Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburgers

Burgers are a summer staple in our house – they’re so easy and versatile that they make an appearance at least once a week on our dinner plans. But, there are always those nights when it’s so humid and sticky and gross that standing over the grill sounds like the worst idea ever. And when it’s like that outside, who really wants to turn on the stove and heat up inside?

These are the perfect burgers for nights like that.

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The slow cooker won’t heat up the house, but you can still get a really great burger out of it. The trick? Making sure the patties aren’t sitting in their own grease. I roll up foil and make a mini grill-grate on the bottom of my slow cooker to boost them up just enough.

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Then, I just lay my burger patties on top. I can fit four quarter-pound burgers in my four-quart slow cooker. If you want to cook more, just make a second layer of foil and stack them up.   [Read more...]

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Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa

There’s something about the warm weather that suddenly makes me feel like I’m living on some gorgeous, tropical island. As soon as summer hits, Caribbean-inspired meals end up making it into our dinner rotation a lot more often. Usually, this means lots of grilling – but some days the convenience of the slow cooker just wins out.

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This dish is inspired by a lunch we had on vacation in Honduras a few years ago. The combo of spicy jerk chicken paired with the cool cucumber mango salsa is perfect for summer. And, it couldn’t be easier. The chicken can be prepped in about five minutes before I walk out the door for work and the salsa only takes another ten minutes or so when I get home – which means more time to get outside and enjoy the summer sun!   [Read more...]

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches
When we have Italian Sausage, I usually serve it over pasta. Ragú recently asked me to give a twist on a traditional dish, so I decided to serve the Italian sausage and peppers on buns instead. And I wanted to use the slow cooker for the recipe too. I love my slow cooker!

The Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce made it a cinch to prep this meal. And it tasted fantastic!

I toasted the buns in the oven, then topped them with the Italian sausage and peppers in rich tomato sauce, covering it all with slices of provolone cheese.

The boys in my house especially loved this meal. The leftovers got finished off as a night time snack. Anyone else have teenage sons who eat two dinners?

Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches:

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low
Ready In: 5-8 hours

  • 2 lbs. sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 jar Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 8 hoagie rolls, toasted
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese
  1. In a skillet, brown the sausage on all sides.
  2. Place sausge, onion, peppers, Ragu and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
  4. Serve sausage and peppers on hoagie rolls, topped with cheese.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

I’ve really been loving hot sandwiches lately. Sandwiches – in general – are always one of my go-tos on busy days, but since it’s been so cold, I’ve been highly favoring hot meals. A nice, toasty sandwich that I can have in hand in just a few minutes? Sounds perfect.

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These easy sandwiches are actually something I came up with in college – a quick way to feed a crowd. They’ve got the flavors of the fancy restaurant chicken cordon bleu with a fraction of the effort. With only five ingredients, it’s something you can easily pick up to make on your way home from work. I usually serve it along with potato chips and a big green salad for dinner, but these would also make a great munchies for a party.

For these, I bought already-cooked grilled chicken to speed up the prep a little more, but you can cook your own and dice or shred it up.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

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Tuna Melt Sliders

When I was little, I remember celebrating Christmas Eve at my Aunt and Uncle’s house.  The food was always pitch-in style, with everyone bringing something.  One thing that showed up year after year was tuna melt sandwiches.

It seems like such a simple thing to have on Christmas Eve, but it fit in just fine with the hot sub sandwiches and other fun snack foods that were shared.  And the tuna melts became part of Christmas Eve for me, just because they showed up for several years in a row.  

Isn’t there a saying about how most of life is just showing up?  I guess it’s just as true for tuna melts as for people.

This is not the same recipe that my mom made when I was little.  I decided to use cheddar instead of Velveeta.  And I threw in some Kraft Mayonnaise instead of the butter that mom used.  

Mom always made them on hamburger buns.  I found some slider buns at the store.  They were the perfect size to serve with soup.

Right now, you can get some coupons to use on Kraft Mayonnaise and Kraft cheese.  You can save up to $20 and the coupons are only redeemable at Target stores.  Saving money makes these little tuna melts an even better deal!

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

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Peach Pork BBQ Sliders Topped with Apple Cole Slaw

When King’s Hawaiian asked me to create a recipe using their dinner rolls, I had a couple of ideas.  I first made sticky pecan rolls.  They were marvelous, but not very photogenic.  So, I went back to the drawing board and decided to try a twist on bbq sliders.

These little sandwiches make use of one of the slow cooker freezer meals that is part of our November plans.  The Peach BBQ Pork couldn’t be easier and the flavor is outstanding.

I paired the pork with Apple Cole Slaw with sweet vinegar dressing.  It’s really easy to make, but the addition of the apple gives a great flavor.  It goes great with the pork and the King’s Hawaiian rolls too.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

The pork and bbq ingredients aren’t in the photo.  I already had it going in the slow cooker.

For the Pork

  • 2 1/2 – 3 lbs. pork roast or tenderloin
  • 16 oz bottle barbecue sauce
  • 16 oz peach salsa
  1. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker.  
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred cooked meat to serve.

For the Apple Cole Slaw

  • 16 oz bag cole slaw mix
  • handful chopped parsely
  • ​1 apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs. vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Stir cole slaw mix, parsley and apple together.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid.  Give it a good shake to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw and toss.

