What can I cook sans-stove?
January 30, 2008 12:59 PM Subscribe
What can I cook with a countertop grill, a crock pot, and no stove?
posted by wreckingball to Food & Drink (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be visiting my boyfriend in Winnipeg at the end of next month--we live in different cities and can only work in a couple visits each year, and, typically, I would do a fair amount of cooking (I enjoy cooking, he enjoys eating--it works out rather well).
The problem: since my last visit, he's moved into a new house and currently lacks a functioning stove (the house's wiring won't support one--this isn't going to be fixed between now and then). The only cooking devices I'll have recourse to, aside from a microwave and a toaster oven, are a crock pot I bought him as something of a joke gift, last year (I'm pretty sure it's still in its box, unopened and unused--that is, assuming his skiddy friends haven't figured out a way to distill codeine in it) and a countertop grill of the George Foreman kind. The problem is that I've never used either of these pieces of equipment, and I'm fairly stumped as to what I can make with them.
I've of course come across scads of slow cooker recipes, but a) having never worked with a crock pot, I'm finding it difficult to assess which ones are going to yield something palatable, and b) most of them require a stove for some part of the process. I should think the grill could do some of the stove stuff (browning onions and whatnot), though I might be wrong about that.
Either specific recipes or general tips pertinent to stoveless cooking would be greatly appreciated. FWIW, neither of us eat meat (which has put a further damper on the recipe hunt--both Foreman grill and crock pot owners seem to be, as a group, rather fond of the stuff); I'm pretty good at modifying recipes to exclude it, though. Mostly I'm just worried about blowing a lot of money on ingredients and winding up with giant batches of slowly-simmered crap.
He'd probably be happy with two weeks of crock pot chilli and grilled sandwiches, but, you know, I don't see him that often, and I'd like to make at least a few things a bit more "special" than those. Super-double-plus bonus points for Indian or Middle Eastern recipes, although those (particularly the former) seem like long shots, given the equipment at hand.