Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes For Entertaining by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann

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  • Venison stew with dried cherries

    • Christine on April 02, 2016

      My first time trying venison and this was a really excellent introduction. I did make some changes though since I was making do with what I had on hand -- I omitted the celery, orange, and juniper berries; and substituted chicken broth for beef broth, shallots for onions, and apple juice for brandy. (I didn't have any brandy and found this non-alcoholic substitution suggestion online.) I made 1/3 of this recipe to serve 3 people vs. the larger group the recipe was intended for. All the ingredients fit well into my 3.5 quart slow cooker. I didn't have quite enough potatoes and would definitely use the full amount next time. For the wine, I used a Merlot. I also omitted the balsamic vinegar accidentally as it was to be added at the very end and I forgot. Clearly, this is a pretty flexible recipe -- even with ingredients missing and others changed, it came out really well. My Dad went from super skeptical due to a previous bad experience with venison to declaring it really good!

  • Apple crumble with maple crème fraîche

    • Nancith on April 17, 2016

      This was tastier than expected, although next time, I will use less sugar, as it seemed overly sweet. The topping, except for a small section, was surprisingly crunchy and nicely textured for having been cooked in a slow cooker. Did not have crème fraîche so I used light sour cream, a little buttermilk plus the maple syrup, which while being a little soupy, worked out quite well as the topping.

  • Carrots glazed with marmalade, brown sugar, and butter

    • Nancith on December 27, 2019

      Flavor is good with these carrots, & they went over well with a holiday crowd, but they were not glazed after cooking; they were surrounded by a very watery liquid, which was not visually appealing. Substituted apricot preserves for more than half the orange marmalade for taste preference, but have made these before w/ all marmalade with same watery result.

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  • ISBN 10 1558323112
  • ISBN 13 9781558323117
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  • Published Sep 25 2007
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 480
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Harvard Common Press

Publishers Text

The authors of the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook have returned with the ultimate slow cooker entertaining cookbook. This fabulous collection of 300-plus recipes demonstrates how invaluable slow cookers are as entertaining tools. They allow home cooks to expand their weekend-entertaining options, but even more than that, they make weeknight entertaining easy and enjoyable.

The recipes, which all use fresh, wholesome ingredients, are designed to suit every entertaining style, from casual to formal, and were specially created to serve larger groups of people. They cover everything from hors d'oeuvres and drinks to soups and chilis to main dishes, sides, and desserts, and range from contemporary updates of slow cooker classics, such as Hot Spinach Dip and New-Fashioned Pot Roast with Fresh Rosemary, to more adventurous, innovative dishes, such as Fondue with Sparkling Apple Cider and Braised Pheasant with Mushrooms in Riesling. In addition, this is the only slow cooker cookbook that includes many tips and techniques on how to use the slow cooker for a wide variety of entertaining options and advice on how to scale up those recipes for even more guests. With this book, hosts can finally focus on the guests, not the preparations.

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