Monday, January 21, 2013

Slow Cooker Appetizers for Superbowl Sunday

Superbowl XLVII is around the corner and, even if you're not a huge football fan, chances are you're going to have people over or need to bring a dish to a party. Don't worry, I've got you covered. Here are a few easy and delicious slow cooker recipes that will give you scrumptious results every time.

And may the best team win!

Teriyaki Wings
Excerpted from 365 Winter Warmer Slow Cooker Recipes by Suzanne Bonet and Carol and Robert Hildebrand

Find a nice, thick teriyaki sauce for this recipe and watch these goodies evaporate into thin air.

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Additional steps: Broil the wings; add pineapple in the last 15 minutes

3 pounds (1365 g) chicken wings
1 1/2 cups (355 ml) teriyaki sauce
1 (16-ounce or 455 g) can pineapple chunks (in juice)

Preheat the broiler. Spread the wings on a baking pan and broil for 10 minutes. Turn and broil another 10 minutes until crispy.

Combine the wings and the teriyaki sauce in the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours. Drain the pineapple chunks and stir them gently into the wings. Continue to cook, with the cover off, for 15 minutes.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings as an appetizer


Cajun Barbeque Shrimp
Excerpted from 365 Winter Warmer Slow Cooker Recipes by Susanne Bonet and Carol and Robert Hildebrand

These shrimp cooked in spicy melted butter are always a hit. Look for easy-peel shrimp at your grocery store.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Additional steps: Add the shrimp in the last hour

2 sticks (1/2 pound or 225 g) butter
1/4 cup (30 g) Cajun spice mix
4 tablespoons (40 g) chopped garlic
2 pounds (910 g) shell-on shrimp, thawed if frozen

Combine the butter, Cajun spice mix, and garlic in the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 1 hour. Add the shrimp, stirring to coat with the melted butter and spices. Turn the slow cooker on HIGH. Cook for 1/2 to 1 hour, until the shrimp are pink and firm.

Yield: 8 to 10 as a party appetizer.


Crab Dip
Excerpted from 365 Winter Warmer Slow Cooker Recipes by Suzanne Bonet and Carol and Robert Hildebrand

Easy to make and oh-so-flavorful. Serve this dip in an edible bread bowl or with assorted crackers, raw vegetables, or blue corn chips.

Cooking time: 2 to 4 hours
Attention: Minimal

One 8-ounce (225 g) package cream cheese, softened
1 scant cup (225 g) mayonnaise
1 pound (455 g) lump crabmeat, drained and cartilage removed

Put the softened cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl. Add mayonnaise to taste and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker. Add the crabmeat and gently stir, being careful not to shred the lumps. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 4 hours.

Stir the dip and serve it immediately, or keep it warm in the slow cooker for up to 2 hours.


Check out some more TV viewing appetizer recipes at Judy the Foodie's blog.

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365 Winter Warmer Slow Cooker Recipes

What could be better than walking in the door after a hard day’s work to a hot savory dinner, ready and waiting? A dinner that only requires three ingredients, that’s what! With the right high-quality ingredients, you can create delicious meals in a snap with 365 Winter Warmer Slow Cooker Recipes. While most slow cooker recipes require a lot of ingredients and steps before you actually “fix it and forget it,” these are truly simple recipes that can be done quickly and affordably. Just put three ingredients in your slow cooker, turn it on, and enjoy recipes such as Rosemary Lamb Stew, Chinese-Style Ribs, Coq au Vin, and Blueberry Cobbler.