Bubbles’ birthday party is next weekend and I’ve been working on our menu. Most of the party ideas I found earlier were for sweets and decor; only one of them was for something to go with the meal. And while Minnie Oreo pops and cupcakes sound delicious, I think our guests might also like something savory. Appetizers, dips, and finger sandwiches all came to mind as they’re usually easy to throw together and people can graze while they talk and hang out.
My husband makes a great cheesy sausage dip that we often have for family gatherings and tailgating but I thought maybe for this party we’d have something just a bit different. I don’t want to serve my guests anything I haven’t tried before, though, so for the last few days I’ve been cooking up small batches of dip to sample. One that I found that I like is the Pleasing Pizza Dip submitted by Jennifer Crsip to Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round.
Slow Cooker Pleasing Pizza Dip
1 C ground Italian pork sausage, browned & drained
1 C pepperoni, diced
2 8oz packages cream cheese, cubed
2 C shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C sour cream
2 1/2 C pizza sauce
2 1/2 T dried oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
Combine all ingredients except tortilla chips in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until dip is smooth and warmed through. Serve warm with tortilla chips. Serves 10-12.
What I love about this recipe is that you can mix it up to include your favorite pizza toppings. I’m not sure if all our guests like mushrooms, but the next time I make this for just our family (for a football game or just to snack on during the weekend) I will probably add a small can of sliced mushrooms. Or maybe ground beef instead of sausage plus a handful of diced bacon. Lots of possibilities!
Slow Cooker Recipes From Gooseberry Patch
Many of you have asked for more slow cooker recipes so you should definitely check out the Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round cookbook. We have also made the Beef Stroganoff and I’m looking forward to trying the Apple Cider Pork Chops and Hot Fudge Sundae Cake. There are over 225 recipes in total, and they cover everything from appetizers and sauces to desserts and beverages. It’s also broken down into four sections, one for each season, so no matter what time of year you’ll be able to find exactly what you need.
Throughout the year I’ll be bringing you many more new recipes and books from Gooseberry Patch as one of their official 2013 Reviewers. I’ll also have a copy of each book to give away, starting with Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round. Giveaway closed.
What are your favorite slow cooker recipes?
I received a copy of the above book in order to facilitate my review. No additional compensation was received and all opinions, as always, are 100% that of myself and my family.