Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Crock Pot Thanksgiving Recipes!

I'm taking a deeper look at the concept of Slow Cookers used for Thanksgiving dinner. We have 1 oven, and 1 Toaster/Convection oven and every year we wish we had a double oven. The Solution to that problem may be the use of our.... 4 slow cookers and our Triple Banquet Slow Cooker.
This morning I've been busy researching various Slow Cooker recipes that we would embrace for Thanksgiving.

I have to add an update to this post. We had double ovens installed and they are amazing. One of them is convection. We will still use all of the Slow Cookers during the Holidays.

Here are my choices:

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Peaches.

2 pounds of dark sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 C peach pie filling
2 TBS butter, melted
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Spray a 4 QT. slow cooker with vegetable cooking spray
Put potatoes in the cooker
Add :
Mix Well

Cook on high 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours.
Potatoes should be tender but still a bit firm.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes:

5 pounds of red potatoes, cut into cubes, peeled or not
1 - 8oz. container of sour cream
1 - 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 C heavy cream
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C butter. softened
salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes in a pot of water
Cook until tender , but still firm   (15 minutes)
Mash potatoes in a large bowl with sour cream, cream cheese and heavy cream and baking powder
Put in a 4 QT. slow cooker on low for 2 - 3 hours.
Just before serving, stir in butter, salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn:

2/3 C flour
1/3 C butter
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 C evaporated milk
1 TBS sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 - (14oz.) can of creamed corn
2 C frozen corn, thawed and drained

Spray the cooker with vegetable cooking spray

Combine all ingredients in the pot, Mix well.
Cover and cook on high for 2 -3 hours.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding: ( see note at bottom of recipe)

1 - (15oz.) can of pure pumpkin ( not labeled Pie Pumpkin)
1 - (12oz.) can of evaporated milk
3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C flour
14 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
2 TBS butter, melted

In a large bowl:
Stir pumpkin with a spoon, to soften
Add 1/4 C of the milk and blend well.
Add remaining ingredients and beat well.

Spray a 3QT. slow cooker with vegetable cooking spray
Add pumpkin mixture
Cover and cook on low for 5 - 7 hours, until set
Cool at least an hour before serving.
Serve with Shortbread cookies.

cooking time may vary based on the size of your cooker.

If the pot is less than 1/2 full, cook on low for 3 -4 hours.
It it's 1/2 - 2/3 full, cook on low for 5 - 7 hours.
This rule may be considered for other recipes. Always check the progress of the cooking.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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