I'm teaming up again with Hamilton Beach as a Brand Ambassador to bring you a very fall review and giveaway! There are so many fun foodie things that come with fall; pumpkin and apple flavors, meals around the table with your loved ones, and one of my favorites, slow cooker food! So you can imagine how excited I was to try out Hamilton Beach's Set & Forget 6 Quart Slow Cooker!
The slow cooker offers three cook options and is easy to set:
1. Program: select the temperature setting and cooking time (programmable in 30 minute increments) and the cooker will shift to keep warm once the food is ready.Unlike slow cookers I have cooked with in the past, it is great to be able to set a customized timer versus choose from standard 4 or 6 hour settings. I love that the cooker will shift to keep your food warm yet won't overcook it before you are ready to sit down and eat. And this is a great option for those who want to start their slow cooker in the morning before they leave for work!
2. Probe: select the desired internal temperature for a piece of meat, insert the probe and the slow cooker will cook until that temperature is reached, again switching to warm when the food is ready. The internal temperature will display on the front. This option is SO cool; it takes the guess work and "ruining" of your meal by having to cut into it to see if it's done out of the mix.
3. Manual: choose your temperature setting without setting a timer.
A unique feature to the Hamilton Beach slow cooker is it's lid. Both sides "lock" into place to prevent bubbling as well as spills. This is especially handy if you are transporting your slow cooker somewhere. The first few times I hooked and unhooked the side it was tough, but over time (I already noticed on my second use of the slow cooker) these locks soften up.
Something I noticed right after my first use was how evenly this cooks your dish. Not only that, but the food doesn't burn onto the sides like other slow cookers do!
Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this slow cooker. It's size provides flexibility if you are cooking for one or for a crowd. The price point is very reasonable and it stores nicely in a kitchen cabinet.
I made one of my recipe staples, chicken enchiladas, to test out the slow cooker and to celebrate my mom's birthday. I wanted to pick a recipe that would be easy but extremely delicious. I first got this recipe from a coworker years ago and have tweaked it over time; it's an ideal comfort meal, freezes wonderfully and makes for great leftovers! Not to mention it's great for busy families during the week. I highly recommend giving it a shot and adding your own twists!
1 package fresh chicken breast
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 small can enchilada sauce
1 package of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 bag of frozen corn
1 package flour tortillas
sour cream and hot sauce (optional)
Combine the chicken, tomatoes, and enchilada sauce in your slow cooker and set to high for 2.5 hours.
Take the chicken out and let cool on a plate, then roughly shred and put back into the cooker. Add 1/2 of the cheese and the frozen corn and let cook another 30 minutes.
Once this is done cooking, prepare your assembly station with the flour tortillas, remaining cheese and slow cooker mixture. Grease a baking pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
I recommend using wax paper as a working space and a slotted spoon to scoop out the chicken mixture.
One at at a time, fill a tortilla with a scoop of the chicken mixture and roll it, then place it in the pan. Repeat until everything is used. Top the enchiladas with the remaining cheese, the sauce leftover in the slow cooker pan and diced green onion.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Serve with sour cream and hot sauce!
I'm so excited to use my slow cooker this season, for everything from soups to roasts, and I'm even more excited to share the chance to win a slow cooker of your own!
-This giveaway will run from Monday, November 10th (12 AM) to Friday, November 14th (11:59 PM).
-To clarify, you are entering to win a brand new Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 Quart Slow Cooker. I will coordinate with the winner and Hamilton Beach to have the mixer shipped directly to you from their distribution center.
-Using the Rafflecopter box below, log in and leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite slow cooker dish is to make!
-You can also follow me on Twitter (@loganmer) for extra points to win!
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-Rafflecopter will randomly select the winner, who I will reach out to over the weekend.
Update: This giveaway has ended and a winner has been selected at random by Rafflecopter. Thank you to all who entered and I appreciate you checking out Sage & Serendipity!