Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

This was almost the dinner that wasn’t. I had picked up the ingredients with the intention of making chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner – and then realized that I wouldn’t be home in enough time to do the prepping and cooking necessary. Slow cooker to the rescue!

These are obviously less fancy than “real” chicken Cordon Bleu, but the flavor profile is the same and using the slow cooker makes it immensely easier for a busy night – a win-win! We gobbled these sandwiches up.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ lb. deli ham, diced
  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp. Herbes de Provence (or a mixture of rosemary, thyme and oregano)
  • 11/2 cups honey mustard dressing, divided
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with ham and spices. Pour 1 cup of the dressing over. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5.
  2. Remove chicken, shred and return to the slow cooker. Stir in shreded cheese and additional dressing. Cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve on rolls.

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Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

Au Gratin Potatoes in the Slow Cooker – Make an Oven Recipe Work in the Crockpot

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One fantastic cooking trick to learn is how to change a recipe so that it can cook in the slow cooker instead of the oven – or vice versa.  Being able to do this with a recipe gives you so much more control over your time and schedule.

On Easter, I really wanted to make Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes.  I love this recipe.  It’s all from scratch and the taste is so good.  The problem is that the original recipe bakes in the oven for a medium amount of time – too long for doing after church and too short for baking the whole time we’re gone.

The answer, of course is to change up the recipe and make them in the slow cooker instead.  And I also wanted to be able to do all the prep work the day before.

The original instructions call for boiling the whole potatoes till tender, slicing them hot, making the cheese sauce and pouring that over the hot potatoes, then baking for 20 minutes.

On Saturday I boiled the potatoes and cooled them before storing in the refrigerator.  I also made the cheese sauce and put it in the fridge in a separate container.

Sunday morning it only took a few minutes to slice the cold potatoes and arrange them in a buttered crockpot, spoon the cheese sauce over the top and turn the heat to low.

I will say that the oven version has a slight edge over the slow cooker version for taste.  However, it’s such a small edge that it doesn’t override the convenience of the slow cooker at all.  We all really enjoyed this dish and I doubt that anyone else at the table even considered that they’d be better oven baked.

Here’s the recipe with the slow cooker instructions for you and here are 6 more tips on converting oven recipes to slow cooker recipes.

Au Gratin Potatoes in the Slow Cooker - Make an Oven Recipe Work in the Crockpot

Serves: 6-8 servings

This recipe allows you to prep it up to a day ahead of time. If you want to put the potatoes immediately in the crockpot without refrigerating them or the sauce, that's fine too.
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds potatoes, unpeeled
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1½ cups hot milk
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • extra cheese for the top
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water until tender. Cool and store in the fridge for up to one day.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Add the garlic and cook it for a minute over medium heat.
  4. Whisk in the flour and cook for another minute.
  5. Whisk in the hot milk, stirring constantly. Stir in the cheeses and keep stirring until it’s all melted and smooth.
  6. Cool and store the finished cheese sauce in the refrigerator for up to a day.
  7. Butter the inside of a slow cooker.
  8. Slice potatoes into ¼" slices and arrange in the crock.
  9. Spoon cheese sauce over the top.
  10. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

 

Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Tacos

Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Tacos

 

This recipe came about due to two things.

First, a friend mentioned having Korean tacos and how good they were.  I’d never tried them, but it sounded great!

Second, I wanted a homemade alternative to this Korean BBQ Mix.  We love this mix, but it’s nice to be able to make something from scratch too.

I did a little research and then altered the recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Hoisin Chicken to come up with this version of Korean BBQ Tacos.  I make no claim that these are authentic.  But I do know they are good!  Really good.

I used pork loin instead of beef or chicken, but any of those meats will work.

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

22 Slow Cooker Recipes That Can Handle Cooking All Day

22 Slow Cooker Recipes that can cook all day

A lot of times when we think of using the slow cooker, it’s because we’re leaving the house early and won’t be back until dinner. Slow cookers are great for those days, but not all recipes will work.

You need to use a recipe that can take the heat for that long and still hold up. Soups, stews, large pieces of meat (especially if it has a bone) all do well.

