Hunk of Meat Monday – Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.One of the most popular recipes on Beyer Beware is Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe. So, what was the first thing I made in Casserole Crock Pot Slow Cooker. The results, perfection. People, I don’t know if I love the recipe or the crock pot more.

I was tempted to not precook the pasta for this but before I start screwing with the recipes, I decided I should make it once the regular way. Especial since I was going to be using favorite gluten free pasta when I made it. Gluten free pasta can sometimes do weird things. So I made it very similar to the original recipe.

I started by frying up some bacon.

Bacon frying for chicken bacon ranch pizza casseroleNow that I have your attention, let’s get the bacon crispy and then remove from the pan, drain all but about a tablespoon of bacon grease. While the bacon was frying, cut up four chicken breasts into cubes and coat and ranch dressing seasoning mix. You can use this ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix which should be able to be found in most grocery stores. I used my Penzey’s ranch dressing mix. Add the chicken to bacon grease reserved frying pan along with diced onions and peppers. I always have frozen onions and peppers on hand. It makes prepping casseroles like this go so much faster. Cook the chicken and veggies till the chicken is fully cooked.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.While the chicken is cooking, it is time to transfer attention to the pasta. Like I said, I used gluten free pasta. Otherwise I would have used bow tie pasta. And yes, I have subscribe and save deliver my pasta to me each month. I didn’t cook the pasta fully. I cooked it to a little before al dente. In other words, if it says to cook 10-12 minutes, I cooked it about 8 minutes. Drained and returned to pot which was no longer over heat. Then stirred in the Alfredo Sauce, evaporated milk and 2% milk.

Now, it gets real. Start layering the ingredients by starting with half the pasta and sauce in the bottom of the crock pot.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.

Follow with half the chicken, onions and green peppers. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and then one cup of Italian blend cheese. The repeat with the remaining pasta, chicken bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and then keep a little bit of bacon to top it off. Now, just cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.

Did I mention the family loves this recipe? Even my non-chicken eating husband had two helpings. Yes, two helpings. But he did mention wanting to try it with sausage. Now, I have another idea for a casserole this week. This Casserole Crock Pot Slow Cooker is going to get the workout at our house. Be sure to get more recipes over at Recipes That Crock.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole

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Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound of bow tie pasta, cooked 75% of the time
  • 1, 15 ounce jar of Alfredo Sauce
  • 1, 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ounce of ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups Italian blend cheese
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, coat with 1 - 1.5 tablespoons of ranch seasoning. Saute in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of bacon grease along with bell peppers and onion. Cook till chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Combine Alfredo sauce, evaporated milk and milk with the partially cooked pasta. Stir in one teaspoon of ranch seasoning.
  3. Begin layering casserole with half the pasta and sauce combination. Then layer ½ of each of the following chicken and tomatoes. Use ⅓ of the fried bacon. Spread 1 cup of cheese over top and repeat one more time.
  4. After the cheese the second time, cover with 1 cup of cheese and remaining bacon.
  5. Cook on low for 2-3 hours till casserole cooked through and cheese is melted on top.

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Crock Pot Italian Chicken with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers

This crock pot Italian chicken recipe is full of flavor with the artichokes, roasted red peppers, capers and of course white wine.

Oh I love of my crock pot Italian chicken. And then when I went to make it last week I didn’t have any banana peppers. Normally it seems I have four or five jars of my banana pepper rings. I guess I am a little obsessed with my Italian Beef too. So, I had to improvise with what I had on hand. And what did I have on hand along with my zesty Italian salad dressing seasoning? Roasted red bell peppers, artichokes and capers. Oh and of course wine and garlic. Because I literally own stock in both of those things.

I decided that these skinless, boneless chicken thighs were not going to go to waste after all. And yes I use thighs. I rarely use white meat. But if that is what you have, this recipe will work fine with chicken breasts too. Honestly, buy whatever is on sale. And please remember all chicken is hormone free (at least synthetic hormones) so don’t be fooled by the crazy marketing labels.

Back to the crock pot. After placing the chicken thighs in the bottom of the crock pot, the zesty Italian packet was sprinkled over top of the chicken. Then I drained the artichokes and layered them over the chicken followed by the drained peppers, and then four or five smashed cloves of garlic. Then it needs a half a cup of white wine. I used a Pinot Grigio I got from ClubW.

I love cooking with wine. It means I have basically a whole bottle left to drink. It is a sacrifice. But someone has to do it. I do it for my families need to have good food.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken might appear to be fancy, but this recipe is super easy and only needs 6 ingredients.

Cook the chicken on low in for about 6-8 hours. Then spoon the chicken and vegetables out of the crock pot. If you have capers, sprinkle a tablespoon or two over the chicken. I figured I would crave the acidic and salty flavor with the lack of banana peppers. If you don’t have them or don’t like them, leave them off.

