Sunday, May 22, 2011

Crock Pot Madness!

Good evening fellow bloggers! Tonight, we are going to be taking it slow. By slow, I mean we are pulling out the crock pot. I'm sure over half of you just jumped for joy at the idea of not having to stand at the hot oven. I know I did! As for my departure, I have been in the middle of getting ready to move. With in the next couple of weeks, I may be absent from EMEF due to moving and getting our cable and internet back on, however, when I come back, I promise to have recipes-galore for you all. So, let's grab those crock pots and I will meet you in the kitchen!

Bacon and Tater Tots

You will need:

  • 1 pound package frozen tater tot potatoes
  • 1/2 pound diced Canadian bacon
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a 4 to 5 quart crockpot, layer these ingredients in order: one third of the tater tots, bacon, onions, and cheeses.
  2. Repeat the layers two more times, ending with the cheeses.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and flour and beat with a whisk or egg beater until combined.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the mixture over the layers in the crockpot.
  6. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  7. Serve!

Now, onto our next recipe...

Ravioli Casserole

You will need:

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 package (8 ounces) twisty noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound milk Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cans (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped

  1. Defrost the spinach and squeeze dry.
  2. Cook the noodles in boiling, salted water until tender, then drain.
  3. Brown both meats and onion in oil until crumbly.
  4. Add tomato sauce, salt and oregano.
  5. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, then mix in the spinach.
  6. Turn the crock pot on high after buttering bottom and sides.
  7. Spoon half of the noodles into the buttered crock pot.
  8. Top with half of the meat mixture and half of the Parmesan cheese.
  9. Cover with layers of the remaining noodles, meat and Parmesan cheese.
  10. Sprinkle with Monterrey Jack cheese and green onions.
  11. Cook on high for one hour.
  12. Serve!

 Pictured Above: Ham and Tater Tots
Pictured Above: Ravioli Casserole

Voila! There are two easy meals that are sure to please your entire family. Both will make your home smell delicious for hours! That's all for tonight, but I will be back tomorrow. Good night!