rest of your life. Or you could use that same electric appliance to whip up everything from a heavenly dessert to the moistest salmon ever. Read on for five secret uses your crock pot has been hiding from you.

Poached Salmon with Lemons and Fresh Herb
Ahh, finally, the secret to moist, flavorful fish! Whip up this dish’s broth—a simple court bouillon—right in the slow cooker, add a slab of skin-on salmon, and you’re done.

Mashed Potatoes
You’re just six ingredients and a few minutes of prep away from piping hot mashed taters. Toss cubed potatoes, garlic, water, white vinegar, salt, and onion salt into your trusty pot, and the next time you see them they’ll be thick and creamy. Add butter and parsley if you’re feeling indulgent.

Chicken Fajitas
Chicken, onion, peppers, salsa, and seasonings unite in the crock pot to form the (literal) meat of these quick, tasty fajitas. After three hours, just spoon out the mixture into flour tortillas. The original recipe calls for nine kinds of seasonings, but tweak to your liking.

Caramel Apple Crumble
A dessert in a crock pot?! Sounds crazy, but ultimately it’s only crazy-delicious. Food blog How Sweet It Is talks you through the innovative concept before laying out the easy-to-follow instructions.

You knew a weird one was coming, right? Yep, you can totally use your crock pot to produce non-edibles like fragrant potpourri from scratch. It’s way more ecofriendly than buying scented candles, plus it allows you to get extended use out of foods like apples, oranges, lemons, and limes. Apartment Therapy offers up five simple options in this post—and commenters have chimed in with their favorite ingredients and valuable tips.

Do you have any creative uses for your crock pot?

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