Two Packs of King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Serve Peach BBQ Pork on split King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls.  Top bbq with slaw.

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

This is another one of those super simple, easily adaptable recipes.  In fact, I can think of three different ways to serve it.  All of them would be delish.  We chose the simplest serving method – sandwiches.

But you could also make the pork and gravy and serve it as whole pork chops with your favorite sides.  Then repurpose the leftovers as sandwiches.

Or you could make open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes. Like a Manhattan.  I think there are other terms for this type of sandwich, but I can’t think of them right now.  Leave a comment if you know of some.

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

 

I used 2.5 lbs of boneless pork chops and 1 jar of gravy.  If you like it more gravy-ish, just add a second jar.  And if you’re serving them as open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes, you’ll want the second jar of gravy.

For a side dish, I cooked some farmer’s market veggies in a skillet.  It was a quick meal that we really liked.

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This really can’t get any easier!  I love recipes like this.

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs. boneless pork chops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme, optional
  • 12 oz jar pork gravy (use a second jar if you like more gravy)
  • buns

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except buns in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred meat and serve on buns.
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Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – an easy twist on an old favorite!

Does it get any easier than tossing chicken in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce?  It’s a classic and a family favorite.  This recipe is really more of a twist on serving the barbecue chicken.  You start with those same two ingredients, but the sandwiches get bumped up a notch with the addition of pineapple slices and cheese.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

 

I had intended to make another recipe I have for Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches.  That recipe uses grilled chicken and ham.  It’s not hard, but I was feeling super lazy.  Plus, I’m loving using the slow cooker lately!

So I cooked the chicken with our favorite barbecue sauce in the slow cooker.  At dinner time, I shredded the chicken and served it on toasted buns, topped with sliced pineapple and provolone.  A quick turn under the broiler and they were ready to eat.

Oh my goodness!  The pineapple and provolone really set these sandwiches apart from plain bbq chicken sandwiches.  It added so much flavor to the meal and it’s an easy step.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – an easy twist on an old favorite!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – an easy twist on an old favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 - 2.5 lbs. boneless chicken breast
  • 1-2 cups barbecue sauce
  • hoagie buns
  • pineapple slices
  • provolone cheese slices

Instructions

  1. Put the chicken and bbq sauce in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred meat with a fork.
  4. Toast buns.
  5. Place meat on buns. Top with pineapple and cheese.
  6. Broil until cheese melts.
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Slow Cooker Beef Gyros – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

I have made several different versions of gyros sandwiches.  I’ve made them with chicken.  I have a meatball version in my ebook.  But this time I wanted to try making a beef version.  And because we’re focusing on the slow cooker this summer, of course I had to use my favorite small appliance to make them.

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Every time I make gyros, I serve them with this simple cucumber/yogurt sauce.  I know there are other toppings, but this one is so easy and I don’t have to look up how to make it.  Easy cooking is how I roll.

The ingredients for these Beef Gyros are simple too.  You probably have everything you need in your pantry now, with the exception of dried mint leaves.

Here’s what you’l need (minus the garlic, which didn’t make it into the photo):   [Read more...]

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‘Cheater’ Chili – for hot dogs and more! – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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We love a good cheater recipe around here!  Kim has a fantastically easy version of Chili for hot dogs.  You’re going to love this recipe.  Bonus: there are 3 different methods for cooking it.  Check out the notes on the recipe and choose what works for you.
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Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to hot dog toppings. For me, I want a grilled hot dog, loaded with chili, onions, mustard, ketchup, and slaw….yummmm!  With grilling season under way, and lots of cook outs planned for July 4th, I wanted to share this super simple chili recipe I recently made. You only need THREE ingredients…a couple of pantry staples and ground beef…that’s it!
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I used one can of Hunt’s Seasoned Tomato Sauce for Chili and one can of Manwich Sauce (for Sloppy Joes). My original intent was to use this as a base, but I was pleasantly surprised to find I didn’t need to add anything but the ground beef! It had a great flavor, and was perfect for our hot dogs! I received lots of compliments on it too.  I also think this could easily be made in the slow cooker, but someone would need to be available to give it a stir once in a while to break up the meat.

‘Cheater’ Chili – for hot dogs and more!

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce seasoned for chili
  • 1 (15 oz) can Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce- original
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add tomato sauce and Manwich sauce in a large pot.
  2. Add 2 lbs ground beef, breaking into chunks.
  3. Heat on medium high heat until boiling.
  4. Stir and break up meat frequently.
  5. Once beef is broken down to small pieces, reduce heat and simmer for approx. 30 mins.
  6. Stir occasionally while simmering.
  7. Add cayenne pepper, to taste, if desired.

Notes

To make entirely in the slow cooker, place all ingredients in the crock. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Stir every hour or two to break up the meat.

Or start with ground beef that has already been cooked. Stir it together with the other ingredients and heat on low for 3-4 hours.

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If you want a little spicy kick to your chili, you could add in some cayenne pepper! I made this chili the night before my cookout, and heated it up in my crock pot the day of. This also kept the chili nice and warm without tying up my stove top.
How do you eat your hot dogs?!
KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She has three children, ages 12, 10 and 5; 2 fur babies, and blogs about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

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