Kick Off Crock Pot!

If you won't be attending the game at the Georgia Dome, plug in your crock pot and whip up some of these recipes to enjoy while you watch the game at home or with friends! Instead of slaving away in the heat at the grill, prepare these treats ahead of time and let your crock pot do the rest! 

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Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese

        16     chicken drumsticks (about 4 lbs), skinned-if desired 
          1    16 oz bottle buffalo wing hot sauce (2 cups)
        1/4   cup tomato paste
          2    tablespoons white or cider vinegar
          2    tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
          1    8 oz container dairy sour cream
        1/2   cup mayonnaise
        1/2   cup crumbled blue cheese (2 oz)
  1/4-1/2   teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place drumsticks in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine hot sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over chicken in cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Meanwhile, for blue cheese dip, in a small bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese, and cayenne pepper. Cover and chill the dip until ready to serve. Using a slotted spoon, remove drumsticks from cooker. Skim fat from cooking juices. Serve drumsticks with cooking juices and blue cheese dip.
Asiago Cheese Dip

         1   cup chicken broth or water
         4   oz dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
         2   16 oz carton dairy sour cream
   1 1/2   cups finely shredded Asiago cheese (6 oz)
   1 1/4   cups mayonnaise
      1/2   8 oz package cream cheese, cut up
         1   cup sliced fresh mushrooms
         1   cup thinly sliced green onions
              Thinly sliced green onions
              Baguette- style French Bread Slices        

In a small saucepan, bring broth to boiling. Remove from heat. Add dried tomatoes; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain, discarding liquid. Chop tomatoes (you should have about 1-1/4 cups). Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine sour cream, the 1-1/2 cups Asiago cheese, the mayonnaise, cream cheese, mushrooms, and the 1 cup green onions. Stir in chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Stir well before serving. If desired, keep warm in the slow cooker on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Sprinkle dip with additional green onions and serve 
with toasted cheese-topped baguette slices. Makes 7 cups.

Bourbon Glazed Cocktail Sausages

1     16 oz package cocktail wieners or small cooked 
       smoked sausage links
1/2  cup apricot preserves
1/4  cup maple syrup
1     tablespoon bourbon

In a 1 1/2-quart slow cooker combine cocktail wieners, preserves, syrup, and bourbon. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 hours. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-heat setting for up to 1 hour. Serve wieners with wooden toothpicks. Makes 12 servings. 

Hoisin-Garlic Mushrooms

1/2   cup bottled hoisin sauce
1/4   cup water
2      tablespoons bottled minced garlic
1/2   teaspoon crushed red pepper
24    oz whole fresh button mushrooms, trimmed

In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine hoisin sauce, the water, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Add mushrooms, stirring to coat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. To serve, remove mushrooms from cooker with a slotted spoon. Discard cooking liquid. Serve warm mushrooms with toothpicks.

(Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens)

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