- If you’re entertaining this Labor Day weekend, set-it-and-forget-it dishes can be a lifesaver.
- From ribs to pulled pork, these slow-cooker recipes are perfect for summer gatherings.
- Chungah Rhee of Damn Delicious says slow cookers are great for whipping up delicious dips.
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To take the dish to the next level, top your meat with barbecue sauce and slaw before sandwiching it between two fluffy brioche buns or potato rolls. Or, use the carnitas to make tacos.
Then, mix together the dressing for your potato salad as you normally would, such as mayonnaise, dill, whole grain mustard, and a splash of red wine vinegar.
“You can just free up so much of your time by using a slow cooker and hang out with your guests instead of laboring in the kitchen,” Rhee continued. “Especially for side dishes or dips. You put it all together, set the time and it comes out ready to go.”
Rhee’s advice for someone using a slow cooker for the first time this summer for entertaining is actually to start out with a dip or side dish.
“If for some reason it doesn’t turn out, because we all know that can happen using an appliance for the first time, it’s not detrimental to your dinner party being a success,” she said.
Laidlaw’s recipe for slow-cooked braised brisket includes garlic, onion, dry red wine, carrot, and chicken or beef stock, with a chimichurri sauce.
Top your brats with a little sauerkraut and put them on buns for a delicious summer dish.
Add seasoned chicken breasts to the slow cooker and cover with your preferred Buffalo sauce. Then add a splash of ranch dressing and a cube of butter and toss your chicken breasts in the mixture to coat fully, and cook until the chicken is shreddable. You can use it for Buffalo chicken sliders, salads, or tacos.
To make them crisp up, add a cornstarch and water mixture to your slow cooker after they’re cooked through, mix, and broil them for a few minutes in the oven.
Place your seasoned, raw meatballs into the slow cooker, top with sauce, and let the slow cooker finish them off, says one recipe by Spend With Pennies. Serve them on their own with toothpicks or stuff them inside toasted sub rolls for a meatball sandwich.