If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I love a good meal that I can make in my slow cooker. In fact, Fall is my favorite time of year to put one to good use. Days are shorter, kids are busier, and the convenience of having dinner ready to go when we walk in the door after all of our running around makes life just a little bit easier. So, when Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their new Programmable Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker, of course I said yes!
Happy Almost St. Patrick’s Day!
‘Tis the season to make corned beef and cabbage for dinner. Much like Thanksgiving dinner, one of the best parts about St. Patrick’s Day dinner are the leftovers! I love good corned beef…can’t get enough of it. I love good corned beef sandwiches…can’t get enough of them either. This year, I thought I’d turn some leftovers into a fun version of one of my favorite sandwiches.
Before I started assembling my quesadillas, I prepped all of the goodies that would be tucked inside. I drained a pound of sauerkraut and then squeezed out the excess liquid with some paper towels. I was afraid that my quesadillas would become quesa-soggy with all of that juice.
Mmmm…pork, sauerkraut, and apples. There’s something about it all together that just warms the soul, and this slow cooker version is perfect for a busy, chilly fall night.
I started by browning up a 1 1/2 pound pork loin roast on the stove top. I’d sprinkled it with some salt, pepper, and dried thyme beforehand, and made sure to brown it up well on all sides.
In my slow cooker, I mixed together two pounds of drained, rinsed sauerkraut, a red onion that I’d sliced thinly, an apple that I’d chopped, and some caraway seed.
In wintertime, when the temperature drops and the holiday lights twinkle, we often look to food to help us warm up and celebrate the season. I love to entertain during the holidays, but the act of entertaining can be pretty stressful in itself. December is busy enough without throwing a major dinner party or get together into the picture. I’m always looking for easy dinner ideas that will both impress my guests and allow me time to actually spend with the people I’ve invited over. This fits the bill.