Pull your slow cooker out for unexpected—dare we say brilliant—ways to turn out fuss-free, fabulous fare for entertaining's busiest season.
November 20, 2015
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Entertain With Ease
Use your go-to convenience appliance in unexpected—dare we say brilliant—ways to turn out fuss-free, fabulous fare for entertaining's busiest season.
First: Cook tamales without any need to check or adjust the temperature or water level. It's a worry-free method that dials down the maintenance for this Christmas Eve favorite.
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Overnight Maple-Raisin Oatmeal
No one wants to stand over a pot of oatmeal stirring while everyone else whoops it up on a holiday morning. So set up oats and all in a water bath in the slow cooker, and wake up to a hearty breakfast for six.
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Slow-Roasted Salmon with Dill Cream
Give fish time to absorb aromatic herbal and citrus essence while it cooks, in an ovenlike environment, to the perfect tenderness. And because it stays covered, the fishy odors won't fill the house.
Put the Sterno and matches aside, and use this flameless method to make fondue. Unlike a thin fondue pot, a slow cooker has a thick ceramic liner (plus, in this recipe, a glass container) that keeps the chocolate from scorching.
After slowly simmering, unattended, for several hours, this spice-infused cocktail is party ready. Serve straight from the crock (set temperature to WARM). The drink will stay warm without cooking off the alcohol.