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How to Host a Swanky Oscars Party with Little Effort

The Oscars are just around the corner, which means it's time to start planning your elegant Academy Awards party for your film fanatic friends. In addition to donning your best formal wear and laying out a red carpet, you'll need to take extra care when planning and serving treats for your guests. 

As you're planning your Oscars menu, search for simple - yet visually pleasing - appetizers you can prepare and serve in your Crock-Pot® Hook Up® Connectable Entertaining System, which allows you to cook more than one dish at a time.

Looking for inspiration? Try one of these tasty treats to start, courtesy of Crock-Pot Girl™ Jenn Bare.

Slow Cooker Mushroom Crostini
Serve these savory pastries along with your favorite glass of white wine, as the buttery flavors complement each other well.

You'll need:

  • 1 pound of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sliced French bread

Combine mushrooms, olive oil, white wine, green onions and garlic in the slow cooker, then cover and cook for 4 to 6 hours on low. When the filling is done cooking, place slices of bread on an oven sheet. In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then coat the liquid on your bread slices. Allow the bread to toast, then serve with the mushroom filling. 

Slow Cooker Overnight Apple Butter
This is the perfect dressing for crackers, bread or biscuits. 

You'll need:

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
  • 2 1/2 pounds chopped and peeled apples

Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker, then allow the mixture to cook for 10 hours on low. Spoon out one-third of the mix into a sieve, discard the pulp, and continue with the rest of the mixture until it's all been sieved. Place the ingredients back in the slow cooker and allow the butter to cook for an additional 1 1/2 hours on high.

Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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