Friday, January 26, 2007

Superbowl Party Mix Crock Pot Recipe

Want to make something that everyone can enjoy throughout the game? Try this excellent Party Mix. Use the following ingredients or add a few of your favorites:

3 cups small rice cereal squares ( rice chex )
2 cups small wheat cereal squares
2 cups toasted oat ring cereal
1 cup peanuts or pistachio nuts
1 cup thin pretzel sticks
1/2 cup no salt butter, melted
1-2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper or cayenne (optional)

Hand mix cereals, nuts, and pretzels in slow cooker. Mix melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and red pepper in small bowl. Pour over cereal mixture in slow cooker; toss lightly to coat.

Place cover on pot, cook on LOW 3 hours, stirring well every 30 minutes. Cook, uncovered, 30 minutes more. Make as much as you need then store cooled party mix in airtight container.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

SuperBowl Basics: Crock Pot French Dip Sandwhiches

Start this at 11AM and you'll be serving French Dips Sandwiches at halftime.


3 pounds fresh beef brisket (not corned beef)
1 1.3oz pkg dry onion soup mix
1 10.5 oz can condensed beef broth
8 mini baguettes or sandwich buns

Place beef in slow cooker. Mix dry soup mix and beef broth. Pour over beef.

Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until beef is tender. Skim fat from liquid. Remove beef; cut across grain into thin slices. Cut each baguette horizontally in half. Fill baguettes with beef; cut in half. Serve with broth for dipping.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Crock Pot SuperBowl: Chicken Wings in BBQ Sauce

I'm looking for interesting stuff I can make in my crock-pot for the big SuperBowl party I'm hosting. Here's an interesting idea for Chicken Wings. Yum.

3 pounds chicken wings -- about 16 wings
Salt and pepper -- to taste
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce -- any variety
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons prepared mustard - or spicy mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Hot pepper sauce -- to taste, optional

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Cut off and discard wing tips. Cut each wing at joint to make two sections. Place wing parts on broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat 20 minutes, 10 minutes a side or until chicken is brown. Transfer chicken to Crock-Pot Slow Cooker. For sauce, combine barbecue sauce, honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce, if desired, in a small bow. Pour over chicken wings. Cover and cook on Low 4 to 5 hours or on High 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Serve directly from Crock-Pot Slow Cooker.

CrockPot Apple Butter

Looking to lose a little weight, but still want to butter your bread? Then try this delicious Apple Butter. It contains no butter at all, but will satisfy your cravings.

12 med. Granny Smith or other cooking apples, cored, peeled and cut into fourths
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Mix all ingredients in 5-6 qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 8-10 hrs. or until apples are very tender. Mash apples with potato masher or large fork. Cook uncovered on LOW 1 to 2 hrs., stirring occasionally, until mixture is very thick. Cool about 2 hrs. Spoon apple butter into container. Makes 4 cups. Cover and store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Slow Cooked Beef Tips in Mushroom Sauce

2 pounds lean chuck - cut in 1.5 inch pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup (use 98% fat free or low sodium if you'd like)
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 can sugar free sprite or 7up (must be diet)

Directions: Add meat to crock pot. Mix soup & onion soup pour over meat. Add Sugar Free Sprite/7up. Cook in crock pot on low 6-8 hours (or high for at least 4 hours). Let sit for 30 minutes before serving. For more Mushroom flavor at a can of sliced mushrooms. Serve over rice or egg noodles.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hot Carmel Apples in Slow Cooker

Continuing with the apple theme, I found this recipe for Hot Caramel Apples. I usually make these in the oven, but the crock pot version was just as good.

4 large tart apples, cored (but not too the bottom. Just 2/3rds down or so.)
1/2 cup apple juice
8 Tbsp. brown sugar
12 (or more) red hot candies
1/4 cup butter or margarine
8 caramel candies, unwrapped
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Peel about ¾- inch off the top of each apple. Put each apple in slow cooker.
Pour apple juice over apples. Fill the center of each apple with 2 Tbsp.
sugar, 3-5 red hot candies 1 Tbsp. butter and 2 caramels. sprinkle all with
cinnamon. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or until apples are tender. Serve
immediately with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or both, if desired. Yield: 4 servings.