Cuisinart PSC-650C - Slow Cooker Specifications

Countertop
Cooking
INSTRUCTION BOOKLET
Programmable Slow Cooker
For your safety and continued enjoyment of this product,
always read the instruction book carefully before using.
PSC-650C
IMPORTANT
SAFEGUARDS
When using an electrical appliance, basic safety
precautions should always be followed:
1. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
2. Do not touch hot surfaces; use handles or
knobs.
3. To protect against risk of electrical shock,
do not immerse the slow cooker housing in
water or any other liquid. If housing falls into
liquid, unplug the cord from outlet
immediately. DO NOT reach into the liquid.
4. To avoid possible accidental injury, close
supervision is necessary when any
appliance is used by or near children.
5. Unplug from outlet when not in use and
before cleaning. Allow to cool before putting
on or taking off parts.
6. Do not operate any appliance with a
damaged cord or plug or after the appliance
has malfunctioned or has been dropped or
damaged in any way or is not operating
properly. Return the appliance to the nearest
Customer Service (see Warranty for details)
for examination, repair or mechanical or
electrical adjustment.
7. The use of attachments not recommended
by Cuisinart may cause fire, electrical shock,
or risk of injury.
8. Do not use outdoors or anywhere the cord
or unit housing might come into contact
with water while in use.
9. Do not use the slow cooker for anything
other than its intended use.
10. To avoid the possibility of the slow cooker
being accidentally pulled off work area,
which could result in damage to the slow
cooker or personal injury, do not let cord
hang over edge of table or counter.
11. To avoid damage to cord and possible fire or
electrocution hazard, do not let cord contact
hot surfaces, including a stove.
12. Extreme caution must be used when moving
a slow cooker containing hot oil or other hot
liquids.
13. Do not place on or near a hot gas or electric
burner, or in a heated oven.
14. Do not operate slow cooker in water or
under running water.
15. Avoid sudden temperature changes, such as
adding refrigerated foods to a heated pot.
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16. CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
ELECTRIC SHOCK, COOK ONLY IN THE
CERAMIC POT PROVIDED OR PLACED
COOKING RACK INSIDE THE CERAMIC
POT. DO NOT USE METAL CONTAINERS.
17. CAUTION: A heated ceramic pot may
damage countertops or tables. When
removing the hot ceramic pot from the slow
cooker, DO NOT place it directly on any
unprotected surface. Always set the hot pot
on a trivet or a rack.
18. To disconnect, press the On/Off button, and
then remove the plug from the wall outlet.
SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS
FOR HOUSEHOLD USE
ONLY
SPECIAL CORD SET
INSTRUCTIONS
A short power supply cord is provided to
reduce the risks of becoming entangled in or
tripping over a longer cord. Longer extension
cords are available and may be used if care is
exercised.
If a long extension cord is used,
the marked electrical rating of the extension
cord should be at least as great as the
electrical rating of the appliance. The longer
cord should be arranged so that it will not
drape over the countertop or tabletop where it
can be pulled
on by children or tripped over unintentionally.
NOTICE
This appliance has a polarized plug (one prong
is wider than the other). As a safety feature,
this plug will fit into a polarized outlet only one
way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet,
reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a
qualified electrician. Do not attempt to defeat
this safety feature.
CONTENTS
7. LOW, HIGH and SIMMER Indicator Lights
Indicate the unit is cooking on the Low,
High or Simmer setting.
8. WARM Indicator Light
Indicates the unit has automatically
switched to the Warm setting if time has
expired, or the unit has been manually
switched to Warm.
9. Chrome-Plated Handles
Cool-touch insulated handles.
10. Retractable Cord Storage
(not shown)
Convenient retractable cord storage.
Important Safeguards . . . . . . . . 1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Features and Benefits . . . . . . . .
2
Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . 2
Operation
Cooking with Timer . . . . . . . . . Setting Cooking Modes . . . . . .
Cooking without Timer . . . . . . .
Cooking Guidelines . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning and Maintenance . . . . 3
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4
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Warranty Information . . . . . . . . 72
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Introduction
Get ready to enjoy the easiest homemade
dinners ever…perfectly cooked, warm and
waiting when you walk in the door. Once you
plug in your new Cuisinart® Programmable
Slow Cooker and read our instructions, you’ll
see how easy it is to use – and how many
different things you can cook! With a slow
cooker, all the work is done ahead of time, so
dinnertime is as relaxing for the cook as it is for
the diners. Enjoy!
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FEATURES AND Benefits
1. Glass Lid with Stainless Steel Rim and
Chrome-Plated Handle
See-through glass lid keeps ingredients
moist. Stainless steel complements any
kitchen. (Not oven-safe.)
2. Cooking Rack
Allows you to use a 1-quart
(0.9 L) soufflé pan in your
Slow Cooker.
3. Ceramic Pot
6.5-quart (6 L) oval ceramic pot
accommodates larger cuts of meat. Stick
resistant and dishwasher safe for easy
cleaning.
4. Stainless Steel Housing
Stainless steel construction is easy to
clean, while wraparound heating elements
ensure even cooking.
5. Cooking Time Display
Large display in blue background shows
remaining cook time. Countdown time up
to 24:00 hours.
6. Timer Control
24-hour timer allows you to set the cook
time. After the time expires, the unit
automatically switches to the Warm setting.
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Assembly Instructions
To use your Cuisinart® Slow Cooker:
1. Carefully unpack the Slow Cooker.
2. Rinse the ceramic pot and glass lid in warm,
soapy water. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
3. Wipe all interior and exterior surfaces of the
Slow Cooker base with a soft, damp cloth.
4. Place ceramic pot and rack (if using) in the
base of the unit.
5. Place the lid on top of the ceramic pot.
6. Plug in power cord. Your slow cooker is now
ready for use.
OPERATION
Your Cuisinart® Slow Cooker cooks food
automatically once you set the time and the
desired cooking mode. When time expires, the
unit automatically switches to the Warm setting
and the Warm indicator light illuminates. When
cooking time and mode are set, the unit will
perform those functions until the cooking time
expires or the unit is manually turned off.
