At my house, holiday meal side dishes get just as much attention as the turkey. Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce – it’s hard to choose a favourite. So of course I help myself to a little of everything and fill my plate to the rim each holiday.
If you need another tasty side to add to the holiday buffet, throw this slow cooker corn casserole into the mix.
This easy, cheesy recipe cooks from start to finish in the slow cooker, freeing stovetop up for finishing the gravy and your oven for baking the dinner rolls.
Stir together creamed corn, frozen corn, corn muffin mix, Greek yogurt, shredded cheddar cheese, butter, eggs, minced onion, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker crock and cook.
With the slow cooker covered, cook on HIGH for 2 ½ to 3 hours or on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.
What’s great about slow cookers (especially on holidays) is that they function as both cooking and serving vessels. Switch your slow cooker to WARM and place the slow cooker on your buffet so your guests can serve themselves. I don’t know about you, but having one less dish to wash during the post-Thanksgiving cleanup marathon is welcome.
Prefer to leave the slow cooker in the kitchen? Transfer the corn casserole from the crock to a festive dish. Just sprinkle with chives and bacon (oh yes!) before taking it to the table.
Slow cooker corn casserole is a little salty, a little sweet, and a creamy addition to your already-too-full holiday plate.
There are a few dishes that automatically come to mind when I’m meal planning in the summertime – burgers, kebabs, thick, juicy steaks. You know, the foods that – in my mind – should definitely have grill marks.
There really is nothing better than a hot burger that drops straight from the grill spatula onto your bun, but don’t forget about fruits and vegetables during grilling season. Grilled fruits like pineapple slices and peaches (maybe topped with a scoop of your favorite ice cream) make simple, seasonal desserts, while grilling a variety of vegetables like corn and lettuce can upgrade your summer side dish recipes instantly.
This grilled romaine caesar is a prime example of why veggies should absolutely go on the grill. We grilled sliced heads of romaine lettuce on the Hamilton Beach® Searing Grill to make a summer salad that doesn’t start with potato or macaroni.
Preheat the grill to medium-high and slice the romaine lengthwise through the root end. Leaving the root end in tact will help keep the leaves together as it grills. Brush the romaine halves lightly with olive oil and grill for about 2 to 4 minutes until the lettuce is charred and slightly wilted.
We drizzled our grilled romaine with homemade Caesar dressing that we whipped up in no time in the Hamilton Beach® single serve blender. We finished the salad with crumbled bacon (you will never – and should never – eat a Caesar without bacon again) and cracked black pepper. A squeeze of lemon, shaved parmesan, or even a sprinkle of your favorite croutons would also pair wonderfully with these grilled greens.
If you’re already grilling burgers, throw romaine alongside for an easy side salad or serve this grilled salad alone for a light summer lunch – no salad spinner or tossers necessary.
Deviled eggs are an Easter must-have, and they’ll be showing up on every potluck, brunch, shower and cookout table through Labor Day. Classic deviled eggs are a no-fail favorite, but if you’re looking to jazz up the basics this year, we have just the recipe for you.
Pimento cheese has been on our minds lately and it’s good in just about everything. Deviled eggs are no exception. In the South, it’s not surprising to see this delicious spread mixed into egg yolks for a cheesy twist on the standard deviled egg.
The most common questions we get asked about making deviled eggs are these: What is the best way to cook hard boiled eggs? and What is the best way to peel hard boiled eggs? Well, we like to save time (and our sanity) by using the Egg Cooker. It takes less time than cooking eggs on the stove and they peel easily every time. This gadget has quickly become one of my home’s favorites.
After preparing your eggs, add the pre-made pimento cheese spread to the yolks and give it a good stir or a couple rounds with a hand mixer to make sure all the ingredients are well-combined. Pipe or spoon the filling into the egg white halves and top each deviled egg with a small slice of juicy bacon. It’s the perfect bite of savory, cheesy goodness, and it’s sure to be a hit at your next get-together.
In a large bowl, stir egg yolks and 1 1/2 cups pimento cheese until blended.
Pipe yolk mixture into each egg white half. Top each egg with bacon.
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The Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker makes perfect eggs every time. It has a 7 egg capacity when cooking perfect “hard boiled” eggs, and it also contains a 3-egg nonstick poaching tray. Now you don’t have to worry about peeling eggs that look and taste great every time.