Tag Archives: slow-cooker

[Recipe] Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef

balsamicbeef-cover1

You had me at balsamic. The beef part didn’t hurt either though. Two of my favourite things to eat. Add in the ease of slow cooking, and I couldn’t resist.

This balsamic beef roast, I found on Pinterest. The picture was gorgeous. It comes from a food blog called Shugary Sweets. What a great blog! I’ll definitely be visiting regularly for more amazing food ideas.

As far as the recipe goes, I pretty much stuck to the original exactly, except that I used a smaller roast and added some onion. It is positively delicious. This is a great recipe for a cold fall or winter’s day. It’s comforting and warm. The house smelled divine as this was cooking away in the slow cooker. And it was really good with mashed potatoes. We added some horseradish and sour cream to our mashed potatoes and they really paired well with this beef.

Continue reading

[Recipe] Slow-Cooker Beef Dip Sandwiches (French Dip)

beef dip cover 2

French dip sandwiches.

Before meeting my husband, I’d never tried one. I can’t believe I just said that, but it’s true. I’d never had one. He would order them at most any restaurant that would serve them, and I just didn’t get it.

It’s just a sandwich. What’s the big deal?

Then I tried a bite of his one night at the pub. Yes, I’m one of those wives. I bug my husband for bites sometimes. He always obliges though – he’s pretty fantastic that way. Besides, I did it long before we got married, so he knew what he was getting into.

This is the version of the French dip that I came up with. When we tried these sandwiches, I was met with ‘mmms’ of approval.

These French dip (beef dip) sandwiches come together quickly and easily, and the recipe makes lots. Just throw it in your slow-cooker and forget about it.

Continue reading

[Recipe] Overnight Slow-Cooker Sausage and Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

casserole cover

I am very excited!

My parents (the best parents a girl could ask for, by the way) got me a brand new slow cooker for my birthday (just a couple of days ago)! A new appliance in my household is always cause for serious celebration. It’s kind of a “throw your arms in the air” situation. I love new kitchen stuff.

A slow cooker might just change the way we eat around here. Well, at least the way we cook. I love the new possibilities this one appliance holds.

This overnight casserole, perfect for a Christmas morning set-it-and-forget-it meal for a crowd, is hearty, filling, and great for serving a crowd. It was first served to us my our great friend Holly. Holly is one of the best hostesses I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying with – she always makes sure we’re well taken care of when we visit she and her husband and their cutie pants daughter.

Holly, I stalked your Pinterest boards to find it again. Now I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow morning!

You heard me right – I’m not actually eating this on my Christmas morning. It’s a family tradition of ours to have a huge Christmas breakfast prepared mostly by my dad on Christmas morning. We all agree, it’s our favourite meal of the year. It’s the meal with “all the meats” and dessert. I think it might really be our favourite meal because we’re all together at the table laughing in front of the Christmas tree. With shortbread cookies. :-)

Either way, there’s no messing with Christmas breakfast in our family. No need to fix what’s never been broken.

I hope this casserole sneaks onto your table Christmas morning. You won’t be disappointed. Don’t skip adding the sun-dried tomatoes (or regular tomatoes, if you’d prefer). We used hot italian sausage, for a bit of an added kick. Additional vegetables, like mushrooms, onions, and green peppers would be great in this casserole.

Thanks again Holly!

Continue reading

[Recipe] All-Natural No-Added-Sugar Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

Three hyphens in one recipe title. A record for me, I’m sure.

Contrary to the recipes I usually post on The Frilly Apron, I’m actually a healthy eater. I’m a firm believer in moderation, and I think there’s a place in a person’s diet for the occasional indulgent dish.

I’ve had a lot of requests lately to post more healthy recipes on the blog, so I’m trying to show you some healthy recipes more frequently.

This apple butter recipe contains no added sugar – just the sweetness from the apples (in the form of fructose, or fruit sugar), some lemon juice, and cinnamon.

Continue reading