Cooking WITH the Timer
1. Place the unit on a clean, dry counter.
2. Remove glass lid.
3. Fill ceramic pot with ingredients.
4. Replace lid.
5. Plug in unit. There will be no power to the
slow cooker until it is turned on.
6. To turn unit on, press On/Off button. The
slow cooker will beep once, and the On/Off
red indicator light and colon (: ) on the LCD
display will flash.
7. Set the desired cooking time by pushing the
+ or - button. The timer ranges from 00:00
to 24:00 hours in 30-minute increments.
NOTE: If there is no timer input, the On/Off
and the colon on the reading display will
continue to flash.
• Press the + button to increase time in 30minute increments or press the - button to
decrease time in 30-minute increments.
• Press and hold + or - to scroll automatically
in 30-minute steps.
• Press + and - simultaneously to reset to
00:00. Repeat the above two steps to reset
time.
• After setting time, timer display and On/Off
indicator will still flash. Please proceed to
setting the cooking mode.
8. Setting Cooking Modes
Set the desired cooking modes by pressing
High, Low or Simmer setting. Refer to
Cooking Table Guidelines on page 6.
When the desired cooking mode is selected,
the unit will beep once, the blue indicator
next to Low, High or Simmer will illuminate
to denote the selected cooking mode, and
any flashing light will become solid.
NOTE: The cooking mode can be overridden
by pressing any other mode buttons.
Once cooking time has expired, the unit will
automatically switch to the Warm setting.
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The blue indicator light next to the Warm
setting will light and remain on Warm for 8
hours maximum (this time can be adjusted at
any time). When the Warm time expires, the
unit will beep for 5 seconds and then turn off
automatically
9. To turn the unit off manually, press the On/
Off button.
10. Lift ceramic pot carefully,
using potholders.
NOTE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) recommends that when cooking
anything containing meat in a slow cooker,
the meat should reach 140°F (60°C) within
2 hours. This ensures that the meat will reach
food-safe temperatures in the proper amount
of time.
Cooking WITHOUT the Timer
If no timer is set in conjunction with any
cooking setting, the selected cooking setting of
High, Low or Simmer will default to 24-hour
cooking time.
1. Place the unit on a clean,
dry counter.
2. Remove glass lid.
3. Fill ceramic pot with ingredients.
4. Replace lid.
5. Plug in unit. There will be no power to the
slow cooker until it is turned on.
6. To turn unit on, press On/Off button. The
slow cooker will beep once, and the On/Off
indicator red light and colon (: ) on the LCD
display will flash.
7. Set the desired cooking modes by pressing
High, Low or Simmer setting. Refer to the
cooking table guidelines on page 4.
If you choose to use the timer, please refer
to the Cooking With the Timer section and
follow Line 7.
8. When the desired cooking mode is
selected, the unit will beep once, the blue
indicator next to Low, High or Simmer will
illuminate to denote the selected cooking
mode, On will be displayed on LCD and
any flashing light will become solid. NOTE:
The cooking mode can be overridden by
pressing any other mode buttons.
9. Once 24-hour default cooking time has
expired, the unit will beep for 5 seconds
then turn off automatically.
10. To turn the unit off manually, press the
On/Off button.
11. Lift ceramic pot carefully, using potholders.
Cooking Guidelines
Three cooking modes, Simmer, Low and High, give you the opportunity
to prepare a wider variety of dishes. You can adapt many recipes to slow down the cooking time,
or speed it up, to coordinate meals to your schedule.
You will usually want to use the Simmer or Low setting for recipes that cook longer. If you’re
starting a dish later in the day, select the High setting to ensure that your food is cooked, warm,
and ready when you’d like to eat.
Setting
Guidelines
Recipes
Program
Temp.
Timer
High
This is the setting to use when
you don’t have time for a long,
slow cook. It’s also the setting
to select when “baking” in
your slow cooker.
Casseroles, puddings,
cheesecakes, rolls
212˚F (100˚C)–
165˚F (74˚C)
Programmable
up to 24 hours,
then 8 hours (Warm)
Low
Low is the standard slow
cooker temperature, and is
ideal for foods that you start
in the morning before work,
and enjoy at the end of your
day.
Braises, roasts, stews,
ribs, casseroles,
shanks, chops, less
tender cuts of meat
soups
200˚F (93˚C)–
165˚F (74˚C)
Programmable
up to 24 hours,
then 8 hours (Warm)
Simmer
The longer the cooking time,
the more flavours blend
together and intensify.
Soups, stews, stocks
185˚F (85˚C)–
165˚F (74˚C)
Programmable
up to 24 hours,
then 8 hours (Warm)
165˚F (74˚C)
If cook mode is timed,
Warm defaults to 8 hours
maximum and is
programmable up to
24hrs. If no timer is set,
the unit will turn off at
the end of cooking cycle.
Warm
Do not use this setting to
cook food or as a cooking
function. This setting intended
only to use with preheated
foods.
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Cleaning and
Maintenance
Unplug your Cuisinart® Slow Cooker and allow it
to cool before cleaning. Place ceramic pot and
lid in the dishwasher or wash with warm, soapy
water. If food sticks to the surface, fill ceramic
pot with warm, soapy water and allow to soak
before cleaning. If scouring is necessary, use a
nonabrasive cleanser or liquid detergent with a
nylon pad or brush.
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Slow Cooker
Cookbook
traditional to gourmet recipes
model psc-650c
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Get ready to slow down and enjoy meals!
Your Cuisinart® Slow Cooker is designed to have
your favourite one-pot recipes ready and waiting for you.
Slow cooking is a traditional method that tenderizes meats
and melds flavours to produce delicious family dinners
and easy, relaxing suppers with friends.
You can even prepare desserts in your Slow Cooker.
Easy to operate, easy to serve from,
and easy to clean...
enjoy!
