I know there have been quite a few crockpot threads, but I have found only two things that truly do well given a newer model (hotter) crockpot and a long day outside the house (11 hours in my case - so dishes cook at least 6 hours on low and 5 hours at Keep Warm):
- beef stew of just about any kind (I do brown the meat in the oven, saute my aromatics and reduce any wine or beer first)
- pork shoulder with just about any seasonings (I don't even bother to brown this, I truly can just dump stuff in the crock and be happy with the results).
I find white meat chicken is overcooked in under two hours, and dark meat just produces too much fat.
I am thinking of trying dried beans in there. I do also do chicken/turkey broth and applesauce, have used it for caramelized onions, but I am looking more for working-parent type recipes that I can prep the night before or even in the morning and have dinner when I come home. Ham bone or smoked turkey leg maybe?