Appliance Cooking For The Holidays

Thanksgiving. The in between time. Fall has left us a little on the cold side, winter is just barely teasing its approach. The ghouls and ghosts have gone away, but it’s still a bit early Santa and his sleigh. Before you know it your relatives have descended on your home. Graciously offering assistance, while trying not to be in the way of the master chef in the kitchen. The stove is over run, the kitchen is all elbows! What to do!?

Find an outlet, of course. It could be in the garage, the bedroom, or an office. Plug in your small appliances, and get to work! Small appliance cooking is a great way to free up some space in the kitchen. Crock pots, can be filled and set aside while they produce amazing smells throughout the house. Kids will have a blast making cinnamon rolls, potato pancakes, muffins and more on the waffle iron. Newfangled blenders will blend AND cook soups, dips, and sides in minutes. A small toaster oven can double for pies, desserts, and other baked goods. Thanksgiving should not be a time to stress about what’s going to get made, when and where. Its a time for family, friends and fantastic food. Here are a few recipes to try in your appliances, when you just can’t make the time on the stove.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Casserole

6 cups frozen chopped broccoli (or a broccoli, caulifower mix), partially thawed
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 25)
2 tablespoons butter


In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, soup, 1 cup cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Pour into a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle crackers on top; dot with butter.
Cover and cook on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook 10 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Yield: 8-10 servings.

From the Taste Of Home

Sweet Potato Pancakes on the waffle iron:
4 large sweet potatoes
a few tablespoons of olive oil
Sweet and Spicy seasoning:
1 part cinnamon
1 part cumin
1 part cayenne pepper
1 part garlic
1 part salt
1/2 part pepper
a sprinkle of brown sugar

Shred or use a food processor to shred the sweet potato. Spinkle drizzle olive oil over the potatoes. Sprinkle brown sugar and 1/2 of the seasoning over the potatoes. Mix well. Sprinkle a little more brown sugar, and the other half of the seasoning, mix well.

Heat a waffle iron. Put about a cup of the sweet potatoes on the iron and close until crispy on both sides.

Many soups and sides for the blendtec blender can be found on their website. Inculding Maple and Butternutsquash soup.