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Contents
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Tips & Hints
9 - 11
Important Guidelines
12
Suggested Foods
13
List of Recipes
14 - 15
Starters/Beverages/Miscellaneous
16 - 18
Soups & Stocks
19 - 26
Stews & Chilis
27 - 31
Entrées & Sauces
32 - 47
Side Dishes
48 - 58
Desserts
59 - 71
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Tips & Hints
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› Before food is added, the ceramic pot may be lightly coated with cooking spray so cooked
foods release more easily.
› Root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes will take longer to cook. Either cut the pieces
smaller or place on bottom of Slow Cooker. Baby carrots, for example, may take longer than
other vegetables.
› Ground meats and uncooked sausages should always be browned and drained before adding
to Slow Cooker. Smoked sausage such as kielbasa does not need to be browned (though it
may add flavour and visual appeal). If browning the night before, make certain the meat is
cooked completely through and properly refrigerated. Combine with other ingredients just
before slow cooking.
› Browning meats (roasts, chops, cubes for stews) and poultry adds flavour and eye appeal to the
finished dishes. It also helps cook out some of the fat.
› In general, cooking for 1 hour on High is the equivalent of cooking for
2 hours on Low.
› If you are not ready to serve food immediately, switch to the Warm mode to hold foods until
ready to serve.
› Tender vegetables, or those that you wish to be crisp-tender, should be added
during the last 30 minutes of cooking time to prevent overcooking.
› Each time you remove the lid, you will lose heat and will need to add 15 to
20 minutes to your cooking time. If you do need to stir (or peek), lift the lid just slightly so
that you can get the spoon or spatula in.
› A fat mop can be used to remove separated fat from slow cooked food by brushing it over the
top. Alternatively, the food may be refrigerated, and the congealed fat can then be lifted off
and discarded before reheating and serving.
› Many slow-cooked foods such as stews benefit from cooling and refrigerating, then
reheating – as the saying goes, stew or chili is always better the second day.
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› If using frozen foods, thaw completely before adding to Slow Cooker.
› To cut the fat from recipes, remove as much of the visible fat as possible from meats and
poultry. Cook and drain all ground meats. Remove skin from poultry.
› Dried beans should be soaked overnight, then rinsed, drained and rinsed again before cook-
ing. Do not add salt or any acid to beans when cooking, as it will prevent them from softening
completely. Dried beans can be cooked ahead, drained and frozen. Thaw before adding to
your favourite recipes.
› The Slow Cooker is perfect for foods that require long, slow simmering, such as soups, stocks,
stews, and dried beans.
› The Slow Cooker is the perfect way to cook items that require a bain marie,
or water bath. We recommend starting out with hot water and cooking on High
for most of these recipes.
› Cooking ground meats in the Slow Cooker without browning them first is not recommended,
as ground meat has a high incidence of bacterial contamination. Ground meats used in the
Slow Cooker should be browned first. We strongly advise against cooking a meatloaf in the
Slow Cooker. (The Country Paté in our recipe book is an exception. The meat is “ground”
fresh in the Cuisinart® Food Processor and is cooked in a simmering water bath on the High
Setting. When tested with a probe thermometer, the Paté reached a safe food cooking temperature.)
› Most of the recipes in this book are cooked on Low using the timer function, to
allow you maximum freedom to go on to do other tasks. Most meats are better when cooked
on Low (slower) than on High, and the recipes are written as such.
If you prefer to slow cook on High, cut the cooking time in half.
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To adapt your own recipes to the Slow Cooker:
› For most recipes, reduce the cooking liquid by at least 50% (soups are the
exception). Liquids do not evaporate as they do in traditional cooking, and you often will end
up with more liquid than when you began.
› In most cases, all ingredients can go in the Slow Cooker at once and can cook all day on Low
setting. While it is not necessary to brown or sauté vegetables (onions, carrots, celery, peppers, etc.), it may add to the flavour. Browning meats adds to their taste and visual appeal, and
helps to remove fat.
› Certain cuts of meat are more appropriate for Slow Cooker cooking: brisket, tip roast, chuck
or rump roast, beef bottom round, pork shoulder or Boston butt, lamb shoulder, venison,
chicken legs and thighs. Particularly lean cuts such as boneless, skinless chicken breast or “new
generation” pork loin or tenderloin may seem dry when prepared in a Slow Cooker. See list
of meats that are best in Slow Cooker (page 4).
› Dairy products (milk, sour cream, some cheeses) will break down and curdle
during slow cooking. Substitute canned evaporated milk or nonfat dry milk, or add dairy
products during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
› When making soups, add solid ingredients to Slow Cooker and then liquid to cover.
If a thinner soup is desired, add more liquid to taste.
› If your recipe calls for precooked pasta – UNDERCOOK it.
› Add cooked rice to recipes during last hour of cooking.
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Important Guidelines
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› The Slow Cooker should always be at least half full for best cooking results;
however, the Slow Cooker should never be more than three-quarters full or about
1½ inch (3.75 cm) from the top rim.
› Because the Slow Cooker heats and cooks at low temperatures, food should be
at room temperature before it goes into the cooker. If the food is refrigerator
temperature, heat it on the high setting for about 2 hours to heat the contents to 140°F (60°C)
before changing to the low setting.
› If foods are to be cooked the next day in the ceramic pot, do not store in the refrigerator
overnight.
› Any leftover food should be removed from the ceramic pot and stored in plastic containers up
to 2 days, or frozen for future use.
› NEVER use the Slow Cooker to reheat food, as potentially harmful bacteria could develop
during the slow cooking process. Remove food from the ceramic pot and reheat in a heat-safe
container on a stovetop, or in an oven or microwave. Return food to the ceramic pot and
keep warm in an oven, covering with foil, if desired. DO NOT use the glass lid in an oven.
DO NOT place the ceramic pot on a stovetop or in a microwave.
› Do not place the ceramic pot directly on a table or countertop.
› Do not add frozen food such as meat or vegetables to Slow Cooker dishes. Heat to room
temperature before adding.
