The Best Ways to Put Your Slow Cooker to use this Black Friday
If you're joining in on the tradition of Black Friday this year, there are a few great ways to put your slow cooker to use to make your life a little bit easier. Create a protein filled slow-cooked breakfast to start your day of shopping off right. Cook up your favorite meal in your slow cooker while you're gone and, even use your slow cooker to create festive drinks when you return!
The Night Before
A day of shopping requires a lot of energy and chances are you'll be waking up extra early to beat the crowds on Black Friday. Prepare this breakfast casserole in your Crock-Pot® Smart-Pot® 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker the night before and you'll wake up to a protein-packed egg dish that will keep you shopping all day long.
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 6 strips of bacon
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 2 pounds hash brown potatoes, frozen and thawed
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- Salt and pepper, to taste.
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes, flipping occasionally, until browned. Drain bacon slices and crumble. In another skillet, heat the onion, red pepper and garlic. Stir potatoes into the mixture, cook for several minutes and remove from heat. Spoon 1/3 of the potato mixture into your slow cooker, follow by 1/3 of the cheese and 1/3 of the bacon. Repeat these layers two more times. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, dill, salt and pepper. Pour into slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours overnight. The meal will be ready to serve when you wake up eager to take on Black Friday!
While You Shop
When it comes to Black Friday, no matter what your plans are you can never know just how long you'll be out there battling the crowds of shoppers. That's why the Crock-Pot® 6-Quart. Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo® will be your best friend this upcoming Friday. Whether you'll be soaking up the sales for 3 hours or for the entire day, the free WeMo App allows you to adjust and change the temperature and time settings on your slow cooker from whatever shopping line you're in! Simply prepare the ingredients before leaving the house, add them to your slow cooker, access your WeMo app and you'll have a warm, tasty meal waiting for you and your hungry fellow shoppers when you get home from a long day of bargain hunting.
When You Return
After returning from a long day of battling traffic, long lines and the frenzy of holiday shopping you'll likely not only be hungry for a good meal but thirsty for a good drink as well. There are a number of seasonal drinks you can stir up in your slow cooker but this recipe for rich and creamy hot chocolate might just be the best.
- 1 cup premium cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 4 cups light cream
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup cup bittersweet chocolate pieces, chopped
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Hot fudge topping, optional.
In your slow cooker, combine the cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Add in the hot water and stir slowly until it becomes thick. Mix in whole milk and light cream. Cover and heat on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove cover and add in bittersweet chocolate pieces, stirring until completed melted. Blend in vanilla before serving. If you don't wish to serve the hot chocolate immediately, cover and keep on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Ladle into mugs, drizzle hot fudge on top if desired and enjoy!