I have cookbook to share and giveaway in celebration of Crocktober: *Stock the Crock: 100 Must-Have Slow-Cooker Recipes, 200 Variations for Every Appetite, An All-New Slow Cooker Bible from Phyllis Good, the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Fix-It and Forget-It Series. (Oxmoor House, September 2017).
Stock the Crock brings together the expertise of America’s most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easy-to-prepare recipes-each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs. You’ll find beloved classics, as well as dishes you might be surprised can be done successfully in a slow cooker. (Hello, slow-cooker crème brûlée!)
Whether you are looking to accommodate gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian diets, or prefer slow-cooker meals perfectly sized for one or two people, this cookbook provides smart ideas, more than 100 recipe photos, and cooking hacks that will change the way you use your favorite fuss-free cooking appliance. Learn simple make-ahead tricks, convenient baking tips, and how to make two recipes at once using the same cooker, so you can simplify cooking and spend more time enjoying your family and friends around a wonderful, delicious meal.
There are lots to tempt my taste buds and plenty of inspiration to fire up my slow cooker in this cookbook! In addition the usual suspects of soups, stews and chowders, I am looking forward to trying Cheesy Mushroom Risotto, Carmelized Onions, Cider-Baked Apples, Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin, Sweet-with-Heat Beef Short Ribs, Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee and Berry Wonderful Fruit Crisp!
There’s also a “Make Your Own Basics” section that includes recipes for homemade bone broth, tomato paste, honey barbecue sauce, apple and pear butter, and yogurt, to name a few.
I was intrigued by the slow cooker Crunchy-Sweet Chicken Wings recipe in the poultry chapter.
A perfect and easy recipe for game day and football season.
I made a couple of small changes to the recipe. . . running the wings under the broiler at the end to add a little char, and the addition of some cornstarch to the delicious sauce the wings cook in, to thicken it up for serving.
And there is an alternative and “swap” in the recipe to make these wings with some whiskey (bourbon) if you’re so inclined –> color me inclined ;)
Game Day Slow Cooker Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings, adapted from Stock the Crock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups honey
3/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 pounds chicken wings (or drumettes)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Garnish: toasted sesame seeds, chopped green onion
Spray interior of 5 or 6 quart slow cooker crock with nonstick cooking spray.
In medium size mixing bowl, stir together salt, pepper, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, canola and sesame oils, and minced garlic. Mix well.
Place a layer of wings in the slow cooker crock. Spoon a portion of sauce over the top. Make another layer of wings, staggering them so they don’t directly overlap the first layer. Spoon a portion of sauce over the second layer. Continue with layers topping with sauce until all wings are in cooker.
Cover. Cook on low 3 to 4 hours or on high 1 – 2 hours until chicken is tender. Remove wings and keep warm.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Stir mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 10 – 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
P Preheat oven to broil. Place wings on foil lined baking sheet. Broil 3 – 5 minutes or until wings are caramelized and lightly charred.
Serve with sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
Substitutions: For a flavor boost, substitute 1 1/4 cup maple syrup for honey. Reduce soy sauce to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup of whiskey.
For a chance to win a copy of Stock the Crock, tell me your favorite slow cooker or Crocktober recipe.
This giveaway is open to those living in the continental US. A winner will be chosen October 20th.
Excerpted from Stock the Crock. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.
*Thank you to Time Inc. Books for providing a copy of Stock the Crock.