› For food safety reasons, whole chickens should not be cooked in a Slow Cooker. They may
not reach safe temperature in the proper amount of time.
› When cooking meat, it is recommended, to set the unit to High for one hour and then reducing the heat to Low.
› Avoid sudden temperature changes. Really cold food or water can crack a hot ceramic pot.
› Never heat the ceramic pot when it is empty.
› Do not touch sides of Slow Cooker ceramic pot or Slow Cooker base while food is cooking.
› Always use potholders or oven mitts when removing the lid or ceramic pot from the base
after cooking.
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Suggested Foods
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Meats
Beef / Veal: Choose cuts that are full of flavour and benefit from braising.
› Arm pot roast
› Beef brisket or corned beef brisket
› Beef short ribs
› Bottom round roast
› Chuck or rump roast
› Chuck shoulder steak
› Veal shanks
Pork: Less tender cuts work best – the lean “new generation pork” may become dry when
cooked in Slow Cooker.
› Boston butt roast
› Pork shoulder pieces
› Sausages
› Country-style pork ribs (bone-in)
› Pork shoulder or blade roast
Lamb: Choose flavourful cuts that benefit from braising to tenderize.
› Lamb shoulder
› Lamb stew meat
› Lamb shanks
Poultry: Best choice: dark meat – bone-in and skinless. Breast meat can become dry in
texture if cooked too long.
› Chicken or turkey legs and thighs (remove skin to reduce fat)
Game: Game generally tends to be less tender so it is perfect for the
Slow Cooker.
› Venison roasts or stew meat
› Pheasant, duck thighs and legs
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Recipes
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Starters/Beverages/Miscellaneous
› Spinach, Gruyère & Artichoke Dip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
› Mulled Cider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
› Irish Oatmeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
› Spanish Bean Soup with Chorizo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
› Caramelized Onion Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
› Sausage & Lentil Soup with Tortellini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
› Classic Split Pea Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
› Tomato Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
› Brown Beef Stock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
› Chicken Stock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
› Roasted Vegetable Stock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Soups & Stocks
Stew & Chilis
› White Chili with Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
› Beef Chili for a Crowd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
› Heart Smart Turkey Chili . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
› Mediterranean Seafood Stew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
› Seafood Chili . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
› Chicken Cacciatore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
› Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
› Barbecue Beef Brisket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
› Barbecue Sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
› Dilled Pot Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
› New England Short Ribs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
› Corned Beef with Vegetables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
› Pulled Pork Barbecue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
› Braised Veal Shanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
› Penne Lasagna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
› Red Beans & Sausage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
› Macaroni with Four Cheeses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
› Tomato Sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Entrees & Sauces
(continued)
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Side Dishes
› New Potatoes with Rosemary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
› "Almost" Baked Potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
› Warm Baked Potato Salad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
› Mashed Potato Pie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
› Party Potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
› Butternut Squash & Mushroom Scallop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
› Ratatouille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
› Roasted Beet Salad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
› Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
› Sweet Potatoes & Apples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
› Vegetable Tian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
› Wild Mushroom Ragout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
› Ginger Poached Pears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
› Honey Yogurt Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
› Stewed Rhubarb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
› Baked Apples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
› Apple Streusel Cheesecake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
› Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
› Chocolate Terrine with Chocolate Cookie Crust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
› Applesauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
› Apricot Almond Bread Pudding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
› Chocolate Pudding Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
› French Vanilla Rice Pudding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
› Peach Cobbler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
› Winter Fruit Crisp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
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6 15
Spinach, Gruyère
& Artichoke Dip
The slow cooker is the perfect vessel to bake our version of this old snack favourite
to feed a crowd, especially when your oven is busy with the rest of the meal.
Makes about 2 quarts (1.9 L)
16
ounces frozen spinach (one bag), thawed
3
ounces (85 g) Gruyère, shredded
1
garlic clove, finely chopped
2
cans [15 ounces (425 g) each] quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1
ounce (28 g) shallot, finely chopped
16
ounces reduced fat cream cheese, cut
into 1-inch (2.5 ml) pieces
2
ounces (57 g) Parmesan, grated
½
¼
cup (62 ml) evaporated fat-free milk,
not reconstituted
teaspoon (2 ml) Tabasco® or other hot
sauce (use more or less to taste)
Brush a 2-quart (1.9 L) soufflé dish lightly with olive oil or coat with cooking spray.
Place the spinach in a clean, dark kitchen towel and squeeze until all liquid is removed; reserve. Place the artichoke quarters in a towel and squeeze gently to remove excess liquid (do not squeeze too hard); reserve.
Place the cream cheese and evaporated milk in a large bowl. Using a hand-held mixer
on medium speed, beat until creamy and smooth. Add the Gruyère, garlic, shallot,
and two-thirds of the Parmesan; stir on low speed. Add the reserved artichoke hearts
and hot sauce; stir on low speed to blend.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Place the cooking rack in the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Place the filled soufflé dish on the rack.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 3 hours and press
High; slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Dip should be puffed and bubbly when done. Serve hot with crackers or sliced
French bread.
Nutritional information per serving [2 tablespoons (10 ml)]:
Calories 61 (59% from fat) • carb. 3g • pro. 4g • fat 4g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 9mg • sod. 192mg • calc. 95mg • fiber 1g
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6 16
Mulled Cider
Makes 4 quarts (3.8 L)
4
quarts (3.8 L) fresh unpasteurized apple cider
1
whole orange, unpeeled, sliced
½
cup (125 ml) brown sugar
6
slices peeled, fresh ginger, each about the size of a quarter
1½
teaspoons (7 L) whole cloves
4
whole cinnamon sticks
1
teaspoon (5 ml) whole allspice berries
Place all ingredients in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Stir to mix.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 3 hours and press
Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm after cooking time has elapsed.
Strain out orange slices and spices if desired. Ladle into mugs to serve.
