45 Most Popular Crock Pot Recipes from Well Known Food Bloggers

Crock Pot Reuben Sliders | Image: A Southern Soul

Those of you who have a crock pot know that it can be a great help when the person preparing dinner is strapped for time. One can place everything in a crockpot in the morning, leave the house and return home in the evening and have dinner ready to eat. 

Food blogger The Country Cook took her most popular crock pot recipes and also gathered the most popular recipes from some of her fellow food bloggers and assembled them into one delicious post. There are a lot of traditional comfort foods as well as a few more adventurous combinations.  


Crock Pot Caramel Sweet Rolls | Image: The Better Baker 


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16 Wonderful Barbecue Styles around the World (Other Than Texan)

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Texas-style barbecue is, of course, the finest in the world. The best of this emerges from my father-in-law’s backyard pit.

But other barbecue methods, with the exception of Memphis-style, are edible, if not enjoyable. Among them is the asado style of the southern cone of South America. Barbecue dinners in this style, When on Earth informs us:

. . . consist of embutidos (chorizos, black puddings, and the like) and varieties of meat grilled over charcoal made of native trees. The meat cooked for asado is not marinated but only salted.

You can learn about 15 other barbecue styles from around the world at When on Earth.


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A Totally Exhaustive Guide to the Food of Seinfeld

Are those pretzels making you thirsty? Will you only eat a marbled rye from Schnitzer's? Do you secretly wonder if horses actually love Beef-A-Reeno? If so, you're probably a Seinfeld fan (and if not, those last three questions probably sound like nonsense).

For those that love the show about nothing, food has a special role in the universe of pointlessness. A mention of muffin tops doesn't bring to mind love handles, but the thought of whole trashbags of muffin stumps.

For a complete rundown of every food reference in the show, this extensive Flavorwire article is a must-read -and it might just make you hungry for a Big Salad.


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Cheese Ball Crust Pizza

Cheese balls are more than just a breakfast food or a dessert topping. Nick Chipman of DudeFoods proves that they can make a great pizza crust, too! He made a pizza with them as a base by using a large amount of cheese (the ideal quantity of cheese on any occasion is always a variation of the word “large”) to link the cheese balls together.

-via Foodiggity


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Hash Browns Bird Nests

Alec of the food blog Peckish Pendred made this colorful and fun dish for Easter weekend. The soft boiled Easter eggs look like they're in real bird nests when wrapped around hash browns. He made the nests by baking hash browns in small ceramic bowls. They remained solid after coming out of the oven.

-via Tasteologie


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How to Make Bacon-Fried Oreos

Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It! has a knack for making the most simultaneously delicious and disturbing foods available.

Her reasoning for her most recent creation is excellent: bacon is great. Oreo cookies are great. So when combined, their greatness must only increase.

Amy’s recipe is simple: she wrapped Oreos with thinly sliced bacon, then drove a toothpick through each one to hold them together. Then she deep fried them briefly.

I have a suggestion for the future: dip these bacon-covered Oreos in chocolate sauce.


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Let’s Play Breakfast Jenga!

Start by pulling one of the fries out without toppling the entire structure over. Or go ahead and collapse the skyscraper of breakfast love. There’s no way to lose! Josh Elkin of Epic Meal Time made this tower of fried goodness in a game that he calls “How many ways can I reinvent breakfast.”

Is it too late in the day for breakfast? Then try his model of the Taj Mahal made of pizza:

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Which Reese's Peanut Butter Treat Maximizes Your Peanut Butter?

I've always preferred Reese's Eggs over plain Reese's cups. I assumed it was because of the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter, but I've had other people look at me like I was crazy when I said that. But now science is on my side!

If you've always wanted to know which Reese's product will give you the most peanut butter to chocolate goodness, then you owe a debt of gratitude to Redditor Rustid who has done the research for all of us Reese's lovers.

Via That's Nerdalicious


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This Artist's Food Paintings Make My Mind Melt

As cool as a cucumber? No man, that's just bananas. Japanese artist Hikaro Cho is an amazing artist -to the point where he transforms one food into a completely different food. 

What's that? A funny-looking baby eggplant? I think you better handle it carefully because if not...

Well, I guess I had the "egg" part right when I said eggplant. 

