Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Crockpot Creations #2 - Baked Potatoes and Broccoli and Cheese sauce

My first week of Crock-pot Creations has been quite the success!  Thanks so much for tuning in and seeing what I am stirring up.  If you want to share the recipes with all you know that is cool too!

Today I am going to show you how to cook "Baked Potatoes" in your Crock pot.   Who knew?!!  I sure didn't.  This is a fantastic way to cook a week-night supper.  The potatoes will be steamy and wonderful - ready for any topping that you choose.  This would be a great meal in and of itself, or as a side to some easy to cook sausages, chops or steak.  I am going to include a wonderful Broccoli and Cheese sauce.  (My favorite....or one of them)  Here are some more topping choices for ya!

- chili and sour cream
- butter, sour cream and chives
- bacon...and um...sour cream....
- cheese!!!!! ( you can put sour cream on there if ya like)
- Salsa!!  and cheese....

Crock Pot Creations #2

What to do:  

1.  With tinfoil, wrap up as many potatoes that will fit in your crock-pot.

2. Place in Crock-pot and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or 8 hours on LOW.

3.  When done, unwrap and enjoy with your favorite toppings.

 Broccoli Cheese Sauce

What you Need:

1 bunch broccoli
2 Tablespoons of water

3 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 cup of  milk 
1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 Tablespoons of butter

What to do:

1. When your potatoes are all done, get busy cooking the broccoli and making the scrumptious cheese sauce. Remove the large broccoli stems and chop the broccoli into small pieces. 

2.  Put the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl, that has a lid. Pour 2 tablespoons of water over the top of the broccoli, cover it and cook it in the microwave for about 5 minutes or until fork tender. 

3.  To make the cheese sauce, place 3 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper into a medium sized sauce pan. Pour 1 cup milk over the top of the dry ingredients and whisk it all together to combine.   

4.  Heat the mixture up on the stove top over medium high heat, whisking constantly. Bring it to a boil and then remove it from the heat. 

5.  Add 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce and 3 tablespoons butter.  Stir it all together until the butter and cheese have melted and the sauce is nice and smooth.   

6.  Top potatoes with the broccoli and pour the cheese sauce on and ENJOY!


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