Nutritional information per serving [½ cup (125 ml)]:
Calories 67 (0% from fat) • carb. 17g • pro. 0g • fat 0g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 5mg • calc. 14mg • fiber 0g
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6 17
Irish Oatmeal
Makes 8 servings
cooking spray
2
quarts (1.9 L) water
2
cups (500 ml) steel-cut Irish Oatmeal
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Place oatmeal, water and salt in the pot; stir. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 3 hours and press Low; slow cooker
will automatically switch to Warm after cooking time has elapsed.
Notes:
For a fruity oatmeal add chopped dried fruits such as apples, pears, plums, apricots,
peaches, cherries or cranberries; about 1 to 2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) per serving. For Cinnamon Irish Oatmeal, add 1 to 2 teaspoons (5-10 ml) dried cinnamon before cooking
Nutritional information per serving [about 7/8 cup (200 ml)]:
Calories 152 (16% from fat) • carb. 27g • pro. 5g • fat 2g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 0mg • sod. 172mg • calc. 5mg • fiber 4g
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6 18
Spanish Bean Soup
with Chorizo
Makes 12 cups (3 L)
½
pound (225 g) dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
8
ounces (228 g) onions, chopped
½
teaspoon (2 ml) saffron threads
1
ham hock [12 ounces (340 g)] or leftover ham bone
2
garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
12
ounces new potatoes [1 to 1½-inch
(2.5-3.75 cm) size], halved or quartered
8
cups (2 L) water
12
3
teaspoons (15 ml) olive oil, divided
ounces (340 g) chicken or turkey chorizo, chopped (hot sausage,
crumbled or kielbasa, chopped)
Soak chickpeas overnight in water to cover by 3 inches (7.5 cm). Drain and rinse.
Place in ceramic pot of Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with ham hock or ham bone and
potatoes.
Heat 2 teaspoons (10 ml) oil in 12-inch (30 cm) Cuisinart® skillet over medium
heat. Add onions; cook 2 to 3 minutes to soften. Stir in saffron and garlic. Cook 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add onion mixture to slow cooker with 8 cups (2 L) water.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 2 hours and press
High. Once time elapses set timer again for 6 hours and press Simmer; Slow Cooker
will automatically switch to Warm after cooking time has elapsed.
Heat remaining 1 teaspoon (5 ml) oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Brown
chorizo, drain; stir into soup. Slow cook on Low for 45 minutes. If the soup seems
too thick, add some more water.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 103 (18% from fat) • carb. 17g • pro. 4g • fat 2g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 12mg • calc. 40mg • fiber 6g
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6 19
Caramelized Onion Soup
Makes 8 servings
4
pounds (1.8 kg) onions, peeled and sliced
2
tablespoons (30 ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
2
tablespoons (30 ml) unsalted butter,
melted
1
tablespoon (15 ml) brown sugar
6
cups (1.5 L) meat stock (half chicken
and half beef is fine), hot
2
tablespoons (30 ml) Port
2
1½
tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive
oil
teaspoons (7 ml) kosher salt
Combine onions, butter, olive oil and salt in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow
Cooker. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time for one hour
and press High. Once time elapses, reset time for 5 hours and press Low to cook
until nicely browned. Stir every hour so the onions colour evenly.
When onions are done, sprinkle in flour and sugar. Cook on Low for 30 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Add hot stock and cook on High for one hour. Reduce to Low
for 2 hours longer. Stir in Port.
Serve soup with slices of toasted French bread, topped with melted Parmesan cheese.
Nutritional information per serving [¾ cup (188 ml) without cheese]:
Calories 190 (31% from fat) • carb. 27g • pro. 6g • fat 7g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 8mg • sod. 636mg. • calc. 53mg • fiber 3g
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6 20
Sausage & Lentil
Soup with Tortellini
Makes 12 cups (3 L)
1
tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive
oil
2
garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1
tablespoon (15 ml) basil
2
pounds (1 kg) turkey or chicken Italian sausage links
2
teaspoons (10 ml) thyme
12 ounces (340 g) mushrooms, cleaned
and quartered
1
ounce (28 g) sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil), slivered
1½
cups (375 ml) dried brown lentils,
rinsed and drained
6
cups (1.5 L) low-sodium chicken stock
or broth
12
ounces (340 g) yellow onions, peeled
and chopped
9
ounces (255 g) cheese filled tortellini
(refrigerated)
12
ounces (340 g) carrots, peeled, thickly sliced
Heat the olive oil in a Cuisinart® 12-inch (30 cm) nonstick skillet over medium-high
heat. When hot, add the sausage in a single layer and brown evenly on all sides,
about 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. Add the mushrooms to the same pan and
cook to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. When the sausage is cool enough to handle,
cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) slices.
Place the lentils in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Add the chopped
onions, carrots, garlic, browned mushrooms, basil, and thyme; stir to combine.
Sprinkle the mixture with the sun-dried tomatoes and top with the sausage and any
accumulated juices. Add the chicken stock.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 2 hours and press
High. Once time elapses, reset time to 5 hours and press Simmer; Slow Cooker will
automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Forty-five minutes before serving, reset the temperature to High – if soup is very
thick, add up to 2 cups (500 ml) water. After 15 minutes, add the tortellini. Cover
and cook for an additional 30 minutes, until the tortellini are cooked and tender.
Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml), without cheese]:
Calories 312 (31% from fat) • carb. 30g • pro. 24g • fat 11g • sat. fat 3g • chol. 51mg • sod. 1015mg • calc. 96mg • fiber 6g
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6 21
Classic Split Pea Soup
Makes 8 servings
2
garlic cloves, peeled
1
pound (454 g) green split peas, rinsed
8
ounces (227 g) onion, peeled and
chopped
6
cups (1.5 L) chicken stock (page 24)
1
1
celery rib, top off, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
12-ounce (340 g) ham hock (or roasted turkey leg)
1
12
ounces (340 g) all-purpose potatoes,
peeled and cut into 3-inch (7.5 cm)
lengths
teaspoon (5 ml) freshly ground pepper
1
tablespoon (15 ml) thyme
¼
cup (63 ml) dry sherry
12
ounces (340 g) carrots, peeled and
peeled and cut into 3-inch (7.5 cm)
lengths
In Cuisinart® Food Processor, with motor running, drop garlic through feed tube and
finely chop. Add onion and celery; pulse 7-8 times to chop. Transfer to ceramic pot
of a Cuisinart™ Slow Cooker.