See more of these incredible edible artworks over at Food Beast


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How to Make Boozy Pop-Tarts

A sweet breakfast pastry is the right way to start the day. This modification only strengthens that claim. Meagan, a bartender at the Restaurant R'evolution in New Orleans, baked these scratch Pop-Tarts with a kick. Her professional knowledge includes how to mix a Midnight in Vermont, a cocktail that includes a ruby port wine. Meagan thought that the taste would work well in Pop-Tarts, so she made a glaze that includes half a cup of port.

Question: which wine should these Pop-Tarts be paired with?

-via Tasteologie


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Peel off the Entire Shell of a Hard Boiled Egg Within Seconds



On a recent Neatorama post about deviled eggs, a reader mentioned in the comments that he was never able to master getting the eggs peeled so that the white was still relatively in one piece. He's certainly not alone. Sometimes even employing the best advice about soaking them in cold water or making sure they aren't too fresh from the store doesn't quite work for every egg. 

This video makes peeling an egg in an instant look like a snap, and while I haven't tested the method, many commenters on the YouTube video page are reporting back after using the trick and saying it worked for them. It's worth a try. I believe I'll give this a shot tomorrow. I'll leave a comment here as to whether it worked for me. 

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Cannoli Donuts Are the Best of Both Worlds

Donuts are delicious and so are cannolis, but the best part of the cannoli is certainly the inside, while the deep-fried dough of the donuts is heavenly. So why not stuff the donut with cannoli filling? The creator at Oh Bite It warns that these are dangerously addicting and you might find they disappear before your very eyes.

Via That's Nerdalicious


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A Quick History of Cadbury Eggs

If you're among the many, many people out there who recently gulped down the sugary filling from a Cadbury Egg today, chances are you probably didn't think for a second about how that particular Easter confection got its start. But the story of the Cadbury Egg is surprisingly interesting. 

It all started in 1824, when John Cadbury opened up a shop in Birmingham, England. No, it wasn't a candy shop -it was a cafe. In 1831, he and his brother decided to open a factory to produce better drinking chocolate for the cafe. It wasn't until much later that Cadbury even started working on making moldable chocolate and his famous egg wasn't born until 1875. The eggs we eat today weren't created until almost 100 years later though. 

Read the whole story at The Kitchn


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Peep Out These Totally Charming Artworks Made From Peeps

We've featured Peep dioramas in the past, but the Carroll County Arts Council's Peep Show takes things beyond mere dioramas (though they still have a few of those too). Their delightful display transcends a variety of art forms, including sculptures made from Peeps and paintings based on our favorite overly-sweet Easter treats.

If you live in the area, you can still make it to the show, but hurry because tomorrow is its last day. You can eve buy some of the artworks if you so please. As for the rest of us, we'll just have to settle for this slideshow from Refinery 29 featuring a few art pieces in the current exhibit and the Carroll Arts Center's Flickr that features many of the Peeps creations from past years.


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Deviled Eggs, 20 Ways


Smoked Salmon, Lemon and Caper Deviled Eggs

This is the time of year that a favorite dish is frequently served: deviled eggs. As I love to entertain and to cook, I often have people over for meals. Many times, deviled eggs are on the table as one of the appetizers. They are always a popular item as they are traditional and delicious, yet also low carb, and their fat content can easily be adjusted if desired. I sometimes make them simply, with extra mustard, mayonnaise, a dash or two of either lemon juice, vinegar or hot sauce, and always a lot of chopped, fresh dill. If I want to get more elaborate, this recipe from Emeril Lagasse for deviled eggs with lump crabmeat is never left over. (My one deletion is the caviar/salmon roe.)

This article from Southern Living offers up nineteen ways to prepare deviled eggs. Their recipes look appetizing and simple to prepare, for the most part.

Are you a fan of this classic dish? If so, what's your favorite way to make them?


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It Ain't Easy Printing Cheesy

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It appears 3D printing technology has already gone from new and useful to experimental and strange, and some people aren’t content with simple plastic printouts anymore.

Chocolate printers have been a reality for some time, as well as the amazing pancake printer (aka the future of flapjack technology), but creating a Easy Cheese printer is proving to be a lot harder than anyone thought.

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Artist Andrew Maxwell-Parish is the cheese whiz who came up with the idea of using 3D printer technology to shape squeezable cheese food product into eye pleasing shapes, and this ridiculous test video proves it's ain't easy to print with Easy Cheese! (Video contains NSFW language)

-Via Laughing Squid


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Cadbury Scotch Eggs

We've previously featured a Scotch Cadbury Creme Egg before, but it's clear that Perry Santanachote of Thrillist has improved upon the concept. She made this beautiful-looking chocolate wonder by first freezing a dozen Cadbury Creme Eggs. Then she coated them with chocolate cake mix powder, followed by egg whites, then cocoa powder, and finally--this is the brilliant part--Cocoa Krispies cereal.