Now, what to serve them with. Let me tell you, if you just cooked some angel hair, you could easily toss the pasta into the crock pot and combine together in the juices and serve immediately. My family however inhaled the chicken before pasta was ever made. Proof the chicken is finger licking good.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers
This crock pot Italian chicken recipe is full of flavor and only needs six ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 packet Zesty Italian dressing seasoning mix
  • 1 jar of quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 1 jar of roasted red peppers and garlic (or add 4 fresh garlic cloves separate from the peppers), drained
  • ½ cup white wine such as Pinot Grigio
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in the crock pot and cover in Italian seasoning packet.
  2. Pour drained artichokes, roasted red peppers and garlic over the chicken.
  3. Pour wine over top of the layers.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Remove from crock pot and sprinkle capers over top of the cooked chicken and vegetables.
  6. Serve over pasta.

 

Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner.Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner. I will make these any day of the week. With the drippings from the crock pot, you can create a quick gravy and serve with mashed potatoes.

The three ingredients are simple: pork chops, butter, and ranch dressing mix. That is it. It is that simple

Crock Pot Ranch Pork ChopsButter you ask? Well, when everyone went all health crazy, they wanted to cut fat from their diet. So, today we have very lean pork. Too lean personally, but we are healthier thanks to the lean pork, right? Well, maybe not. So when ever I cook a lean piece of pork like the pork chops that normally have minimal fat around it I add fat. It is no different with these pork chops.

Season the pork chops generously with the ranch seasoning. I used three tablespoons total. I buy bulk dressing mix, however one envelope would also be the equivalent. I used a stick of butter but you could safely use just four tablespoons of butter.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner.Then it is all up to the crock pot. I cooked on low for 6 hours. You could go a pinch longer. Again pork chops can be easy to dry out, even with butter, so don’t let them cook for 12 hours unless you planning on them being closer to a pulled pork type meat.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork ChopsServe up with some mashed potatoes and make some quick gravy. To make the gravy, I took 1/4 cup of the juices from the crock pot and mixed a heaping tablespoons of corn starch with a cup of milk. Simmer over a medium heat till thickened. You could also use two tablespoons of flour to make a roux with the crock pot juices and slowly add the cup of milk. Add more milk if you want a thinner gravy.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops
These Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops just have three ingredients that will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops that everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 4 thick cut pork chops, bone-in or boneless
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) of real butter
  • 1 package of Ranch Dressing Mix (3 tablespoons)
Instructions
  1. Coat the pork chops with ranch mix.
  2. Place two pork chops in the crock and place two tablespoons of butter on top of the pork chops.
  3. Place two additional pork chops on top of the pork chops.
  4. Top each with two tablespoons of butter.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

 

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions. The most amazing slow cooked mushrooms are so amazing.There is this restaurant in western Indiana called the Beef House. I grew up going to the restaurant for special events or meetings with my parents. While it obviously has great, midwestern beef and some pretty legendary rolls and strawberry jam, it also has these amazing mushrooms. So amazing they only serve them in the evening. Which makes me sad because most of the time we go there midday on the weekends. But no longer will I bee without my mushrooms. My friend shared a recipe with me that pretty much captures the flavor. Perfectly. These mushrooms are  mind blowingly good. If you like mushrooms that is.

Mushrooms and onions for slow cooker mushrooms. Now you will want to make a lot of these puppies. Trust me. Start with four pounds of mushrooms, four cloves of garlic and a large sweet onion or two smaller ones. Clean your mushrooms, slice your onions and mince your garlic and put all into a large six or seven quart crock pot.

Mushrooms and onions in a crock pot.It is all about the fluid then. A cup of red wine, a cup of hot water, a pound of butter aka four sticks of butter, along with a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of dried herbs like dill or thyme, and four beef and four chicken bouillon cubes.

Butter and bouillon cubes for crock pot mushroomsPour over top of mushrooms and cook for at least 12 hours on low heat.

Mushrooms and onions in red wine and butter slow cooks for 12 hours.The aroma of the mushrooms will have you craving them before they are done. Just let them be. They will reduce quite a bit during cooking and of course turn a darker brown color.

Crock pot mushrooms and onions with red wine, butter and garlic are so amazing. This recipe is so easy and just requires patience as the mushrooms slow cook away.

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds of whole button mushrooms
  • 1 large sweet onion or two small/medium onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 pound of butter (4 sticks), melted - Make sure it is the real stuff
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dill or thyme or other herb
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
Instructions
  1. Place mushrooms, onions and garlic in a six or seven quart crock pot.
  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over top of the mushrooms.
  3. Slow cook on low for at least 12 hours.

20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

It is the time of year when grills get used less and less and slow roasting beef roasts happens more and more. So, since I have started searching for the beef roast recipes my family loves as well as a few new ones, I thought I would share 20 go-to beef roast recipes I plan on making sometime soon as well as a few pointers.

