With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and everyone rushing around trying to come up with the perfect Thanksgiving menu, I have to share a couple of very easy recipes I make in the crock pot.
The first is a never fail recipe for Dressing. The first time I made dressing, it was so dry there was not enough gravy in the county to make it good. After that disaster, I vowed to never make dressing again. Until now.
Crock Pot Dressing
8″ pan of baked cornbread
1/2 of a small loaf of white bread
4 large eggs
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 c. celery, chopped
2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted
2 cans chicken broth (15 oz. each)
Salt and pepper to taste
Sage to taste
1/4 c. butter
Mix all ingredients together (except butter) and put in crock pot. Layer small pieces of butter over the top of mixture. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours. Stir occasionally. This feeds our family of 12 easily and smells so good they will think you have slaved in the kitchen for hours!
For a sweet treat, try this candy recipe given to me by a long time patient. He is a retired state trooper, about 6’5″ , quiet by nature and the last person I would have thought to make and bring this to our dental office. We enjoyed it so much, we had to call and get the recipe from him. It’s so easy and good!
Crock Pot Candy
Put ingredients into a 4 or 5 quart crock pot IN ORDER LISTED. (I don’t know what difference it makes, but I’m not going to argue with a really big state trooper)
1 jar (16 oz.) unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 jar (16 oz.) salted dry roasted peanuts
1 pkg. (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 bars (4 oz. each) German chocolate–broken in pieces
3 lbs. (or 2 planks) white candy bark–broken in pieces
Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
DO NOT STIR OR LIFT LID DURING COOKING! (Once again, he is making the rules and I shall not argue with a really big state trooper)
Turn off crock pot and let cool slightly (15-20 minutes)
Remove lid and stir thoroughly.
Drop by teaspoon on waxed paper and let cool.
Makes 100-120 pieces.
This can be made a day or two in advance and stored in an airtight container. It makes enough so that even if you sneak a piece or two (while doing a freshness test, of course) you still have enough for the big day.
Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!