Replace processor blade with 4-mm slicing disc. Fit potatoes into large feed tube and
slice. Repeat with carrots. Add to Slow Cooker. Add peas, stock, ham hock, pepper
and thyme. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time for 1 hour and press High. Once time elapses reset time for 7 to 8 hours and press Low;
Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve.
Remove ham hock, discard bone, chop meat, and return to soup.
Stir in sherry before serving.
Note:
If you do not have a Food Processor, you may chop and slice the vegetables by hand.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (63 ml)]:
Calories 135 (4% from fat) • carb. 23g • pro. 8g • fat 1g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 3mg • sod. 378mg • calc. 34mg • fiber 6g
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6 22
Tomato Soup
Makes 8 servings
4
cans [14 ounces (397 g) each] diced tomatoes, juices drained
4
cups (1 L) chicken or vegetable stock
1
bay leaf
3
garlic cloves peeled, and chopped
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dried basil
1
large onion, peeled, and chopped
½
teaspoon (2 ml) thyme
2
medium carrots, chopped
2
medium celery stalks, tops removed,
chopped
Place tomatoes, garlic, onion, carrots and celery in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart®
Slow Cooker. Add the stock, bay leaf, basil, and thyme. Cover and press the On/Off
button to turn the unit on. Set time for 6 hours and press Simmer, until vegetables
are tender. Slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has
elapsed.
Serve as is for a rustic soup, or purée with a Cuisinart® Hand Blender or blender for a
more refined one.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 58 (2% from fat) • carb. 12g • pro. 3g • fat 0g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 437mg • calc. 51mg • fiber 4g
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6 23
Brown Beef Stock
Makes 8 cups (2 L)
2½
pounds (1.13 kg) beef and/or veal
bones
2
tablespoons (30 ml) olive or vegetable oil
1
pound (454 g) beef chuck or other
stew beef, in 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
6
chives
6
sprigs parsley
2
large carrots, peeled, cut into 3-inch
(7.5 cm) lengths
6
sprigs thyme
2
ribs celery, cut into 3-inch (7.5 cm) lengths
3
garlic cloves
12 peppercorns
2
large onions, peeled and quartered
Preheat oven to 425° F (218°C). Arrange bones, beef cubes, and vegetables in a shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Roast for 25 minutes, then
turn and roast for an additional 25 minutes. Tie chives, parsley and thyme into a
bundle using butcher’s twine.
Transfer browned bones, meat, and vegetables to the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart®
Slow Cooker. Add bundle of herbs, garlic cloves and peppercorns. Cover with 8 cups
(2 L) cold water. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to
2 hours and press High. Once time elapses, reset time to 5 hours and press Simmer;
Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Strain, reserving stock; discard solids. Cover and refrigerate. Fat will solidify and
come to the top. Remove and discard fat. Keep stock refrigerated until ready to use,
up to 5 days, or freeze.
Hint: Freeze in 1-cup (250 ml) amounts to have ready to thaw and use.
Nutritional information per serving [ 1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 17 (1% from fat) • carb. 18g • pro. 38g • fat 2g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 20mg • calc. 14mg • fiber 0g
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6 24
Chicken Stock
Makes 8 cups (2 L)
4
pounds (1.8 kg) chicken wings and/or backs
2
parsnips, peeled, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) lengths
2
medium onions, peeled and quartered
2
bay leaves
2
celery stalks, cut into 2-inch (5 cm)
lengths
12 black peppercorns
3
sprigs parsley
2
carrots, peeled, cut into 2-inch (5 cm)
lengths
3
sprigs thyme
2
leeks, trimmed, halved lengthwise,
cleaned
10
cups (2.5 L) water
Rinse chicken and drain. Place in ceramic pot of Cuisinart® Slow Cooker along
with the onion, celery, carrots, leeks, parsnips, bay leaves, peppercorns, parsley, and
thyme. Add water. Cover and press On/Off button to turn unit on. Set timer to 3 hours and press High. Once time elapses reset time to 4 hours and press Simmer; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm again when cooking time
has elapsed. Strain, discarding the chicken bones, meat, skin, vegetables, and herbs.
Pass through a fine mesh strainer to remove small bits. Cover and refrigerate. When
chilled and congealed, remove chicken fat and discard or reserve for another use.
Chicken stock will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator, or can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Hint: Freeze chicken stock in 1-cup (250 ml) containers to use as needed.
For Brown Chicken Stock: Brown stock requires the step of roasting, but adds
depth of flavour to the stock. Use this method (using turkey wings) to make Brown
Turkey Stock ahead for holiday meals.
Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Place wings in a Cuisinart® Roasting Pan. Roast in
preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until nicely browned. Add vegetables, stir and roast for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until vegetables are browned. Proceed
with recipe.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 15 (0% from fat) • carb. 1g. • pro. 1g • fat 0g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 80mg • calc. 0mg • fiber 0mg
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6 25
Roasted Vegetable Stock
Makes 7 cups (1.75 L)
3
large carrots, peeled, cut into 3-inch
(7.5 cm) lengths
2
large red or yellow bell peppers, cored,
seeded and quartered
2
celery stalks, cleaned, cut into 3-inch
(7.5 cm) lengths
8
ounces (227 g) portobello mushrooms, cleaned, sliced
2
leeks, roots removed, trimmed to include 2 inches (5 cm) of green, cut in
half lengthwise and cleaned
4
garlic cloves
2
tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
2
large onions [6 ounces (168 g) each],
peeled, quartered
6
sprigs fresh thyme
2
parsnips, peeled, cut into 3-inch (7.5 cm) lengths
6
fresh chives
12 peppercorns
Preheat oven to 450°F (232°C). Arrange vegetables and garlic on large baking sheet
with sides or in shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat completely. Place pan in oven and roast for 25 minutes. Turn vegetables and roast an additional fifteen minutes. Tie thyme and chives together into a bundle using butcher’s twine.
