Cooking The Perfect Side Dishes In The Slow Cooker |
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Cooking The Perfect Side Dishes In The Slow Cooker | How To Cook In Pain – Easter is almost here and whether you live with chronic pain or not, you may be busy getting ready for the big Sunday family dinner. Maybe you’re cooking for a few friends, or you’re having your extended family over for a nice ham dinner. Maybe you’ve been asked to bring a dish or two to the church potluck dinner. In any case, there’s no need to stress about getting everything cooked and keeping it hot and ready, while hurting. There’s an easy way to cook up delicious sides without all the stress – in your slow cooker.
One of the big advantages of using your crock pot is that you end up with a dish that’s very portable and it’s easy to keep it warm. Just keep it plugged in until your guests arrive or when you get to your dinner destination. It also leaves your oven free to bake the ham and maybe even a pie or two for dessert.
There are all sorts of delicious side dishes you can make in your slow cooker. If you like potatoes with your ham, try making a batch of creamy mashed potatoes in there, or how about some cheesy scalloped potatoes. Macaroni and cheese is always a big hit with the kids around here. You can even repurpose your crockpot as a rice cooker and whip up a yummy flavored rice dish for the dinner table.
Let’s not forget about the vegetables. You can cook up all sorts of delicious vegetable dishes and casserole style sides right in your slow cooker. Root vegetables are particularly suitable for long and slow cooking. Try fixing your glazed carrots or a mix of potatoes, carrots, turnips and onions seasoned with garlic and rosemary mixed with a little olive oil and cooked on low for 8 hours or until all the vegetables are tender.
Cauliflower and broccoli in cheese sauce is always a big hit. Brussels sprouts or asparagus slowly steamed in the slow cooker is incredibly delicious. Don’t forget about casseroles. Most of your holiday favorites can easily be adapted to slow cooker use. You can either search for a crock pot specific version of your family’s favorite casseroles, or follow the tip below.
To adapt your favorite casserole recipe for the slow cooker, cook it on high for 4 hours for every hour you would bake it in the oven. Precook your meat before adding it and add most vegetables raw, at the beginning of the cooking process. Spring vegetables like peas, summer squash, zucchini etc. only need about 2 hours to cook, so add them later. Reserve toppings for the last 30 to 45 minutes.
Cooking your favorite holiday side dishes in the slow cooker is super easy. Give it a try this Easter and see if you can’t free up some valuable oven space in the process and save your much needed energy.
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