I love my slow cooker. I add ingredients to the ceramic crock, and when I return, there’s a prepared entrée or even a complete meal. My slow cooker is a life saver on busy weeknights. Since this is October, a month being referred to as “Crocktober” in certain circles, I decided to share four of Patty Cake’s Pantry’s favorite slow cooker appetizer recipes. After all, there are many reasons to gather together this month. In addition to Halloween, there’s football and the World Series
These recipes are great to put together when you’re entertaining a large group because, with the exception of the stuffed mushrooms, all you need to do is pour the ingredients into the slow cooker, and let them take care of themselves. I don’t know about you, but I would rather visit with my guests that be trapped in the kitchen.
Here are four of our favorite slow cooker appetizer recipes.
These are always served on either Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve in our house. Some years they are served on both days. In fact, Baker’s Man requests them for our holiday parties. It’s surprising that with only three ingredients, these meatballs are loaded with flavor, and they’re a definite crowd pleaser. An appetizer for a crowd can’t get much easier than this, and if you’re feeding a larger crowd, the recipe doubles easily. The only adjustment necessary may be a slightly longer cooking time for a larger quantity of meatballs.
This recipe requires the most effort to make, but it’s worth it. We love making Stuffed Mushrooms in our oven, but if the oven is otherwise occupied, like on Thanksgiving Day, preparing stuffed mushrooms in the slow cooker is a great alternative. I think that one of the newer model, rectangular shaped, slow cookers, which are more shallow, would be the ideal way to prepare these because it has a larger surface area and would hold more mushrooms at a time. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get one of those, yet.
Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite recipes. Whenever Baker’s Man and I go out to eat, if we get an appetizer, it’s almost always Spinach Artichoke dip. This recipe is easy to make, tastes delicious, and goes great with tortilla chips and a bowl full of salsa. (Follow the link for my recipe for Faux Homemade Salsa.)
This dip is one of the most requested recipes here at Patty Cake’s Pantry. For a while, it was requested for every pot luck at work. Fortunately, other people in my department have the recipe, but everyone makes it their own by using a different cheese or dressing. This is delicious served with large pieces of celery, tortilla chips, or crackers. Celery is my favorite, but Baker’s Man prefers the tortilla chips.
Slow cooker appetizer recipes are an excellent choice when entertaining because they allow you to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. Each of these recipes is unique, but all of them are great for serving to crowds. Whether your gathering is a holiday party, or watching a televised sporting event, give one of these slow cooker appetizer recipes a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.
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