Santanachote deep fried each egg for about a minute or two. Pictured above are the gorgeous results.

-via First We Feast


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Easter Butter Lamb

The Baranek wielkanocny, or Easter butter lamb, is a hunk of butter shaped into a lamb to celebrate Easter in Poland and Polish communities around the world. You might find one in your Easter basket or use it as a centerpiece for the holiday feast. If the local priest is blessing baskets of Easter foods before they are laid out for the meal, the butter lamb is always included. They are sold in delis around the holiday or you can make your own at home, with or without a mold. Some food artists even make fluffy wool by grating the butter! The flag that often accompanies the lamb is a St. George cross. Check out a gallery of submitted butter lambs representing many techniques and skill levels, from unfortunate to professional. -via Boing Boing


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What Happens When You Plate Junk Food Like Gourmet Meals

Opinions on junk food vary greatly, but few people argue that most of them look particularly tasty in their native environments. When junk food is in the hands of chef Jacques Lamerde though, it becomes just as beautiful as the most gourmet meal. 

His descriptions take things a step further, making the plates sound like something you'd see on a fine dining restaurant's menu, not just simple Pop Tarts or Hot Pockets.

For example the image at top reads, "HAY BAKED HOT POCKETS W/ HIDDEN VALLEY BACON RANCH SPHERES AND A PUREE OF ZOODLES (WHOLE WHEAT)." The middle image is "“RASPBERRY POPTART PARFAIT W/ VANILLA SNACKPACK + GRAPE CRUSH SCENTED GEL AND ENHANCED W/ MIKE N IKES, CRY BABIES AND FRUITY MENTOS.” And finally the last one, "DUNKIN MUNCHKINS, BIRTHDAY CAKE OREO SOIL, SNICKERS HACHÉ, SHAMROCK SHAKE FLUID GEL!!!"

Via That's Nerdalicious


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32 Insane Stadium Foods

(Photo: Battle Creek Bombers)

In the highly competitive sport of stadium food, sports concession stands are constantly trying to outdo each other by producing wonderfully ridiculous food-like products. Ideally, stadium food is highly fattening, packed with sugar, and is simultaneously delicious and disgusting. This motive is why the Battle Creek Bombers, a college baseball team in Michigan, invented the Twinkie dog. It’s a hot dog set inside a split Twinkie, then covered with appropriate toppings, such as ketchup, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

This is 1 of 32 preposterous foods sold at sports stadiums across America. You can view the rest at 22 Words.


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Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

Chocolate lovers, check this out- these Easter eggs were made with only four ingredients, none of them eggs. Ali at Gimme Some Oven and her friend Meg made them out of Oreo cookies, cream cheese, and two colors of chocolate. That’s all, but that’s enough to make your mouth water! You can alter the recipe for Easter Egg Oreo Truffles with food coloring or different-flavored Oreo cookies if you want different colors, or add sprinkles or other decorations. The recipe page has pictures of the process and a peek at the pastel-colored version, too. This is one of the 19 DIY Easter Eggs That Don’t Require Actual Eggs.


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Deep Fried Nachos on a Stick

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In the United States, professional sports are highly competitive. But designing the foods served at games may be even more competitive. Stadiums and ballparks across the country strive to offer extreme, one-of-a-kind foods to fans. These foods served at the concession stands include calorically gifted delights, such as horse collar sausages, bratwurst lollipops, and bacon donut hot dogs.

The current champion in this ever-shifting field is the deep fried nacho stick. Miller Park in Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, offers Inside the Park Nachos. This delicious concoction consists of a stick of beef covered with refried beans, rolled in crunched Doritos, then deep fried and covered with sour cream and cheese.

It’s a practical food to eat while watching a game because you can eat it one-handed. It’s considerably less messy than handling a tray of nachos. You can read more about the Inside the Park Nachos at ESPN (warning: auto-start video).

-via That’s Nerdalicious!


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The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich

When Jill and Zeon go to the San Diego County Fair this year, they’ll have to try the new “all that and a bag of chips” sandwich -except this one has the chips right inside. The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich makes chili, cheese, and Fritos a little easier to eat while you’re walking. You’ll find it at the the Grilled Cheese-a-Fair booth, whose proprietors unveiled it at a recent fair planning meeting. Does anyone want to place bets between now and then that they develop a method for deep-frying this sandwich?     

