Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Crock Pot Caramel & Nut filled Apples

This is a great recipe...simple and tasty! And healthier choice to eating chips and dips during the big game.

Caramel & Nut Filled Apples

4 Tablespoon chopped nuts, your choice
4 large tart apples (thanks Rosemary for the tips on apples)
1/2 cup apple juice
8 Tablespoons brown sugar
12 hot cinnamon candies (Red Hots)
4 Tablespoons butter (cut the stick of butter into 4 - 1 Tablespoon slices)
8 Caramel Candies
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

You will want to core the apples and remove about a 1/2-inch strip of apple peel of the top of each apple. Fill each apple with 2 Tablespoon brown sugar that is mixed with 1 Tablespoon of nuts, 2 cinnamon candies, 1 Tablespoon butter, and 2 caramel candies. (I mix the ingredients for each apple in a small bowl, so that everything is mix together before putting them inside the apples.) Pour Apple juice into the crock pot. Place the apples inside the crock pot. Sprinkle each apple with cinnamon. Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours. You want the apples to be tender. Serve hot...

I happen to like caramel, so I will melt some caramel and pour it over each apple after they have cooked. And you can serve this with whipped cream or ice cream also.

Happy Slow Cooking! Enjoy and Hugs...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tailgating and slow cooking

Even as big a fan of slow cooking as I am, I have to say that I was amazed to know that they have made a crock pot that you can plug into your lighter plug in your car! How amazing is that? Now you can crock pot while you tailgate...I love it...I might just crock pot while I Christmas shop this year or on my next road trip..

The RaodPro is only 1.5 quarts, so no full meat and potatoes kind of meals, but you can make soups, chili, barbecued beans or meatballs for meatball great is this?

So just for the RoadPro, (and the Super Bowl), I thought I would post some recipes that would work for a tailgating partying...

First, frozen meatballs and your favorite barbecue sauce in the crock pot on LOW for 4 hours, then you can dip the meatballs out and put them on sub buns and put some mozzarella cheese on them...quick and easy...

Second, Baked Beans

2 1/2 cups Dried Great Northern Beans
4 cups Water
1 (15 oz) can Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 Small onion, chopped small
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Salt to taste

The night before - Rinse and drain the dry beans. Put rinsed beans in crock pot and pour the 4 cups of water over beans. Cook on LOW over night (at least 8 hours).

The next morning - stir in all other ingredients, cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.

If you are doing the tailgating...cook beans the night before and then you can mix everything in the morning and start cooking 6 hours before the game by plugging that RoadPro into your truck...

Happy Slow Cooking! Enjoy and Hugs!