Super Slow Cooker Fare

Expecting a house full of people to watch The Big Game? There’s no need to go crazy cooking – just line a few slow cookers along your countertop and you’re all set. Guests can help themselves to hot food throughout the afternoon while you watch the game in peace, without needing to be the “12th Man” – or woman – in the kitchen.



Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

  • 2 pounds store-bought or homemade fully cooked meatballs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) jellied cranberry
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce


Use a four-quart slow cooker. Slice cranberry sauce and put on the bottom of your slow cooker. Add meatballs (frozen is okay). Top with barbecue and soy sauces. Cover and cook on high for two to four hours, or until fully heated. Stir before serving.



Buffalo Wing Dip

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 2 cups Blue Cheese salad dressing
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Tabasco sauce (start with 1/4 cup, then add more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Celery sticks, cubed French bread or tortilla chips for dipping


Use a one-quart slow cooker. Combine chicken, salad dressing and Tabasco sauce in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for one to two hours, or until cheese us fully melted and the dip is heated through. Stir before serving.



Brie With Apricot Topping

  • 1 large (13.2-ounce) wheel of brie
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Use a one-quart slow cooker. If you only have a large one, insert an oven-safe dish to create a smaller cooking vessel. Cut the tough rind off of the top of the brie; a little left is okay. Place brie into slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the other ingredients. Spoon over brie. Cover and cook on high for one to two hours or on low for about three hours. Brie is done when it is soft and warm, but not melted completely. Serve with your favorite crackers.


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