Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining Takes the Stress Out of Party Planning
If you love to entertain, but hate to spend any more time in the kitchen than necessary, Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining is a must-have addition to your cookbook collection. This versatile volume gives you party menus that you can make in your triple slow cooker. All of the recipes are very easy to create and are sure to take the stress out of preparing a meal for a crowd.
Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining has over 100 recipes and 30 party plans for occasions like bridal showers, baby showers, graduations, and tailgate parties as well as ideas for special holiday menus.
Each party plan has a countdown section that tells you when to make each dish and ideas for both decorations and activities. Almost all of the recipes are very kid-friendly too, so you don’t need to worry about coming up with an alternative menu for the picky eaters in your house.
My favorite part of this book was the Halloween party menu. Chili dogs and apple cider are two of my favorite fall foods and this cooking strategy will be perfect for my son’s Halloween party with his classmates.
The publisher of Triple Slow Cooker entertaining has generously allowed Modern Baby to share the following recipes with you.
Halloween: All-Time Favorite Chili, Hot Dogs, Our Favorite Hot Cider
All-Time Favorite Chili
Makes 6 to 8 servings
Accompany this chili with bowls of shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped onions, sliced jalapeño peppers and/or other favorite chili toppings.
Some folks say it isn’t chili if it has beans in it. Omit the beans if you prefer.
To make ahead, brown beef and onion, place in a shallow container and refrigerate until cold. Once it’s chilled, proceed with step 2; cover and refrigerate overnight. Cook as directed.
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chiles, with juice
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp dry minced (granulated) garlic
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 can (14 to 19 oz) red, kidney, pimento or black beans, drained & rinsed
1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat, breaking beef up with a spoon and stirring often, for 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain off fat.
2. Transfer beef mixture to one slow cooker stoneware. Stir in tomatoes with juice, tomatoes and chiles with juice, chili powder, garlic and cumin. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in beans.
3. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours, until hot and bubbly. Turn to Warm for serving.
Makes 16 to 20 servings
Slow-cooked hot dogs are the easiest and best, yet many people think they taste like those from the ball park.
With this convenient way to heat and serve hot dogs, you can be sure everyone’s is hot. They stay warm for about 1 to 2 hours on Warm; any longer, and they may begin to split.
- 2 packages (each 16 oz/500 g) hot dog wieners
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 16 to 20 hot dog buns, split and toasted
1. Place wieners in one slow cooker stoneware. Pour in water.
2. Cover and cook on High for 1 to 2 hours or until heated through. Turn to Warm for serving.
3. Serve hot dogs on toasted buns.
Our Favorite Hot Cider
Makes 8 cups
Place the cloves in a fine-mesh spice ball so it’s easier to remove them. Add 1⁄2 tsp whole allspice berries with the cinnamon and cloves.
Some like sweet mulled cider; others like it tart. Adjust the sugar to your personal preference.
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar (or to taste)
- 2 2- to 3-inch cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 8 cups unsweetened apple cider
1. In one slow cooker stoneware, combine brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cider.
2. Cover and cook on High for 2 to 3 hours or until hot. Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves. Turn to Warm for serving.
Excerpted from Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining by Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss © 2013. May not be reprinted without publisher permission.
Photo credit: Robert Rose