Irresistible Slow-Cooker Appetizers
Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Smoky bacon and salty blue cheese bring new flavor to an old favorite.
Balsamic Vinegar and Honey Pulled-Pork Sliders
A boneless pork shoulder roast slow cooks with vegetables and herbs until it's fork-tender. Combine with a homemade barbecue sauce for the last hour of cooking, then spoon onto sliders with coleslaw and chopped pickles.
Caramelized Onion-and-Cranberry Cheese Toasts
These tempting bite-size treats feature a slow-cooked mixture of onion, apple and cranberries served over a blend of cheeses on toasted French bread. Use any leftover onion mixture as a relish for pork or poultry.
Lemon-Zested Snacker Mix
Healthy snacking made easy! Slow cook cereal, seeds and nuts with a savory blend of lemon peel and herbs.
Mulled Cranberry Punch
Cranberry juice, juice concentrate, spices, orange juice and water simmers in your slow cooker. If you're serving this punch at a party, keep it warm on the low-heat setting for up to two hours.
Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer
Shape and bake the chicken meatballs ahead of time, then pop them in your slow cooker with cranberry and barbecue sauces.
Mango-Habanero Pulled Chicken Bites
Sweet barbecue sauce, refreshing mangoes and hot habaneros give zesty flavor and color to slow-cooked chicken. Serve on baguette slices with additional mango.
Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce
Rich peanut sauce with a slight bite from crushed red pepper coats chicken wings to create an easy party appetizer.
Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites for a Crowd
Start this appetizer by stir-frying packaged strips of chicken, pork or beef, then let the strips slow cook in a mix of spicy mustard and fajita seasoning. Fill warmed tortillas, slice and serve!
For a super-easy appetizer: Slow cook mushrooms with crushed red pepper, hoisin sauce, water and minced garlic.
Bourbon-Glazed Cocktail Sausages
A rich blend of apricot preserves, maple syrup and bourbon adds a sweet accent to smoked sausage.
Slow Cooker Sweet-Hot Nuts
Nuts in your slow cooker? Sure! Just toss them with sugar, butter and spices, and cook on low heat for two hours.
Barbecue Turkey Wedges
This combo of barbecue sauce, chopped veggies and cooked ground turkey tastes great on oven-crisped pita wedges.
Spoon nutritious slow-cooked veggies onto sliced bread or crackers for a healthy appetizer.
Artichoke hearts, dried tomatoes and sauce combine for a rich, creamy dip. Our recipe calls for processed Swiss cheese because it melts smoothly, but regular Swiss cheese will work fine, too. The dip will have a more stretchy, less creamy texture, but it tastes just as good.
Tea and Cider Wassail
Tea, four fruit juices and spices brew in your slow cooker. Serve the drink from the cooker or a heatproof bowl.
Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites
Choose your favorite flavor of chicken sausage links and cover with an easy homemade glaze.
Fruit Chutney with Spiced Chips
Guests will love this spiced mixture of apples, pears and cranberries. Cinnamon pita chips can be prepared a day in advance or purchased to save time. Top each serving with crumbled goat cheese.
Cuban Pork Wraps
Slow-cooked pork shoulder roast turns to a tender shredded meat filling for flour tortillas.
Broccoli-Cheese Dip with Potato Dippers
Slow cook cheesy broccoli dip with reduced-fat cheeses, then serve with baked potato slices for a healthier alternative to full-fat or fried appetizers.
Molasses, lime juice and soy sauce add a pleasant kick to slow-cooked meatballs.
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