Another tip is to make sure you’re using a slow cooker size that’s right for the amount of food.  It should be about 3/4 full or more if you want to cook it all day.  Less than that, and the slow cooker will cook too hot, leading to overcooked food.

Here’s a list of recipes that you’ll have success with.

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African Pulled Beef Sandwiches

beef stew done

All Day Beef Stew

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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

beef and bean topped potatoes done

Beef and Bean Topped Baked Potatoes

beef shwarma in the slow cooker

Beef Shwarma

Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage (aka Mixed Bean Soup)

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans

Honey Mustard Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Easy Shredded Taco Beef

Garlic Chicken with More Garlic

pumpkin black bean chicken chili

Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

Pulled Pork

BBQ Peach Pulled Pork

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Beans for the Freezer

Chicken Cock-a-leekie Soup

Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Chicken Minestrone in the Slow Cooker

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Ham and Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker

Ham and Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut and Smoked Sausage Soup

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

 

How to Convert a Slow Cooker Recipe for Oven or Stove Top

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One trick I use in the kitchen is to match my cooking appliance to the kind of day I’m having schedule-wise.

I’m talking about fitting the dinner cooking schedule with all the other daily activities.  If I have more time to prep a meal in the morning, I’ll choose the slow cooker.

If I find myself at 5 o’clock having done no dinner prep, then it’s too late for crock-potting.  But some of my favorite recipes are slow cooker recipes.

No worries.  Almost all slow cooker recipes can be converted for making in the oven or on the stove.  Most of them started out with these traditional cooking methods anyway.

I’ve already talked about how to convert recipes into slow cooker recipes.  Here are a few tips for going the other way and using the oven and stove top.

1.  Soups

If it’s a soup, it can be made on top of the stove.  It will take a fraction of the time that the slow cooker calls for.  You’ll still want to follow the order given in a slow cooker recipe.  Meats go in first.  Creams, milks and cheeses are often added at the end of cooking time because you don’t want those to boil.

2.  Try using a Dutch oven.

A Dutch oven is a cooking pot with a tight fitting lid.  Many pots and pans sets come with a dutch oven.  Cast iron Dutch ovens are popular, especially those with enamel interiors.

Assemble the slow cooker recipe just as it calls for, but put the ingredients in a Dutch oven.  Bake at 350 degrees for for an hour or 1 1/2 hours.  Add time if it’s a large piece of meat.

3.  Casserole type recipes

Most crockpot casserole recipes started out as oven recipes.  Generally, baking in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for about 1 hour will work.

4.  Determine what the cooking time is accomplishing.

Is the time in the crockpot meant to cook meat from raw?  Or is it just for bringing something to a near boil, such as a sauce?  Answers to these questions will help you determine how much time the recipe will need on the stove or in the oven.

 

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken – in the oven or slow cooker

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken

 

This recipe for Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken is so easy.  There are just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).

You can fix it in the slow cooker or oven.

It’s great with sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  Or Hawaiian Cole Slaw.  Or Asian Broccoli Salad.  Or any salad with a poppy seed or honey mustard or berry vinaigrette dressing.

Use any cut of chicken you like.  Bone-in or boneless will work, just be sure to adjust the cook time for boneless.

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

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

4 ingredients.  The slow cooker does the work.  And my kids actually said “Wow!” when they tasted it!

This recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing is a definite winner!

The base recipes starts with something very familiar to you – chicken in the slow cooker with a jar of salsa.  I used black bean and corn salsa and started with frozen chicken tenders.

It gets interesting when you’re about ready to serve it.  Use the liquid in the slow cooker to add to a box of cornbread dressing mix.  This gives the dressing a big punch of flavor.

Top it all with shredded cheese and you have an easy winner for dinner!

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

10 Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes

Tamale Balls – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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Meatballs and sauce is one of those things that work really well in the slow cooker.  I love this interesting take on meatballs from Taste and Tell – Tamale Balls!

After making a so-so recipe, Deborah went back to the drawing board to end up with this winner!

She combined ground meat, cornmeal and Mexican seasonings into meatballs that taste like tamales.  I can’t wait to try this recipe for myself.

Click here to see the recipe for Tamale Meatballs on Taste and Tell!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day 88 in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

 

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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