Feb 25, 2011

Crock Pot Sides

Making side dishes in the crock pot  makes sense. You can start them early, even make them the day before, don't have to watch or tend and they keep warm until you are ready to serve them.

Texas Potatoes
1 2lb package frozen hash browns
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 16oz carton sour cream
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Mix all ingredients and put in 3-1/2 qt crock pot on low for a couple of hours. Mainly, all it has to do is heat thru.

This is perfect for Easter, make it the night before and warm them the next day.

Classic Sweet Potatoes

4 to 5 sweet potatoes
2 tbsp butter
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup water
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika

Cut sweet potatoes thick round slices. Place in boiling water for approximately 10 minutes to par-boil them. Strain and let them cool. Peel off skins.
Grease the crock pot basin with butter. Put down a layer of sweet potato slices. Dot with butter, sprinkle with some sugar and cinnamon.

Make another layer of sweet potatoes. Dot with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar again.
Make final layer of sweet potato slices. Dot with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon, paprika, salt and add the remaining sugar. Pour water into crock pot.

Cook on high for 3 to 3 ½ hours, or low for 6 to 6 ½ hours. Serves 4.

Italian Green Beans
1/3 - 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
15 ounce can tomatoes, chopped
4 8 ounce cans sliced mushrooms, undrained
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onion and/or garlic powders
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3 1 pound cans Italian style green beans, 2 of them drained
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Brown sausage and drain. Add all ingredients to crockpot and cook on low up to 3 hours.

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