Monday, September 26, 2011

Crockpot Mania

By Michelle Plummer of Winners Drink Milk

Dinner in a Dash, 30-Minute Meals, Grab and Go or Carry Out or Drive Thru! Everyone is looking for a way to keep dinner wholesome and nutritious for their families and do it in a way that does not take a culinary degree or hours of prep and attention!

Bringing back family dining should not be the worst thing on your TO DO list. Let me see if I can help you with making dinner and family dining fun!

Crockpots are all the rage and why not! Slowcookers can make your dinner easy to make in one pot, takes less expensive cuts of meat and turns them into tender and moist entrees. By using a slow cooking method many dishes that are generally thought of “as better when reheated” the Crockpot does this the first time. Long slow cooking, can be done while you are at work or on the run. Comfort foods, pulled pork, roasted chicken and stuffing and yes Mac and cheese! 

If you are familiar with Crockpots from the 70’s and 80’s you will be really surprised when you visit sites such as The Crockpot Blog (You will really enjoy the Island Pork, I served this with baked sweet potatoes) OR this great Overnight Oatmeal recipe-- you will not believe how great oatmeal can really taste!
I have used a crockpot for years to keep hot mulled cider, warm applebutter for biscuits, and large amount of Rotel (the Rotel tomato and chilies mixture with processed cheese) or nacho cheese with processed cheese, chili with beans and any condiments you wish to add such as onion, garlic, jalapeƱo, chips etc.

I have also tried a wonderful chilies chicken with chicken breasts, tomato and chilies mixture and spices. Cook for 4 hours and then shred and serve over tortillas. Add cheese and sour cream. I am getting more adventurous and really enjoying the crockpot for many meals.

I encourage you to try one of these wonderful recipes or something on your own….let me know and you may be the winner of a new crockpot, just in time for all those great tailgates! Check out the widget below to enter to win!  We will select a lucky winner to receive a Hamilton Beach 6 -quart crockpot with clips for secure transporting (great for the busy holiday season) and removable pot for ease in serving and cleaning.


12 comments:

Nathan Miller said...

My go to crockpot meal is my moms famous Chili Recipe!

Jill Ziegler said...

I love crockpots. They make it so much easier when you come home from work. When you leave, you put everything in it and then when you get home take it out. It is the best...

Anonymous said...

The smell saying welcome home when you walk through the door! NOTHING better than that.
Kathleen Flook

the haffner family said...

I just made a chicken and dumplings recipe in my crockpot and loved it! I can't wait to try more!

birrrd said...

I love my crockpot! I think my favorite thing I make in it is Country Style BBQ Ribs. Yummy!

ShineyAim said...

My family loves my homemade meatballs in the crock pot on game day. I wish I knew how to use it more. :)

Lana said...

BOth my crock pots are hand-me-downs. I would love a new one with all the new gadgets!

Joanna said...

My go-to crockpot meal: put potatoes or onions on the bottom of the crockpot, put a big piece of meat on top (a roast or whole chicken). Add a little water or broth, any seasonings or sauce, and leave on Low 8 hours. Dinner is done!

John Ferringer said...

My wife is the crock pot master...her chilli is always better when she does it in the crock pot :)

Katrina said...

I made meatballs for subs the other night in the crockpot. :) BBQ chicken is also a crockpot favorite.

The Pauls said...

We love to make a spicy roast in the crockpot and then use the tender meat for rolled tacos or enchiladas!

ShineyAim said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm excited about having such a fabulous and big crock pot to use. I have to start searching for some great recipes! :)