Fall is the time for slow cookers to come out of hiding; not only does the chilly air and earlier evenings prompt cravings for warm comfort foods (think soups, stews and chilis), but it’s also the season to get busy – between school and work schedules, after-school activities and the upcoming holiday season, there seems to be less time than usual to pull together a decent dinner. When days get longer and shorter simultaneously, your Crock Pot could very well become your new best friend. Your mealtime wingman.
If you don’t yet have one (or if you do, but are looking to upgrade), we’re giving away a brand-new Crock Pot 6 Qt Oval Countdown Slow Cooker with Little Dipper!
* Ideal for 5-6 people
* Removable embossed stoneware in the perfect serving solution
* Programmable touchpad selects temperature setting and cook time in 30 minute increments up to 20 hours
* Bonus Little Dipper warmer for perfect for heating and serving hot dips, fondues and sauces
* Countdown timer continuously displays remaining cook time so you can plan the rest of your meal.
* Auto-shift to “warm” setting.
To enter, leave a comment about what you like to make in your slow cooker, or what you aspire to create when you get one! I’ll draw a name at random at 12 midnight EST on Wednesday, October 13th. Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!
If you have a slow cooker already, you probably already know this: they’re not limited to soups, stews and chilis. The long, slow cooking time works well for everything from cook an entire chicken to act as a bain marie to gently cook crème brulée. Once you get comfortable with it you’ll be amazed at the realm of possibilities, and it may just take up permanent residence on you countertop. (They’re attractive enough now – you don’t need to hide them in the basement.)
A slow cooker even makes it easy to make butter chicken from scratch – can you think of anything better to come home to at the end of the day? And if you find yourself with roast turkey leftovers in the future, this is a great way to repurpose them.
Butter Chicken (or Turkey) with Spinach
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 28 oz (796 mL) can diced tomatoes
2-3 Tbsp. tomato paste
4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
2-3 tsp. curry paste or powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2-3 cups roughly chopped or shredded leftover roast chicken or turkey
4 cups fresh spinach
1 cup plain full-fat yogurt, half & half, whipping cream or any combination of these (or more or less to taste)
chopped peanuts or cashews, for sprinkling on top (optional)
Put everything but the spinach and yogurt in the Crock Pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours (if you want to start with raw chicken use skinless thighs cook for 6-8 hours on low). When you’re ready to eat, tear in the spinach, stir until it wilts, and stir in the yogurt or cream. Serve immediately over rice. Serves 4-6.