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Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

One of our most-viewed recipes is classic slow cooker pot roast, and we think we know why it’s so popular. After all, it only involves dumping a few simple ingredients into the slow cooker and walking away for 8 hours! So how can we achieve the same bang for our buck, but with a twist that makes pot roast special for the holidays?

Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

To start, we simply add a few seasonal root vegetables like turnips and rutabaga. Then, we dress up the sauce with flavorful spices and succulent cranberries. Add a few sprigs of fresh herbs before placing on the table, and Voila! Dinner is served, and my, does it look tasty! This year, the holidays will be as easy as any weekday dinner, but with all the exceptional and thoughtful touches that make the season sparkle.

Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 to 3 1/2-pound beef chuck roast
4 large carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces
2 small turnips, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces
1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces
1 medium sweet onion, cut in eighths
1 can (14 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
1 envelope (1 oz.) dry onion soup mix
1 cup fresh cranberries
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
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In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Brown beef on both sides.
Meanwhile, place half of the carrots, turnips, rutabaga and onion in bottom of slow cooker crock.
Place beef on top of vegetables in crock. Arrange remaining vegetables around beef.
In a medium bowl, mix cranberry sauce, soup mix, cranberries, cornstarch, cinnamon, thyme, pepper, allspice and cloves. Pour over beef and vegetables.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
Notes
If you have a slow cooker with stove-top safe cookware, substitute the cookware for the skillet in the directions above. After browning beef, place cookware in slow cooker base, arrange veggies and beef, then continue with Step 4.
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Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of Hamilton Beach

Grandma makes them every Sunday with her famous meatloaf, Aunt Maria adds roasted garlic and my cousin whips them up to serve with fried chicken. You know and love this humble side dish: the mashed potato. Mashed potatoes are a comfort food staple and often have a special place next to the turkey and gravy on the Thanksgiving table. But in the name of spicing things up (just a little bit), why not add some color to this year’s classic?

Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of Hamilton Beach

Using other root vegetables in your mashed potatoes gives added depth and color, plus it’s a great way to introduce your family to a new vegetable or two. Since this recipe also has regular potatoes, it will still have that familiar texture. Use a hand mixer to make it easy to combine everything. Along with some sauteed onion, butter and milk, you have the makings of a new fall favorite. Try these mashed root veggies well into the season with roasted chicken or as a base for braised short ribs. You’ll be glad you stepped out of the mashed potato box.

Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of Hamilton Beach


Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 pound parsnips, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound turnips, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 large carrot, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 pounds potatoes, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes
1/4 cup butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
In a large saucepot, add parsnips, turnips, carrot and enough water to cover. Cook over high heat 20 minutes. Add potatoes and continue cooking, about 15 minutes until vegetables are fork tender. Drain water and transfer cooked vegetables to a large mixing bowl.
While vegetables are cooking, in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook for 4 minutes or until onions are translucent.
Add onion mixture, milk, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the root vegetables. Beat with hand mixer until well blended with small pieces remaining.
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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Cinnamon Butter and Savory Herb Butter - perfect to please both types of sweet potato lovers at Thanksgiving this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Without fail, Thanksgiving season conversations bring up the topic of sweet potatoes. For some reason, this creates a debate about which type of sweet potato dish is best – the sweet casserole with marshmallows or the savory dish with herbs and butter.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Cinnamon Butter and Savory Herb Butter - perfect to please both types of sweet potato lovers at Thanksgiving this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I’m staunchly in the savory sweet potato camp, and no amount of cinnamon, sugar or marshmallow can make me change my mind. This usually means I’m left feeling jealous of the pretty mounds of toasted mallow and pecans on everyone else’s plates.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Cinnamon Butter and Savory Herb Butter - perfect to please both types of sweet potato lovers at Thanksgiving this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Our Test Kitchen manager Pat is the complete opposite. She loves bringing out the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes by adding cinnamon and marshmallows in the typical casserole application. She likes savory sweet potatoes alright, but wouldn’t choose that style over a sweet one.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Cinnamon Butter and Savory Herb Butter - perfect to please both types of sweet potato lovers at Thanksgiving this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

So how do we please everyone at our Thanksgiving dinner? Is it possible to please the sweet AND savory crowds without making two different dishes? I mean, we’re already so busy and cooking so much on Thanksgiving that we don’t want to add more work, but we never want to serve something our guests don’t like, right?

