Hearty Southern Favorites to Make in Your Slow Cooker
There are a few things Southerners excel at: watching college football, speaking with endearing accents and cooking. Whether they're deep frying Oreos or sautéing collard greens like you've never seen, those who live below the Mason-Dixon line are no strangers to hearty family cuisine.
If you're looking to introduce a little Southern style in your home, use your Crock-Pot® Casserole Crock™ Slow Cooker to whip up one of these delicious dishes.
Deep Fried Chicken Casserole
When it comes to Southern cooking, no menu is complete without a little fried chicken. But try this unconventional spin on the classic dish to truly impress your friends. Don't forget to serve with some steamed vegetables to make the meal a bit more nutritious!
For the fried chicken, you'll need:
- 3 chicken breasts, thawed and cut into strips
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the casserole, you'll need:
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 loaf of bread, cubed
- 1/2 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 1/2 cup water
- Salt and pepper to taste
Begin by frying your chicken. In a large bowl, mix eggs and milk together with a fork, ensuring all pieces are well-blended. Place flour, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a large plastic bag, then use your hands to knead ingredients together. Put strips of chicken in the liquid mix, then transfer to the bag. Coat the chicken entirely in the flour mixture, then place it into a skillet filled with heated vegetable oil. When pieces have turned golden brown, remove them from the oil.
Coat the bottom of your slow cooker with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients - except for the bread - until they're thoroughly mixed. Cut your fried chicken into bite-sized pieces, then put them in the slow cooker. Top with your casserole mix, half of a loaf of bread, cover, and cook for 4 to 5 hours on low or 2 to 3 hours on high.
Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole
Crock-Pot Girl™ Jenn Bare knows how to use the slow cooker to make a Southern style casserole, as evidenced by her Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole. Try this scrumptious dish next time you're attending a brunch with your friends.
- 8 tablespoons butter, divided
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 26 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
- 8 ounces Colby cheese, shredded
Place 2 tablespoons butter at the bottom of a saucepan, then heat until it has melted. Add 2 tablespoons flour, poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk the ingredients together until they become thickened, then add milk. Don't stop whisking until the mixture is completely blended. In a small jar, add chicken broth and 2 tablespoons of flour - seal the lid and shake until the ingredients are smooth and thick - then pour into the saucepan. Don't stop mixing, but bring the pan to a boil and stir for 2 minutes.
Pour the mixture into your slow cooker, then add 6 tablespoons butter, onion, cheese and hash browns. Use a spoon to blend all ingredients, then cover and cook for 4-6 hours on low, or 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on high.