  1. Go buy a Crock Pot. Slow Cooker.
  2. When you are making a recipe that calls for a specific kind of roast, most of the time it can be interchangeable. For example, if the recipe calls for a chuck roast but you have a rump roast, as long as the pounds are similar go for it.
  3. Do Not trim all the fat off the beef roast before cooking it. Fat is a flavor conductor. You can peel the fat off after it cooks and also drain any fat off for gravy if you need it. Trust me, keep the fat on!
  4. Go for bone-in roasts. I think bones also add more flavor. After a beef roast has slow cooked all day, the bone falls right off the meat. So go ahead and buy that bone-in roast. No need to pay extra for having it removed. So, now onto the recipes!

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

 Reuben Sliders

Reuben Sliders

Italian Beef Sandwiches

crock pot italian beef

 Best Ever Slow Cooker Beef Roast

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Italian Beef in a Bucket

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

beef and noodles in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast

 Another Version Of Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian Beef Sandwiches (with graphics, thecountrycook.net)

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

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Easy as 1-2-3 Crock Pot Beef Roast

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches 

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Crock Pot Pepperoncini Beef

Pepperoncini Beef Sandwich

Dr. Pepper Slow Cooked Beef

Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Beef

Shredded Beef TacosShredded Beef Tacos (all rights reserved, thecountrycook.net)

Slow Cooked Italian Pot Roast with Parmesan Risotto

Italian Pot Roast and Parmesan Risotto

 Mexican Beef Roast

Red Wine Beef Roast with Mushrooms and Onions

Slow Cooked Beef and mushrooms in red wine

 Slow Cooker Roast Beef

slow cooker roast beef

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Texas Queso Dip

Sometimes it is an eat chips and queso kind of day. This crock pot Texas Queso Dip is not that different from the Sausage Queso I have shared before. The main difference is spicy or hot seasoned sausage instead of ground pork or mild pork sausage.

Texas Queso DipThe recipe is out of the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes from Gooseberry Patch. And it is a cinch.

Simply brown a pound of hamburger. If you want to do it quick, be sure to check out my quick tip on browning hamburger. Just place a two-pound block of Velveeta, a can of tomatoes and chiles (or a can of diced tomatoes plus a can of chiles like I did) along with a half a cup of milk.

Crock Pot Texas Queso Dip

Just let the mixture cook on low for two hours in a slow cooker or crock pot. Stir occasionally to avoid it burning around the edges. Serve with tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. hot ground pork sausage, browned and drained
  • 32-oz. pkg. pasteurized process cheese spread, cubed
  • 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • ½ c. milk
  • white corn tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the sausage, cheese, tomatoes and milk in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for two hours until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.

I received the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes for free. The recipe ingredients are all on me. The opinions are all mine.

Crock Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef

Naturally when I am reviewing a new cookbook I am drawn to the Mexican inspired recipes. When the recipe includes a beef roast and a crock pot, I am sold. Gonna try the recipe. This crock pot chipotle shredded beef did not disappoint anyone in the family.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beefThe recipe called for a chuck roast, but here is the deal, use whatever beef roast you have on hand or is on sale at the grocery story. It will all work the same. Place the beautiful beef roast in the crock pot.

beef chuck roast in crock pot

The original recipe called for cans of diced tomatoes, green chiles and chipotle sauce. I however had enchilada sauce instead of chipotle. It also called for chili powder and cumin. I had Penzey’s Chili 9000 which has cumin and other yummy seasonings and herbs. So, I used two tablespoons of it instead. Topped the roast with sliced onions and the canned goods before letting it slow cook all day. I omitted the beef broth the recipe called for originally.

Chipotle Beef Ingredients

After it has slow cooked all day, you should be able to peel any excess fat off the roast and then shred with two forks. Don’t trim the fat before cooking. Remember fat is the flavor conductor. You want it to cook with the meat all day to add flavor.

crock pot chipotle beef
 The meat should be fairly juicy. Which made me relieved that I didn’t add the two cups of beef broth. You will get quite a bit of beef. This is a great recipe to eat twice.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

The cooked meat will freeze nicely to pull out later or go ahead and make some beef enchiladas and use the meat for tacos or on top of Mexican Risotto.

Chipotle shredded beef risottoThe recipe is from 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes which is the combination of three cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. I will be giving this cookbook away the second week of September 2014. Be sure to check back to register to win and see what other great recipes I made.

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 7-oz. can chipotle sauce or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 4-oz. can diced green chiles
  • 1 onion, slice
  • 2 T. chili 9000 from Penzey's or 2 T chili powder and 1 t. cumin
Instructions
  1. Place roast in a slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Once it is completely cooked, remove any excess fat. With 2 forks, shred the beef roast in slow cooker. Add beef broth if there is not much liquid.
  3. Serve on tortillas with favorite taco toppings, on a bed of lettuce for a salad or in a bowl with Mexican rice.

I received the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes for free. The recipe ingredients are all on me. The opinions are all mine.

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

The Country Cook

This Farm Family’s Life 

From My Front Porch

Alarm Clock Wars

Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast
An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.
Ingredients
  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.

I was given two copies of the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. One to keep and one to give. The recipes and reviews of the recipe are my opinion.

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