Beyond the Chili: Creative Uses for Crockpots
Go to any stadium and you will find crockpot chili. Whether it's at a frigid high school football game, where the band parents are hosting the concession stand and distributing heaping ladles full of chili to a pod of shivering trombonists, or outside of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where fired-up Eagles fans fire up the chili for tailgating adventures… at the high school level or the professional level, one of the most significant common factors of all football games is crockpot chili.
Crockpots and chili are like bread and butter, but what else can you make with that suspiciously versatile little appliance? Could it be holding back on you? Is there a wealth of crockpot treasure yet to be discovered by the average American?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Crockpots are among the most valuable of all kitchen appliances when it comes to cooking healthy, high-quality meals, equally attractive to the gourmet chef and the college tailgater.
Take a look at these crock pot creations that you can make, in addition to chili:
Slow Cooker Chex Mix
What's not to love about Chex Mix, especially now that we know how to make it in a crockpot? Easy to make and to clean, this simple recipe requires mixing all ingredients into the crockpot and turning it on. Surely adults and children, alike, will go bonkers for this delicious party favorite.
Find the recipe on Unsophisticook.
Want to kick it up a notch in sophistication? How about trying the crockpot fondue recipe. Switch out the foods for dipping, or alternate between veggies, breads, and fruits, to thoroughly enjoy this warm, cheese-based experiential food.
Check out the recipe at Make A Whisk.
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts
Chestnuts have traditionally been roasted on an open fire, but this is 2018, and we can now savor the aroma indoors by roasting nuts in a crockpot. In roughly 2 hours, requiring little more than an occasional stirring, you can have homemade roasted nuts for your next event, or to pair with a nutty craft beer to enjoy at home while watching a game on TV.
See the recipe at 52 Kitchen Adventures.
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce
Apple slices, cinnamon, and lemon juice are the only three ingredients in this recipe for applesauce that can be made in a crockpot. Why consume nasty preservatives when you can make fresh applesauce to enjoy with your family on a brisk fall day using an easy method that relies on a handy little kitchen appliance?
Check out the steps at Recipes that Crock.
Slow Cooker Red Sauce
While you're at it, in keeping yourself and your family as clean as possible, dodging preservatives whenever possible, why not make the red sauce yourself? Perfect for pizzas and pastas, this delicious red sauce is made with fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection in your crockpot.
See Life As Mom for details.
The recommendations above are a mere sliver of the possibilities that exist when it comes to using the crock pot creatively. The point is that crockpots help us to eat healthy home-made foods, but life gets busy and it can be hard to shop for the perfect ingredients and then prepare the foods for cooking.
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