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The Most Romantic Meals You Can Slow Cook

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A table for two at an expensive restaurant with a scenic view to boot is a lovely gesture, but making Valentine's Day dinner may just be the most romantic gift of all. There's something both charming and sentimental about setting your own dining room table - lit by only candlelight - for two. Preparing your valentine a homemade meal is the real way to his or her heart.

However, on the night of all things passion and love, the last thing you want to do is spend all night in the kitchen with various pots and pans and timers. And, when you enable the help of your slow cooker, it practically does all of the work for you! Slow cooking gives you time and flexibility so that no matter what your schedule is on Valentine's Day, you can have the entire meal ready and waiting for you when you get home. Give yourself more time to laugh, talk and reminisce with your darling by opting to slow cook and trying one of these romantic meals in your Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker:

Lemon, Dill and Feta Lamb Shanks
The cornerstone of gourmet dining and the perfect pairing to red wine, lamb is ideal for serving on the national holiday of love and affection. This dish is made best in your Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker so that you can seamlessly switch from browning the lamb to slow cooking, all in the same appliance with just the touch of a button.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lamb shanks (about 4 1/2 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 dill sprigs plus 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced and seeds picked out
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Cooked orzo, for serving

Directions

  1. Select the Brown/Sauté function, and set the temperature to high.
  2. Allow Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker, to preheat.
  3. Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper, and coat lightly with flour, dusting off extra.
  4. Add olive oil to the Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker, and once hot, add lamb shanks.
  5. Cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  6. Press Start/Stop and change program, selecting Slow Cook function.
  7. Add chicken broth, dill sprigs, garlic, onion and lemon.
  8. Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours, until the lamb is tender.
  9. Move the lamb to shallow dishes to keep warm.
  10. Skim fat from cooking juices.
  11. Mix lemon juice with 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped dill, and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Spoon juices, lemon and onion over lamb shanks.
  13. Serve over a bed of orzo, and top with feta cheese before serving.
Impress your loved one with this lamb recipe.Impress your loved one with this lamb recipe.

Brown Butter Linguine with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
There is no shortage of romantic movies featuring a shared plate of spaghetti or linguine in a cozy, dim lit Italian restaurant. Recreate the scene in your own home with your loved one and this rich linguine recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces linguine noodles
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 

Directions

  1. Select the Brown/Sauté function, and set the temperature to high.
  2. Allow Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker to preheat.
  3. Wash and half Brussels sprouts.
  4. Toss with olive oil and lemon pepper.
  5. Add Brussels sprouts to Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker, and heat until lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Remove Brussels sprouts and set aside.
  7. Brown butter with Italian seasoning.
  8. Press start/stop and change program, selecting Slow Cook function.
  9. Add Brussels sprouts back to Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker, and coat with flour.
  10. Cover with chicken broth.
  11. Slow Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 7 hours, until Brussels sprouts are tender.
  12. Add linguine noodles and heavy cream to Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker.
  13. Cover and cook on high for another 30 to 60 minutes, until liquid is completely soaked up.
  14. Stir two to three times during this final cooking time so noodles cook evenly.
  15. When finished, pasta should be al dente.

Chocolate Lava Cake
As the most fervent edible display of love, chocolate is the only choice for concluding your Valentine's dinner. Make this melt-in-your-mouth chocolate lava cake in your Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package triple chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 to 2/3 cups water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional
  • Sliced strawberries, for topping

Directions

  1. Select the Slow Cook function and set the temperature to low.
  2. Allow Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker to preheat.
  3. Use an electric mixer to combine cake mix, water, eggs and canola oil in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour mixture into Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker.
  5. In another bowl, combine milk and pudding mix.
  6. Pour over cake batter, without mixing.
  7. Top with chocolate chips.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until cake is set.
  9. If desired, top with vanilla ice cream and sliced strawberries.

Bonus Tip: If you want to make a liqueur-filled lava cake, you can replace 1/4 cup milk with a chocolate-flavored liqueur when making the cake batter.

Make this brown butter linguine dish with roasted Brussels sprouts.Make this brown butter linguine dish with roasted Brussels sprouts.
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 call 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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