Slow cookers are a modern kitchen miracle. If you haven’t taken a moment to appreciate your slow cooker in awhile, or only get it out for one dish (I’m looking at you, kielbasa and meatball people!), I suggest the two of you get reacquainted. Slow cookers are the dream appliance for busy professionals (parent or not) or weekend daytrippers that want to come home to the warm and fragrant welcome of a done dinner. Thanks to their cooking method (meaning a long, slow cook), these babies are also perfect for soups and dishes using cuts of meat that benefit from a long cook time to get them good and tender. Happily, these are also usually the cheaper cuts of meat, so you can save some pennies to boot.
Beyond savory slow cookers do a great job with baked puddings for dessert, but they’re also handy for breakfast! It’s especially helpful if you’ve got guests to feed and want to visit with them while the food cooks rather than standing at the stove and flipping eggs or pancakes.
For example, this recipe for Maple Cornbread with Sausage and Apples had everyone sniffing the air here in the Yankee office and wondering aloud who was baking bread (never mind that the most robust piece of baking equipment usually on site is an ancient toaster oven).
Thanks to some boxed corn muffin mix, the recipe is easy and comes together in the time it takes to peel and chop an apple.
Savory sausage crumbles and sweet bites of apple paired perfectly with the maple cornbread. I’ll definitely be making this again, perhaps even swapping out the apples for some jalapeno and adding some fresh cheddar.
Another great slow cooker breakfast dish is a bread pudding, which calls for pieces of cut up bread to be soaked in a batter and baked until the bread is puffed. This recipe for Cinnamon-Raisin Granola Bread Pudding uses cinnamon raisin bread and the batter gets a flavor boost from chai tea latte concentrate.
The granola on top added a great crunch. If you like your bread pudding to melt in your mouth you’ll like this version, but if you prefer a texture that’s more dense, crack a few eggs into the batter to help it firm up while baking.
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