(Image credit: San Diego County Fair)


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Ben & Jerry’s Offers a Passover-Themed Ice Cream

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Charoset is a mixture of fruit, wine, and spices. It’s a traditional part of the Seder meal eaten during Passover. The American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s makes ice cream that is flavored like it. It's kosher, too! The company is rolling it out for this year’s Passover, which begins on April 3.

-via Blazenfluff


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Nine Fun and Unusual Easter Treats

Mosaic Easter Eggs

The credit for this cool take on Chinese tea eggs goes to Jayne at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch. The traditional Chinese tea eggs are made by boiling an egg, rolling them to crack their shells and then soaking them in tea. These fun and edible substitutes are made by soaking the cracked eggs in food dye in the refrigerator overnight.

See Jayne's post with mosaic egg instructions here, and visit Mental Floss for eight other fun food ideas for Easter, including my personal favorite, zombie bunnies. So deliciously holiday irreverent.  


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Bunny Feet Deviled Eggs

Beth Jackson Klosterboer has a great food craft that takes advantage of the natural shape of hard boiled chicken eggs when sliced vertically. I had never thought of it before, but now I won't be able to look at one without seeing tiny rabbit paw prints.

For these Easter-themed eggs, Klosterboer made a paste consisting of the boiled egg yolks, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and pink food coloring. She pressed the paste through a fine sieve to give it a smooth texture. Finally, Klosterboer used a plastic bag as a pastry bag to squirt the paste into just the right shapes for adorable bunny feet.


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Spa Lady Cheese Ball

You’ve seen women in movies undergoing beauty treatments at spas. You may have remarked that they look like a salad, slathered with some food-based mask and sporting cool cucumber slices on their eyes. Now that look really is food! Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella at Lucky Peach made this cheese ball in that likeness using various cheeses covered in mashed avocados. Her towel head wrap is mozzarella cheese, and her lips are a big red bell pepper. But they make it clear that they did not come up with the original idea.

Anna initially found Spa Lady when she was browsing around for Halloween-themed crafts. A few clicks down the rabbit hole, a tutorial on Hungry Happenings revealed her in all her glory. We read the comments, which we’re told never to do, and found throngs of home cooks bickering about her true origin. While many lauded Spa Lady as a breakthrough in cheese-ball artistry, one commenter claimed that the recipe was not revolutionary whatsoever, and had been around since she was “in school.”

Then you get to see the recipe, and the process of building this in pictures.  -via Boing Boing


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Berries That Grow Wild in North America

Cloudberries

This article is full of photos and descriptions of 18 types of wild berries that North Americans will be treated to in the coming months. I haven't tried them all, but I certainly would like to. Article author Wes Siler's favorite berry, the cloudberry, is shown in the photo above. Cloudberries are found in northern Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia. They're salmon/golden in color and are so tart that Siler says they may be most palatable to people when made into a sweetened jam.

Aside from the requisite Monty Python jokes about elderberries, the comments underneath the article have almost as much information as the article, so they might be of interest as well. Read the text and comments here. 

Wild Strawberries


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20 Sugary Sweet Facts About Peeps

Every Easter little sugary puffs of marshmallow fluff shaped like chicks and bunnies invade the candy aisle, and are bought up by the billions.

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The Peeps brand is so popular that they now make little puffs of fluff in shapes for nearly every holiday, and every day over 5 million Peeps brand treats are made in the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

What is it about those cute little marshmallow treats that make them such an enduring part of our candy loving lives?

Is it the fact that Bob Born's recipe for Peeps has remained virtually unchanged for over 60 years? Or maybe it's the fact that, despite the core recipe staying the same, Just Born has been creating new flavors and varieties that are just as delicious as the original.

Whatever the allure, one thing's for certain- it wouldn't be Easter without a bunch of Peeps staring at ya with those cute little carnauba wax eyes!

Read 20 Delicious Facts About Peeps at mental_floss


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Chocolate Easter Bunny Jello Shots

Chocolate Easter Bunnies are traditionally hollow. This is to teach children at an early age how to be disappointed with life. But Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It! discovered another purpose: a decapitated chocolate bunny can serve as a cup!

In a step-by-step tutorial, Amy shows you how to saw off the heads of chocolate bunnies, then convert them into completely edible jello shots. She used strawberry Jell-o, vodka, sprinkles, and whipped cream. Once assembled, re-attach the top of the rabbit's skull and serve.


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