Slow cookers work best if they are at least half full. While many families routinely need a 4- to 6-qt. crockpot, some recipes, like desserts or dips, won't fill your usual slow cooker. You can cook smaller batches of food in a large crockpot by using a separate, oven-safe casserole dish or baking pan, like a loaf pan or small cake pan, inside the larger crock of your slow cooker.
Select a casserole dish or oven safe baking pan that fits into your crockpot.
Spray the inside of the casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray for easy clean up.
Fill the casserole dish with your favorite slow cooker recipe.
Place a wire rack into the bottom of your slow cooker. If you don't have a rack that fits your crockpot, you can place balls of aluminum foil on the bottom of the slow cooker in place of a rack.
Set the prepared casserole dish or baking pan onto the rack or foil in the slow cooker. Plug in and turn on the crockpot, cooking as directed by your recipe, usually four to six hours on high or around eight hours on low.
How to Have a Small Private Wedding
How to Clean an Oven Liner
How Do I Hang a Wreath on a Tombstone?
How Many Calories Does a Small Banana ...
How to Cook With a Halogen Oven
How to Freeze Empanadas
How to Cook in Tabletop Convection Ovens
How to Cook Chicken Kebabs in a Bottom ...
How to Cook Tender Rolled Flank Steaks ...
How to Adjust the Neck Size on a Bow Tie
How to Keep Breaded Pork Chops Crispy ...
How to Open a Fossil Watch
How to Cook Eddy's Smoked Turkey Legs
How to Pickle Brine Sausage
How to Make Hair Extensions Wavy
Directions for Cooking a Picnic Ham ...
How to Cook a Pork Chop on a Dome ...
How to Hang Sweaters So They Don't Get ...
How to Throw a Party as a Teen
How to Cook a Frozen Beef Patty ...
- A Few Shortcuts: Crockpot Au Gratin Potatoes
- Crockpot 365; Baked Banana Bread CrockPot Recipe; Stephanie O'Dea
- "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook"; Phyllis Pellman Good; May 2010
- While you may think of casseroles, soups, or stews in your slow cooker, you can also bake bread or cakes in a smaller pan in the crockpot.
- Experiment with cakes, breads and other favorite recipes.
With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images