Friday, May 22, 2015

Amazing From-Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Food Bloggers

Use the slow cooker to make baked beans for a barbecue side dish, and the house will stay cool!

Amazing From-Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Baked Beans


(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and this Friday it's Memoral Day in the U.S. which makes me think Slow Cooker Baked Beans might be a good idea.  While many of you are enjoying a holiday weekend, I'm updating and sharing this post from Kenya, where I'm heading out today to see hippos and go on a day-trip Safari.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!)

It's the time of year to be cooking things on the grill, and the arrival of grilling season always makes me happy!   Of course you need side dishes when you're grilling, and baked beans have to be one of the classic side dishes to accompany grilled foods.  There are plenty of good recipes for baked beans made in the oven, but when it's hot outside, one of these Amazing From Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Baked Beans will let you make fantastic baked beans in the CrockPot without heating up the house.

Each blogger's version of baked beans is just a little different; there are beans with bacon and meatless beans, spicy beans and sweet beans, recipes with one kind of beans and those with several types, and just about every other variation you can imagine.  Read my description of each recipe, then click the recipe title below any photo to see the entire recipe on the blog.

Monday, May 18, 2015

25+ Slow Cooker Sandwiches with Chicken, Pork, or Beef for a Slow Cooker Summer Dinner

25+ Slow Cooker Sandwiches with Chicken, Pork, or Beef are perfect for slow cooker dinners all summer long!

25+ Slow Cooker Sandwiches with Chicken, Pork, or Beef for a Slow Cooker Summer Dinner featured on SlowCookerFromScratch.com

(I'm visiting Istanbul and Nairobi for the next two weeks, but I'm giving you this collection of 25+ Slow Cooker Sandwiches with Chicken, Pork, or Beef so you'll have some new recipes to try out while I'm gone.)

Memorial day is two weeks away, so the weather is heating up in most places.  When it starts to feel too hot to use the stove, it's time to think about using the slow cooker to cook without heating up the house, and for a few years now I've been featuring Slow Cooker Summer Dinners to help with that!

What I call Slow Cooker Summer Dinners are usually meals where part of the dish is cooked in a slow cooker, and then it's served with room-temperature or cool additions for the final dish.  Of course sandwiches of all kinds are perfect for a Slow Cooker Summer Dinner, and in this collection I've tried to focus especially on sandwiches that are served with slaw, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and other fresh fruits and vegetables that cool things down.

Most of these are sandwiches that haven't been featured here before so I hope you find some new favorites to get you through the hot summer months.  All photos are copyrighted to the original blog that posted the recipe; just click the recipe link under any photos to see the complete recipe on the original blog.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos from Foodie with Family

Beef short ribs simmer in the CrockPot with Korean seasoning and then get made into Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos!

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos from Foodie with Family [found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com]
(Photo from Foodie with Family.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and these Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos from Foodie with Family use authentic Korean ingredients and sound delicious!)

Rebecca has a brother who's living in Korea, and when he comes home to visit he brings her amazing Korean ingredients to try out, including the Gochujang paste that's used in this recipe for Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos from Foodie with Family.  But no worries if you don't have a family member living in Korea; you can buy the Gochujang paste at any Asian market, or order Gochujang Paste online. Korean tacos are the dish that started the Food Truck craze in Los Angeles a few years ago, and if you read through Rebecca's recipe you can tell these Korean beef tacos made in the CrockPot are going to have amazing flavor.  And doesn't this sound perfect for a Slow Cooker Summer Dinner?

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • Boneless beef short ribs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable or peanut oil
  • pear juice or unsweetened apple juice
  • minced garlic
  • grated fresh ginger root
  • light brown sugar
  • Gochujang paste
  • Mirin or rice wine vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • pear
  • To serve: flour tortillas, kimchi or Asian Style Slaw or Pickled Carrots, fresh cilantro (optional), Sriracha

Monday, May 11, 2015

Crockpot Blueberry BBQ Meatballs from Crockpot Gourmet

Crockpot Blueberry BBQ Meatballs are made with ground pork and beef that's flavored with shallots and goat cheese; then cooked with blueberry barbecue sauce in the slow cooker!

Crockpot Blueberry BBQ Meatballs from Crockpot Gourmet featured on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photos from Crockpot Gourmet.)

Whether or not you're using the slow cooker I think it can be hard to decide to cook at this time of year.  In Utah the May weather can be hot and sunny one day and then raining or even snowing a few days later.  What you need for May are things that would taste good no matter what the weather was doing, and I think these Crockpot Blueberry BBQ Meatballs from Crockpot Gourmet fit the bill for that.

These from-scratch meatballs have panko breadcrumbs soaked in milk, ground pork, ground beef, goat cheese, shallots, and BBQ seasoning.  The meatballs are lightly browned for a few minutes under the broiler; then they go in the slow cooker with half the blueberry barbecue sauce and cook for a few hours.  When they're done, meatballs get tossed with the remaining sauce and dinner is ready! And I bet these meatballs are a main dish the whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • milk
  • lean ground pork
  • lean ground beef
  •  egg
  • crumbled goat cheese
  •  diced shallots
  • BBQ seasoning
  • BBQ sauce (homemade or bottled)
  • blueberry preserves

Friday, May 8, 2015

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Garlic Chicken from The Perfect Pantry

Middle Eastern Garlic Chicken is marinated for amazing flavor, and then it cooks in the slow cooker to keep the kitchen cool!

Slow Cooker (CrockPot) Middle Eastern Garlic Chicken found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photos from The Perfect Pantry

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and this Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Garlic Chicken sounds like a recipe I would love!) 

I'm a big fan of all types of Middle Eastern food, and I think this Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Garlic Chicken from The Perfect Pantry sounds like a wonderful dinner any time of year.  I love all the middle eastern flavors in this dish, and marinating the chicken before it goes into the slow cooker makes this extra flavorful.

I'd especially like this recipe when it's hot outside and you can cook in the CrockPot without heating up the house and then serve the food with cooling additions like lettuce, tomatoes, pita bread, and Ranch Dressing.  Those recipes where the slow cooker cooks the hot part of the dish and then it's combined with cooling ingredients are what I call a Slow Cooker Summer Dinner!  And I'd love using the slow cooker to make this on a hot summer day.

Ingredients for this recipe:
  • Boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • sliced and mashed garlic
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • allspice
  • lemon zest
  • juice of one lemon
  • olive oil
  • For serving, chopped lettuce, tomato, pita bread, buttermilk Ranch dressing.

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