Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Three More Small Group Friendly Recipes

Due to popular demand, I am posting a few more recipes that are great for small groups and quick to prep.  All of these recipes can be done in a crock pot.  I have personally made each of these for small groups and have found them easy and popular.  What are your favorite recipes for small group gatherings?  

Original Taco Soup
--2 cans of kidney beans
--1 cans of pinto beans
--1 can black beans
--1 can of corn or some frozen corn
--1 large can of diced tomatoes
--1 can tomato sauce
--1 and 1/2 cup water
--1 can tomatoes and chilies (or separate can of chilies)
--1 packet taco seasoning
--1 packet ranch dressing mix
--1 lb browned ground turkey or hamburger
--shredded cheese, tortilla chips and sour cream for embellishment

The Directions:

--brown meat
--drain fat and add to crock pot stoneware insert
--sprinkle seasoning packets on top of meat
--drain and rinse the beans and add
--add the ENTIRE contents of the corn and tomato cans

cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5. I think the longer you cook soup, the better, so if you have the time, opt for cooking on low. Stir well, and serve with a handful of shredded cheese, tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

Cranberry Chicken
1 bottle french dressing (8oz)
1 can whole cranberries
1 package onion soup mix (Lipton makes this in soup aisle)
6 or so chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)

Stir it all together in crock pot and cook on low for about 3 hours or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice.

(I doubled this recipe and cooked it for 5 hours to serve 15)

Soy Sauce and Beer Chicken Drumsticks

1 can of beer
1/2 c of soy sauce
3 tbsp of vinegar
2 tbsp of sugar
A few thick slices of ginger
Half a chopped yellow onion (cubes)
Chicken drumsticks or better yet Chicken wings

Dump into a large pot. Boil for 1-2 hours until the sauce thickens. OR cook on high for 4 hours in a crock pot. 

Beer tenderizes the chicken and helps flavors to sink in. Serve over rice.

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