Make the Season Merry with These Crock Pot Ideas

The holidays are here!! Can you believe it? For me, this year has flown by and it seems like New Year’s Day was only yesterday. Unfortunately, regardless of what day of the year I feel like it is, the holidays of 2011 are upon us. This means many different things for our family: shopping, crowds, gift-giving, traveling, spending quality time with friends and family, community service, AND of course, lots of yummy food. 

For those of us with Celiac Sprue, holiday eating can sometimes be a nightmare. I have been very blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law who makes me a special gluten free option of almost every dish she prepares. She is always extra careful and runs the nutritional and diet information by me first to double-check that it is "Amy-friendly," as we have termed it. 

Entertaining guests during the holidays can be stressful enough without having to worry about preparing a gluten free appetizer or meal that everyone will love. I must admit, when it comes to cooking, I am guilty of trying to find the easiest version of something I’d like to make. If there are too many ingredients or the preparation seems to complicated, I immediately flip to the next recipe. All that being said, the crock pot is my best friend, especially during holidays, and in all honesty, I typically search for crock pot versions of basic meals.

To cover all the bases, I will share a drink recipe, a couple simple appetizer recipes, and a classic meal recipe.

Gluten Free Hot Buttered RumHot Buttered Rum

Ingredients:

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 pinch salt
3 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 quarts water
2 cups rum

Preparation: Combine all ingredients, except rum, in crock pot. Stir well. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 5 hours. Stir in rum. Serve. You may wish to top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Spicy Chicken & Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup Frank’s Redhot Sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cans of White Chunk Chicken Breast

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on LOW setting until heated then switch to warm. Serve with gluten free corn tortilla chips.

Simple Beer-Marinated Hot Dogs

Ingredients:
Gluten free beer
Little sausage smokies or hot dogs
Barbecue sauce

Preparation: Boil your hot dogs/smokies in GF beer on the stove for about 10-15 minutes. Let them soak in beer for about an hour. Drain and cut up hot dogs/smokies in bite-size pieces. Place in crock pot and add barbecue sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Rays). Leave crock pot on warm setting.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker LasagnaCrock Pot Lasagna (Why not break up the turkey/ham meals a little!) 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 box GF bow tie pasta
1 pkg. cottage cheese OR ricotta cheese
2 lbs. mozzarella cheese or Italian blend cheese
Spaghetti sauce
Garlic powder

Preparation: Turn crock pot on to begin warming. Brown 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef on stove. Drain beef and stir in spaghetti sauce. Add 1 cup of water and heat to boiling. Transfer mixture to crock pot. Sprinkle in garlic powder. Add pasta, cottage cheese/ricotta cheese, 2 lbs. mozzarella cheese/Italian blend cheese. Stir, cover,and cook about 3 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW. Optional: top with grated Parmesan cheese and serve with a warm, buttered slice of Udi’s Gluten Free Bread!

Mmmm!!! Armed with the above GF recipes, you should be able to successfully host your holiday guests this season and they will surely be more open to gluten free food in the future!!

Happy Holidays!!

10 Responses to “Make the Season Merry with These Crock Pot Ideas”

  1. Melanie says:

    Hot Buttered Rum…dessert and drink, all in one

  2. Amy Jorgenson says:

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone! First, Eddie’s makes a GF Organic Vegetable bow tie pasta and conveniently, you can order it from Amazon. Secondly, I personally like the Ragu brand chunky vegetable pasta sauce – it is naturally GF and full of veggies!! Enjoy!!

  3. Brenda Clay says:

    The dip sounds really good!

  4. Melanie says:

    Thanks for the appetizer idea…spicy chicken & cheese dip

  5. Cindy says:

    Yes, where do you find GF bow tie pasta? I have not seen it anywhere. Also, do you use one jar of spagetti sauce…if so, which one?

  6. David says:

    Where do you find gf bow tie pasta?

  7. Cheryl says:

    Make sure the hot dogs or smokies are gluten free. Costco has all beef hot dogs that are gluten free as does Trader Joes.

  8. Shelly says:

    Thank you so much!! I have been looking for a gf lasanga recipe. It is tradition to have lasanga on Christmas eve. Now we can continue this tradition!!

  9. Melanie Herman says:

    I never would have thought of making lasagna in a slow cooker; a great idea.

  10. Rhonda says:

    Any good ideas that are gluten and dairy free? This is new to me…

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