Recipes that are mostly hands off usually include a slow cooker, pressure cooker, a Dutch oven or braiser. I love a hands off recipe, especially if I am cooking for a group, or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Winter is especially great for cooking up a stew or chili in the slow cooker. Using a pressure cooker or slow cooker is great for summer too though, no need to have the oven going for hours. Since we are in the middle of winter, today I have collected 6 Mostly Hands Off Recipes that are warm and comforting, super enjoyable and satisfying, with minimal effort.
Below, I've collected 6 of my favorite Mostly Hands Off recipes and put them together for you. If you're interested in making any or all, just follow the links for the full recipe card.
Kelly is sharing 6 Mostly Hands Off Recipes
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It’s definitely getting to be pot roast season. I saw this recipe on New York Times Cooking and they do it in a slow cooker. But I wanted to give it a go in my Dutch Oven; a 5 hour cook, rather than 7-8 hours in the slow cooker. We are doing tacos with this pork shoulder, but I think it would be great with rice noodles instead of tortillas, if you wanted to go that route. Let’s get right to it – Dutch Oven Pork Tacos with Hoisin and Ginger!
I have a classic cold-weather favorite: Chili. This recipe is in the Instant Pot, but it’s basically the same process on the stovetop, in a Dutch oven – the only difference is you’ll let it simmer on the stove for about 30-40 minutes. Chili is a great one-pot meal that is so satisfying on a cold and dreary day. Plus, you can add all the delicious toppings you like! Let’s get right to it, Instant Pot Chili!
Today’s Instant Pot Thai Sweet Chili Pork utilizes a pressure cooker to get tender pork loin in quick time. I am serving this Sweet Chili Pork over rice, but it would be great on a baguette or rolls as a sandwich too. Everything comes together really simply and takes only 20 minutes of pressure cooking, with another 20 minutes of steam release. Then a quick reduction on the sauté function of your Instant Pot and that’s it. Mostly hands off, this dish is sweet and mildly spicy, finished with the fresh flavors of sliced scallions and cilantro.
Today we are pulling out the Instant Pot for a scrumptious French Dip Sandwich. You can absolutely do this in a slow cooker, it’ll take all day, but you know what? It’s totally worth it. And the aroma of a pot roast cooking will be a nice companion for a chilly Sunday. And, as if that wasn’t comforting enough, you get to eat the sandwich at the end! Win-win for The French Dip!
Summer is drawing to an end with kids headed back to school. I have already seen Halloween decorations, costumes and candy hitting the shelves. I am definitely not ready for fall to arrive, but our gears have already begun to shift toward autumnal recipes. Sort of… Today I have a slow cooker recipe that is great for right now, in case it’s still too hot in your neck of the woods to have an oven on for 7 hours. Let’s jump right in with Slow Cooker Black Vinegar Braised Beef.
I learned how to cook pork with soda pop way back when I was a line cook. One of my co-workers used to make this once a week for our family meal. Sometimes he used Dr. Pepper, sometimes a combination of Coca Cola and Orange Soda. The sugars and flavors in the soda do magical things to slow-cooked pork shoulder. We are speeding it up with the pressure cooker, but it still works just as well.
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