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.

slow cooker beef gyros

 

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.
Hot dog - All the way
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!
Cheater Chili EAH
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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Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

I created this sandwich a few weeks ago on a night when I was in a hurry.  I’ve fallen into a bad habit of working in the afternoon.  That’s not the bad part.  The bad part comes in when I finally look up at the clock and realize it’s already 5:30 and I haven’t started dinner.

I forget which meal this Italian sausage was meant for, but it worked perfectly in these sloppy joes.  And the good thing is, you probably have all the other ingredients in your pantry.

They also can be made in about 15 minutes.  Perfect!

This Italian spin on the traditional sloppy joe tastes a lot like pizza.  Which meant that my family loved them.  So did I.  They reminded me a lot of the flavor of Pizza Potpie.

I don’t have an ingredient photo this time, because I was creating in a huge hurry.  But, like I said, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  With the exception of the Italian sausage, they are all very common ingredients.   [Read more...]

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Beef Shwarma in the Slow Cooker

beef shwarma in the slow cooker

 

We loved this meal!  First, because it just tastes great.  It’s a bit of a change from the normal fare.  Tender beef cooked with mid-East flavors, stuffed in pocket bread.  I served it with cucumber-yogurt sauce instead of the more traditional tahini sauce.  Either way is delicious.

I also love that it cooks in the crockpot.  And leftovers can easily be reheated for lunch or for those nights when we are eating in shifts due to work and soccer practices.

I adapted the recipe from Chicken Shwarma.  Both are tasty, but I think I have a slight preference for this beef version.

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

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10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches

I always feel like life is supposed to slow down after the holidays, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. This is one of my go-to meals for busy days – it’s on the table ten minutes after I walk into the kitchen. You really can’t beat that!

I recommend about a quarter of a pound of roast beef per adult to make a good, hearty sandwich. And with bubbly cheese and Italian seasoning, it doesn’t feel like you’re eating “just a sandwich” for dinner.

We usually serve these along with a big salad or veggies and dip.

10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 lb. roast beef
  • 4 long rolls
  • Mayonnaise
  • Italian seasoning
  • 8 slices provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the beef broth to a large skillet over high heat. When the broth starts to steam, reduce heat to medium and add the roast beef and cover. Let warm for about five minutes, until the roast beef is no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven broiler. Slice rolls in half and place them on a baking sheet cut side up. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the top side of the buns and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  3. When the roast beef is warm, remove it from the broth using a slotted spoon or tongs and divide between the rolls. Lay two slices of cheese over the roast beef on each roll.
  4. Broil for 2-3 minutes, until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Serve with extra broth for dipping.
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Greek Pita Sandwiches

Saturdays are my sandwich days. Usually I  have a hearty soup brewing all day. So I put together a delicious and easy sandwich for lunch. This recipe came about because I had some leftovers from a greek salad and frozen meatballs in the freezer. I thought hmm…that could work. And well, it worked. It was so good! [Read more...]

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Reuben Calzone

I adore Reuben sandwiches but I’m terrible at making them myself. I always end up losing half the sandwich contents when trying to flip them. I had just about accepted that they’d be an eating-out-only treat when my husband mentioned that his Mom used to make them in calzone form.

Reubens as a calzone?

Brilliant!

It totally eliminates the everything-is-going-to-fall-out issue. It’s also easier to feed a crowd this way, since you don’t have to juggle multiple sandwiches at once.

Any recipe that calls for just 5 ingredients is an automatic short cut for cheaters.  And this recipe will freeze really well, if you want to stock your freezer and bake it another night!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Yes, only five ingredients! It’s a great in-a-pinch dinner because you can pick up all the ingredients on the way home, go through the express lane and be home cooking in no time.

Reuben Calzone

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pizza dough
  • 1/2 lb. deli-sliced corned beef
  • 8 oz. sauerkraut
  • 1/4 lb. deli-sliced swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island dressing, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Divide the ball of pizza dough in half. Roll out one half of the dough into a rectangle approximately 8"x14".
  3. Top with half of the corned beef, half of the sauerkraut and half of the swiss cheese.
  4. Roll from the long side, pinching the dough together to seal. Make sure to pinch the ends together too. Place seam-side down on a lined baking sheet.
  5. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned. Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting.
  7. Serve with Thousand Island dressing for dipping.
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Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches (inspired by Earl of Sandwich)

When we were in Disney World a few weeks ago, we had dinner one night at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney.  My oldest son and I shared a Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich.

It’s stacked with thinly sliced ham, grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, pineapple and barbeque sauce.  Amazing!

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

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Spicing Up Pre-Made Hamburger Patties

It’s not like patting out my own hamburger patties is hard, but sometimes I like the convenience of the pre-made kind.   The only problem with this is the inability to add flavors inside the patties (like adding onion soup mix or bbq or other seasonings to the meat before patting them out).

Here are a few ways to add flavor to the patties:  [Read more...]

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