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Cinnamon Butter and Savory Herb Butter - perfect to please both types of sweet potato lovers at Thanksgiving this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach 

The perfect solution came to us in the Test Kitchen one day. We were talking about serving baked sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving instead of a casserole, and the question of how we would top them arose. At the same time, Pat said cinnamon butter and I said garlic herb butter. Voila! Compound butters are so easy to make, why not serve both and let your guests choose?

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Cinnamon Butter and Savory Herb Butter - perfect to please both types of sweet potato lovers at Thanksgiving this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We love this innovative idea so much, we think it would work for Thanksgiving and beyond. These sweet potatoes are so easy and the butter is something you can prepare days ahead of time, so it would be great for a weeknight meal or a dinner party with friends. And if you were to invite Pat and me to dinner, we’d both be satisfied with our sweet potatoes and grateful to our thoughtful host.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Cinnamon Butter and Savory Herb Butter - perfect to please both types of sweet potato lovers at Thanksgiving this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet or Savory Butter
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
6 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
Cinnamon Butter
Salted Garlic Herb Butter
Instructions
Heat oven to 450ºF. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil.
Prick each sweet potato several times with a fork and place on baking pan.
Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until fork tender. Serve with Cinnamon Butter or Salted Garlic Herb Butter.
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Cinnamon Butter

Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
Using an electric mixer with flat beaters, beat butter on high speed until light and fluffy.
Add sugar and cinnamon, beat until light, smooth and creamy.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours to blend flavors.
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Salted Garlic Herb Butter

Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
Using an electric mixer with flat beaters, beat butter on high speed until light and fluffy.
Add chives, parsley, rosemary, salt and garlic, beating until just blended.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours to blend flavors.
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Did you know that 46 million people in the US deal with hunger issues? This is why I’ve teamed up with over 30 fellow food bloggers to publish a cookbook where all proceeds go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

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Where Slow Food And Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners From Our Kitchens To Yours is full of delicious slow cooker recipes that use healthy whole ingredients and most of the recipes cost less than $3.00 per serving to make.

 

Here’s the picture of one of my contributions to the book: Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner. Sounds yummy, right? You can get this recipe below.

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There are so many tasty recipes in this book like Autumn Apple Chicken Sandwiches and Pumpkin, Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup. There’s a Chicken Burrito Bowl, Balsamic Orange Roast Beef, Chinese Beef and Broccoli, and Creamy Buffalo Chicken. And let’s not forget about Whole Tuscan Chicken and Sweet and Spicy Carnitas. The list goes on and on with enough healthy, easy slow cooker recipes to last you a month.

If you head over to my blog, I’m giving away a Set & Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid with a copy of our cookbook. Enter to win the slow cooker and be sure to use the entry options that get the word out about this great cause.

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Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner
SERVES: 6

