Get out the crockpot or slowcooker and cook a great meal that is different. Yes, crockpots and slowcookers are for more than just keeping foods warm or making pot roasts! How about a Hamburger-Pepperoni Crockpot Pizza? What a great family meal idea! This is a perfect meal to have ready when the family is going in two or three different directions and just can't sit down to dinner together. With this in the crockpot and a salad in the fridge, dinner is ready whenever the family passes through on their way to various games, practices, meetings, etc. Another rather different crockery recipe is for a Supreme Fruit Compote. Not only is this a tasty fruit compote, what a great aroma in your house. This is perfect for a brunch.
HAMBURGER-PEPPERONI CROCKPOT PIZZA
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 lb rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 small pkg sliced pepperoni
10-oz mozzarella cheese
10-oz pkg cheddar cheese
2 cans (8-oz each) pizza sauce
Brown the ground beef with the onion, salt, and pepper until no longer pink; drain. In the crockpot (or slowcooker) put half the ground beef/onion mixture. Top with half the rigatoni, half the bell pepper, half the mushrooms, and half the pepperoni. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the pepperoni and pour 1 can of the pizza sauce over all.
Repeat layer with the remaining ground beef/onion mixture, remaining rigatoni, bell pepper, mushrooms then the sauce, remaining pepperoni and end with the mozzarella cheese.
Cook on low heat in the crockpot for at least 3 hours up to 5 hours or until the cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired, when serving.
SUPREME FRUIT COMPOTE
1 can(29-oz)peach slices
1 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp grated orange peel
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 can (16-oz)pitted dark sweet cherries, drained
In crockpot or slowcooker combine undrained peaches, apricots, brown sugar, water, orange juice, orange peel, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Place lid on crockpot and cook on low setting for 9 to 10 hours. To serve, gently stir in the cherries. Cover and cook on low setting for 15 minutes.
Yield: 8 servings
For more of Linda's slowcooker/crockpot recipes go to http://grandmasslowcookerrecipes.blogspot.com She also shares quick and easy recipes on another of her blogs at http://grandmasquickfixrecipes.blogspot.com