13 Easy Appetizers You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker
Gruyère Bacon Dip
Serve this dip with assorted vegetable dippers or sturdy crackers. It’s also tasty as a condiment spread on burgers.
Pumpkin-Poblano Chicken Taco Cups
Start cooking the pumpkin and chicken filling several hours before the party, and then assemble the cups just before your guests arrive.
Cran-Apple Bourbon Punch
Prepare this easy party punch in advance, and the fragrant aroma will fill your house while it cooks. During the party, you can serve your guests hot brew directly from the slow cooker. Thinly slice small apples crosswise and remove the seeds for an attractive garnish.
Blue Cheese-Artichoke Dip
Blue cheese amps up the flavor for a little twist on the traditional artichoke appetizer. The dip holds up well for about two hours after the cook time.
These wings get very tender as they cook slowly in the flavorful sauce, and then a quick run under the broiler results in a nice, crispy exterior.
Spiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider
Keep this crimson-hued beverage warm in a slow cooker on the kitchen counter, and set out cups and a ladle for guests to help themselves. Substitute cranberry juice for pomegranate juice, if you prefer.
Cheesy Spinach-Crab Dip
This cheesy crab dip makes a savory party appetizer with minimal preparation time. If you like your dip hot and spicy, increase the ground red pepper or add crushed red pepper for an additional kick.
Sweet-and-Spicy Snack Mix
This party mix is a textural and flavorful delight, featuring sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. Be sure to pour the wet ingredients over the cereal mixture gradually so that you get an evenly coated mixture. Stir the mixture every hour to get even browning.
Butternut Squash Fundido
Use the slow cooker to roast nutritious butternut squash for this cheesy Mexican-style dip. You can start with packaged prechopped squash to keep the hands-on time brief. Serve with baked tortilla chips and fresh veggies.
Spiced Caramel Cider
If you’d prefer a beverage with less of a tangy cidery bite, try substituting apple juice for the apple cider. It’s fantastic either way.
Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip
This slow-cooker spinach-artichoke dip is so rich and satisfying, you won’t even know that it’s low in fat and calories, too!
Lemon-Thyme Spiced Nuts
When your oven is busy baking other dishes for your party table, use your slow cooker for these sweet and savory nuts. They’re great as a party food, but would also make a nice hostess gift. It’s important to let the nuts cool completely before placing them in a storage container.
Baked Pimiento Cheese Dip
Pimiento cheese is a Southern sandwich staple, but it also makes a delicious dip. Serve it in your slow cooker to keep it warm and velvety. Using both reduced-fat and regular sharp Cheddar cheese results in great flavor and a lower fat content.