Transfer the roasted vegetables and accumulated juices, scraping up and including
the flavorful browned bits from the pan, to the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Add the
bundle of herbs, peppercorns, and 8 cups ( 2 L) water. Cover and press the On/Off
button to turn the unit on. Set the time to 6 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will
automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Strain vegetables from stock and discard. Cover and refrigerate stock until ready to use.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 15 (0 from fat) • carb. 3g • pro. 0g • fat 0g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0g • sod. 530mg • calc. 2mg • fiber 1g
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6 26
White Chili with Chicken
Makes 8 servings (13 cups)
1
pound (454 g) white beans
2
teaspoons (10 ml) ground cumin
cooking spray
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) oregano
1
tablespoon (15 ml) good quality olive oil
1
teaspoon (5 ml) coriander
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
2
cups (500 ml) chopped onions
1
1
tablespoon (15 ml) chopped garlic
teaspoon (5 ml) freshly ground white pepper
5
cups (1.25 L) low-sodium chicken
stock
2
jalapeño peppers, cored, seeded and minced (optional)
1½
pounds (680 g) chicken breast meat,
cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
2
cup (500 ml) cut white or yellow corn,
(thawed if frozen)
¾
cup (188 ml) prepared salsa verde
(from a jar)
8
lime wedges
Pick over beans and discard any stones or bits of dirt. Soak beans overnight (8 hours)
in water to cover by 3 inches (7.5 cm). Drain and rinse.
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray.
Heat oil in a Cuisinart® 10-inch (25 cm) skillet over medium heat. Add onions and
garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes; transfer to pot. Place stock, beans
and chicken in Slow Cooker. Add salsa, cumin, oregano, coriander, salt, pepper and
jalapeños. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 3 hours
and press High. Once time elapses, reset time to 4 hours and press Simmer; Slow
Cooker will automatically switch to Warm again when cooking time has elapsed. One
half hour before serving, turn heat to High; stir in corn. Serve with wedge of lime.
Hint: Sliced or diced avocado makes a good garnish for White Chicken Chili.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 390 (13% from fat) • carb. 45g • pro. 40g • fat 5g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 65mg • sod. 570 mg • calc. 145mg • fiber 15g
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6 27
Beef Chili for a Crowd
Makes 16 servings [1 cup (250 ml)]
cooking spray
1
red pepper, cored, seeded, chopped
2
teaspoons (10 ml) good quality olive oil
1
green pepper, cored, seeded, chopped
1
yellow pepper, cored, seeded, chopped
1½ pounds (680 g) onions, peeled and
finely chopped
2
cans [14 ounces (397 g) each] diced
tomatoes, juices drained, separated
6
garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2
2
teaspoons (10 ml) kosher salt
cans [3 ounces (85 g) each] tomato
paste, salt-free
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
3
tablespoons (45 ml) red wine vinegar
3
cans [15–16 ounces (424 - 454 g)
each] beans, drained, rinsed and
drained again (i.e., black beans, pinto
beans and/or red kidney beans)
3
pounds (1.36 kg) lean ground beef
2
tablespoons (30 ml) chili powder
1½ tablespoons (22 ml) oregano
1½
tablespoons (22 ml) cumin
1
tablespoon (15 ml) paprika
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Heat a Cuisinart® 12-inch (30 cm) nonstick skillet over medium-high heat
and add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil; sauté onions and garlic until soft. Season with ½ teaspoon (1 ml) salt and ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) pepper. Place in ceramic pot.
In the same skillet, heat another teaspoon of oil; cook ground beef until brown,
breaking up clumps with the back of a spoon. Stir in remaining salt and pepper, chili
powder, oregano, cumin and paprika; cook over low heat until spices are fragrant.
Transfer meat mixture to slow cooker. Add sliced red, green, and yellow peppers. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste and red wine vinegar.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 10 hours and
press Low; slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has
elapsed. One hour before serving, turn heat to High. Stir in beans and slow cook
until heated through.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 267 (20% from fat) • carb. 28g • pro. 26g • fat 6g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 49mg • sod. 330mg • calc. 90mg • fiber 7g
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6 28
Heart Smart Turkey Chili
Makes about 16 cups (4 L)
2
tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive
oil, divided
2
4
pounds (1.8 kg) lean ground turkey
(7% fat)
cans [14 ounces (425 g) each] diced
tomatoes
1
garlic cloves, peeled and finely
chopped
red bell pepper, cut into 1½ x ¼-inch
(3.75 x 0.6 cm) strips
1
yellow bell pepper, cut into 1½ x ¼-inch (3.75 x 0.6 cm) strips
1
cup (250 ml) low-sodium chicken
stock
2
tablespoons (30 ml) wine vinegar
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) ground allspice
1
bay leaf
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
6
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) oregano
1½ pounds (680 g) Spanish onions, peeled
and chopped
2
tablespoons (30 ml) chili powder
1
tablespoon (15 ml) ground cumin
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) ground coriander
Heat one teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil in a Cuisinart® 12-inch (30 cm) skillet over medium-high heat. Add ¹∕³ of the turkey to the pan and cook until brown, breaking
up clumps with the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Transfer to the ceramic pot
of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Brown the remaining meat in two more batches each
with one teaspoon (5 ml) of oil.
Heat the remaining one tablespoon (15 ml) of oil over medium heat in the same pan;
add the garlic and onion and cook until translucent and softened, about 5 minutes.
Add chili powder, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, coriander, and oregano; cook over low
heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer onion mixture to the Slow Cooker.