I love to give scalloped potatoes a twist by adding other ingredients. One time I went with Tex-Mex flavors like chili powder, tomatoes, corn and cheddar. My family liked it so much that I decided to turn it into a complete dinner by adding ground beef for protein and carrots for a larger healthy vegetable portion.
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 (28 ounce) can low-sodium crushed tomatoes
1 (28 ounce) can low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium black beans
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, cut in 1⁄4 inch slices
1 (16 ounce) bag crinkle-cut carrot chips
12 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
2 spring onions, chopped
Instructions
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through, 4-6 minutes. Drain off any fat or juices. Transfer beef to a large bowl along with the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, black beans, bell pepper, chilli powder, garlic powder and black pepper. Stir well. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
Measure 1 cup of the beef and sauce mixture into a 6 quart slow cooker. Put one quarter of the potatoes in a single over-lapping scalloped layer over the sauce. Add a carrot chip in between each slice of potato. Top with 2 cups beef sauce and then 1⁄2 cup of cheese.
Add a second layer of potatoes and carrots, 2 cups more sauce and 3⁄4 cup of cheese. Repeat until you have 4 layers of potatoes total, finishing off by using all remaining sauce and cheese in the final layer.
Cook in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours. Open lid and spoon off any liquid that has risen to the top and discard it (this top liquid contains excessive grease from the cheese and meat). Let sit with the lid open for 15 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to serve. Top servings with the spring onions.
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Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In our Heritage Dish series, we feature Hamilton Beach employees and their favorite family recipes. This month, we highlight Atle Larsen, Group Brand Manager, and one of his favorite family recipes inspired by life on the water in Norway.

For as long as I can remember, fish and seafood have been an important part of my diet. Growing up near the ocean in Norway, I have fond memories of going down to the harbor, pumping rainwater out of the boat, and setting out to sea with my grandfather Emil to either set or pull fishing nets.

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Peering over the side of the boat while my grandfather pulled the nets, I would watch in anticipation of what we might catch.  If I could see white (the belly of the fish), I knew we would go home with dinner.  Back at my grandparents’ house, one of us would clean and prepare the fish for dinner and the freezer.

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

On occasion, we would bring back cod, which meant I could look forward to my then-favorite dinner: boiled cod with boiled potatoes and carrots along with melted butter and parsley. The more abundant pollock and haddock was either served pan fried or made into fiskekaker (fish cakes).

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Fiskekaker presented a great opportunity to add some spices and flavors to the typically bland Norwegian diet. My grandmother would prepare fiskekaker just like the recipe described below. After browning, they were added to a saucepan full of brown sauce and were often served with boiled potatoes. Potatoes are a staple in my home region and were served every night in my home except when we had spaghetti bolognese. From the age of seven, it was my responsibility to peel the potatoes for dinner. I have always enjoyed the flavorful taste of fiskekaker and it brings back special memories of fishing as a child with my grandfather.

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Norwegian Fish Cakes - Atle Larsen shares his favorite recipe from his childhood in Norway on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Norwegian Fish Cakes with Brown Gravy and Vegetables
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
3 medium potatoes, peeled, sliced in quarters lengthwise
6 large rainbow carrots, peeled, cut into 2” pieces
2 lbs boneless skinless white fish fillets (haddock, cod, etc)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons potato starch
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅔ cup whole milk
¼ cup chopped fresh chives
⅔ cup all purpose flour, divided
6 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
½ yellow onion, chopped
3 cups beef stock, divided
2 Tablespoons Kitchen Bouquet
salt and pepper
Instructions
Put the potatoes and carrots in a medium pot and cover with cold, salted water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Place large chunks of fish and salt in work bowl of food processor and, using S-blade, pulse until coarsely chopped. Add potato starch and nutmeg and pulse to combine. Slowly add the milk, pulsing just until combined, and then the chives. Form the fish cakes into 12 round patties. Put 1/3 cup flour on a plate and dip patties to coat.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, fry on both sides until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
Cook onions in remaining oil while fish cakes are draining. When the onions are soft and translucent, remove them from the pan and set aside.
Add 1 cup stock and scrape the pan until all the browned bits have become loose. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes to allow stock to reduce.
Add remaining ⅓ cup flour and whisk to combine until there are no visible lumps. Cook another 1-2 minutes, whisking continuously, until the gravy thickens and becomes smooth. Gradually add the Kitchen Bouquet and the rest of the stock to the pan and whisk until smooth, cooking another 4-5 minutes, or until the gravy is slightly thicker but not quite at desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Reduce the heat to low. Add the onion, potatoes and carrots to the pan and stir into the gravy. Add the fish cakes to the pan and let simmer in brown gravy for 2-3 minutes, or until gravy has reached desired consistency. Serve fish cakes in the gravy with the vegetables.
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