Even though we don’t specialize in crock pot recipes, and even though we don’t have 10 million of them on our blog, the ones we do have are some of our favorites AND our most popular recipes. I mean, what’s not to love about throwing a frozen pot roast into a cooking device when you crawl out of bed in the morning and then dinner is magically ready 8-10 hours later?!
I have too many crock pots (if there is such a thing)–two full-sized big boys for soups and stews and roasts and 2 of the mini triple dippers. So imagine my husband’s delight when I got this set-up in the mail:
In case you were wondering, he was not delighted. Our reactions were similar to when we discovered the extended release of The Hobbit was 3 hours long, although this time I was the one that was giddy with excitement and he was the one grumbling in the corner.
It’s okay. His opinion usually matters, but when it comes to interlocking crock pots designed for entertaining, he doesn’t really get a say.
This is what I love about them:
- The low profile and uniform design–they’re shorter than your typical slow cooker, so even though there are several units, storage isn’t awkward and space-consuming.
- Awesome colors (I actually got red and grey, but check out the Crock Pot site for all of the colors).
- The connectable feature. Obviously, this is the big draw for these particular units. You can connect up to 6 units, but you only have to plug in one unit. It’s perfect for buffets, parties, and holiday dinners (*cough cough*) when finding one plug in a convenient location is tricky enough, let along several (not to mention dealing with several intertwining electrical cords). Each unit has a plug side and a receptacle side, so you can arrange the pots however is convenient for you. And when they plug in, the plug slips right into the unit next to it, so there are no awkward gaps or spacing issues.
- The sizes (3.5 quart, 2 quart, and 2 1-quart) are great for entertaining. They might be a little small for cooking a roast or a whole chicken, but they’re great for keeping those things warm or cooking/warming smaller batches of soup or vegetables. You can keep an eye on supply levels and replenish them as necessary.
To take these bad boys for a test run, I had two of my favorite chili recipes (our White Chicken Chili and Black Bean Sweet Potato Turkey Chili) in the big pots and then I put baked sweet potatoes and russet potatoes in the smaller 1-quart pots to keep them warm.
I had bowls of avocado wedges, cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped onions, crackers, and other chili and baked potato toppings available. It was such a fun meal, perfect for a busy, chilly fall night.
Here’s a roundup of some of our other favorite Crock Pot recipes (click on the picture to visit each recipe):
Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice
French Dip Sandwiches
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Black Bean & Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
Slow Cooker Ratatouille
Hawaiian-Style Sloppy Joes
Overnight Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal
Slow Cooker Indian Lentils
Now…if you’re itching to get your hands on a set, we’re here for you!
All you need to do is leave a comment and tell us your favorite thing to make in a Crock Pot and we’ll give away one setup like the one we got (a 3.5-quart unit, a 2-quart unit, and a 2 1-quart unit)! Please don’t send an email; click HERE to access the post and leave comment. Email entries will be deleted! The contest starts NOW and ends next Thursday at 10:00 pm Central Time. The winner will be notified by email, so be sure and use an email that you check frequently. We’ll announce the winner the following Monday. Due to laws and regulations surrounding this kind of thing, the winner must be a resident of the United States and the prize must ship to a U.S. address.
In addition to this giveaway, Crock Pot is also running a contest right now where you can win $5,000, so if that sounds like something you might be interested in, go check it out!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored and the prize is provided by Crock Pot, but, as always, the opinions shared are completely our own.