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Easy slow cooker party recipes

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Let your crockpot do the work

You don't want to slave over the stove while your guests enjoy the big game. Prepare party food ahead of time and put the slow cooker to work. Crockpot foods are tender, delicious and virtually impossible to overcook!

Pulled pork sandwich

When it comes to slow cooking, traditional dishes like pot roast, stews and casseroles never fail. You can take this no-fail concept and make it your own. "Aim to go different with your traditional food," suggests Krystle Nicole Russin, author of The Non-Diet Real Cookbook: Easy Recipes to Stay Skinny Eating Anything You Want and Learn How to Cook!

Add Indian spice to your roast. Substitute venison for beef. Or go vegetarian and replace the meat with extra sauce, rice, veggies, herbs and so on, says Russin. "The possibilities are endless!" Try Russin's simple pulled pork recipe:

Pulled pork sandwiches

  • 3 pounds pork shoulder meat
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Add ingredients to slow cooker, cover and simmer on low for 6-8 hours. Stir every 30-45 minutes. Remove pork when tender and drain fat from the bottom of the pot. Use forks to pull apart the pork and return it to the slow cooker to keep warm. Serve with seeded hamburger buns.

Try using pork in chili >>

Tacos are another great party food but not if they require you to stand guard over a skillet of ground beef. Try this easy slow cooker recipe instead:

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Shredded beef tacos

  • 2 pounds London broil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 beef boullion cubes
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper

Place beef in the slow cooker. Puree remaining ingredients in a blender and pour over meat. Cook, covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until beef easily pulls apart. Remove meat from slow cooker and shred it with two forks. Return shredded beef to the slow cooker and keep warm. Serve with hard or soft taco shells and traditional taco toppings.

Turn tacos into appetizers by making them smaller >>

Pull out a second crockpot and make dessert ahead of time, too. Your guests will appreciate the option of helping themselves... just in case they want seconds (or thirds)! This delicious recipe takes just three steps.

Crock pot apple pie

  • 8 tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp real vanilla
  • 1/2 Bisquick
  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cold butter

Toss apples with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg and add to lightly greased crockpot. In a bowl, combine milk, softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and 1/2 cup Bisquick. Spoon over apples. Combine 1 cup Bisquick and brown sugar. Cut cold butter into mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture and cook, covered, on low for 6-7 hours or until apples are soft. Serve in bowls with optional vanilla ice cream and/or caramel.

Make crockpot pumpkin butter as a take-home treat for your guests >>

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