Fix-It and Forget-It Revised and Updated: 700 Great Slow Cooker Recipes

Fix-It and Forget-It
series is the country’s bestselling crockpot cookbook series.

“The six books in the series compile edited versions of recipes contributed by everyday cooks and have sold more than nine million copies.”

— Publishers Weekly

“The author who came in second to Rachael Ray in total foodie sales was Phyllis Pellman Good, who does not have a TV show.”

— Summary of Bestsellers Publishers Weekly

“One reason why the books are so popular is that they aren’t intended for folks who dabble in cooking as a hobby or a whim.

“‘The audience that I have in mind is those who have to cook every day of the week,’ says Good.”

— Los Angeles Times

“Good’s books have sold more in the United States than the
works of popular Food Network hosts Ina Garten, Giada De Laurentiis, and Jamie Oliver.”

— The New York Times Front-page feature

“One of the losses in our lives is that it’s so hard to sit down at the dinner table, night after night, and have parents and children eating together,” says Phyllis Pellman Good.

“With the slow cooker, you can prepare food early and bring everyone together at the table,” she says. “It helps immensely.”

— The Associated Press

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available on file.

Cover illustration and illustrations throughout the book by Cheryl Benner
Design by Cliff Snyder

Print ISBN: 
978-1-56148-685-4 (paperback edition)

978-1-56148-687-8 (hardcover gift edition)

978-1-56148-686-1 (comb-bound paperback edition)

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-68099-013-3

Printed in the United States of America

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Good, Phyllis Pellman

Fix-it and forget-it cookbook : 700 great slow cooker recipes / Phyllis Pellman Good. -- Rev. and updated.

p. cm.

Rev. ed of: Fix-it and forget-it cookbook / Dawn J. Ranck, Phyllis Pellman Good, 2000.

Includes index.

ISBN 978-1-56148-685-4 (pbk. : alk. paper) -- ISBN 978-1-56148-686-1 (comb-bound : alk. paper) -- ISBN 978-1-56148-687-8 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Electric cookery, Slow. I. Ranck, Dawn J. Fix-it and forget-it cookbook. II. Title.

TX827.R35 2010


Table of Contents

Welcome to
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

Tips for Using Your Slow Cooker

Appetizers, Snacks and Spreads

Breakfast Foods


Soups, Stews, and Chilis

Main Dishes

Beef Main Dishes

Pork Main Dishes

Pasta Main Dishes

Chicken and Turkey Main Dishes

Bean Main Dishes

Seafood Main Dishes

Meatless and Other Main Dishes




Equivalent Measurements

Assumptions about Ingredients

Three Hints

Substitute Ingredients

Kitchen Tools and Equipment You Really Ought to Have


About the Author

Welcome to Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook, Revised and Updated!

First, a word in honor of slow cookers

Slow cookers are those ordinary workhorses that make the routine possible. They’re quiet and unassuming. They need little attention once you’ve gotten to know the particular model (or models) you own.

They help you do what you mean to do—

• keep your food-spending in line;

• feed your household more nutritionally than if you relied on take-out or packaged meals;

• buoy up your effort to sit down daily around the table with the people you love.

Second, about this
Revised and Updated

When the original
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook
left my desk, it went out and created a life of its own! In fact, it’s sold more than 5 million copies since it quietly arrived in stores a few years ago. The book has been snapped up because it simply brings relief to lots of households, all the while delivering good food with its more than 700 delicious recipes.

Phyllis Pellman Good

Now I’ve polished the book up a bit. I’ve added information about how to maximize your slow cooker. I’ve swapped in some new recipes. I’ve highlighted a few gadgets that make your slow cooker even more usable and dependable.

I have not disturbed the book’s warm heart. All of the recipes come from households across the country, where they are tried and trusted and loved. Thank you to each of you who has offered your favorites—and to each of you who has tested these recipes. You exemplify the great tradition of sharing good recipes, rather than possessing them.

Make this cookbook your own

Most of the recipes in this collection are flexible and forgiving. You’ll notice that most of them offer a range of cooking times; many of the recipes suggest optional ingredients.

You will also find series of recipes throughout the book that are similar. Yet these recipes differ enough from each other so that you can select the one with the ingredients which you like best, or the ingredients which you already have in your pantry.

Make this book your own. Write in it. Note the cooking time that worked for you. Star the recipe you liked. If you added or subtracted ingredients, write them in the neighboring column. Flip to the Index and put a big dot next to a recipe you especially liked. Then you can spot it at a glance when you’re looking for cooking inspiration.

This is a community

The Tips spread among the recipes give you the kind of advice and encouragement your mother or good-cook-neighbor or favorite aunt might offer if s/he were cooking with you.

When you cook from this book, you’re in the company of cooks everywhere who do their best to bring delicious, satisfying food to their families and friends.

May the
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook, Revised and Updated
help make your meal preparations less harried and your dinners more satisfying!

Tips for Using Your Slow Cooker: A Friendly

. What to buy

A good standard size for a household of four is a 4-quart slow cooker. If you often cook for more, or you like to prepare sizable roasts, turkey breasts, or chicken legs and thighs, you’ll want a 6-quart cooker.

For parties or buffets, a 1½- to 2-quart size works well for dips and snacks.

Cookers which allow you to program “On,” the length of the cooking time, and “Off,” are convenient. If your model doesn’t include that feature, you might want to get a digital appliance timer, which gives you that option. Make sure the timer is adequate for the electrical flow that your cooker demands.

A baking insert, a cooking rack, a temperature probe, and an insulated carrying tote are all useful additions offered with some models. Or you can buy some of them separately by going to the manufacturers’ websites.

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