Stir in diced tomatoes, peppers, chicken stock, wine vinegar, bay leaf and kosher
salt. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 6 hours and
press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has
elapsed.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with chili condiments – shredded lowfat Cheddar or
Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, chopped tomato, chopped onions, chopped
peppers and warm cornbread.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 323 (51% from fat) • carb. 10g • pro. 30g • fat 18g • sat. fat 5g • chol. 78mg • sod. 301mg • calc. 68 mg • fiber 3g
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Mediterranean Seafood Stew
Makes 6 servings
½
ound (227 g) small new potatoes,
p
skin on, whole
1
bay leaf
½
teaspoon (2 ml) fennel seeds
4
garlic cloves, peeled and minced
¼
teaspoon (1 ml) peppercorns
2
large onions, peeled, cut into quarters, with root ends intact (to hold them together)
5
hole sprigs of fresh parsley w
(stems and leaves)
1
2
tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
s mall fennel bulb [8 ounces (227 g),
top off, cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm)
slices
2
c ans [14 ounces (397 g) each] diced tomatoes, juices drained
18 ussels, scrubbed and debearded if
m
necessary
1
c an [6 ounces (170 g)] salt-free tomato paste
12 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, left
whole with tail on
1
cup (250 ml) clam juice or fish stock
12 sea scallops, cut in half horizontally
1
cup (250 ml) dry white wine or vermouth
¾
ound (340 g) white fish, such as
p
scrod, cut into 2-inch ( 5 cm) pieces
1
teaspoon (5 ml) saffron
½
cup (125 ml) chopped parsley leaves
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dried basil
grated zest of one orange
Place potatoes, garlic, onion and olive oil in ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker; stir gently to combine. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, clam juice, wine, saffron
and dried basil. Place bay leaf, fennel seeds, peppercorns and parsley sprigs in a 5 x 5-inch (12.5 x 12.5 cm) square of cheesecloth (or coffee filter) and tie securely
with kitchen twine. Add to pot.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time for 2 hours and press
High. Once Slow Cooker switches to Warm set time for 3 hours and press Simmer.
Once time elapses, reset time for 3 hours and press Simmer; the Slow Cooker will
automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed. At this point the sauce
can rest on Warm until one hour before serving.
Raise heat to High, then add fennel slices; cook another 30 to 40 minutes. Add
mussels, shrimp, scallops and fish. Continue to cook about 10 to 15 minutes, or
until mussels are open, shrimp are pink, scallops and fish are opaque. Garnish with
chopped parsley and orange zest. Ladle stew directly from the pot into warm soup
bowls. Serve with crusty bread on the side.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 407 (16% from fat) • carb. 32g • pro. 48g • fat 7g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 187mg • sod. 582mg • calc. 155mg • fiber 5g
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Seafood Chili
Makes 8 servings
3
cups (750 ml) chopped onion
2
c ans [6 ounces (170 g) each] chopped
clams, drained, ½ cup (125 ml) juice
reserved
6
garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
2
jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
1
red pepper, seeded and chopped
2
tablespoons (30 ml) cornmeal
1
green pepper, seeded and chopped
1
ound (454 g) large shrimp, peeled
p
and deveined
2
tablespoons (30 ml) chili powder
1
ound (454 g) large sea scallops,
p
tough muscle removed
1
tablespoon (15 ml) oregano
2
teaspoons (10 ml) ground cumin
¾
tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
ound (340 g) halibut (or other firm
p
white fish), cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm)
pieces
1
teaspoon (5 ml) ground coriander
1
1
cans [14 ounces (397 g) each] diced tomatoes with juice
ound (454 g) mussels, rinsed and
p
debearded
2
½
cup (125 ml) chopped fresh cilantro
Combine onions, garlic, jalapeño peppers, red pepper, green pepper, chili powder,
oregano, cumin, and coriander with the olive oil in ceramic pot of the Cuisinart®
Slow Cooker. Stir in diced tomatoes and ½ cup (125 ml) clam juice. Cover and press
the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set timer to 4 hours and press Low; the Slow
Cooker will automatically switch to Warm until you are ready to finish cooking.
Turn heat to High and stir in cornmeal; cover and cook 15 minutes. Add chopped
clams, shrimp, scallops, and halibut; stir gently. Place mussels on top. Cook on High
for 1 minute or until shrimp are pink and mussels have opened. Garnish with fresh
chopped cilantro.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 358 (16% from fat) • carb. 16g • pro. 58g • fat 6g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 213mg • sod. 440mg • calc. 161mg • fiber 3g
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Chicken Cacciatore
Makes 6 to 8 servings
12
1
1
ounces (340 g) yellow onion, peeled
and cut vertically into ½-inch (1.25 cm) thick slices
¼
cup (63 ml) white vermouth or other
dry white wine
1½
teaspoons (7 ml) oregano
green bell pepper, cored, seeded, cut
lengthwise into ½-inch (1.25 cm)
thick slices
1
teaspoon (5 ml) basil
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground black
pepper
3
pounds (1.36 kg) bone-in, skinless
chicken thighs
½
cup (125 ml) unbleached, all-purpose flour
2
tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
8
ounces (227 g) portobello mushrooms,
cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) thick slices
1
bay leaf
red bell pepper, cored, seeded, cut
lengthwise into ½-inch (1.25 cm)
thick slices
1
yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded,
cut in ½-inch (1.25 cm) thick slices
lengthwise
5
garlic cloves, peeled
2
cans [15 ounces (425 g) each] diced
tomatoes, drained, juices discarded
¼
cup (63 ml) tomato paste
Place the onions, peppers, garlic, drained tomatoes, tomato paste, vermouth, oregano, basil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine. Trim chicken
thighs of visible fat. Toss in flour to coat lightly – discard excess flour. Heat one tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil in a 12-inch (30 cm) Cuisinart® nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side until brown. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Add the remaining tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil and cook the portobello
mushrooms in a single layer until golden brown on each side, about 3 minutes per
side. Add the browned portobello mushrooms to the vegetable mixture.
Arrange half the chicken thighs in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker.
Top with half the vegetable mixture. Repeat layers. Tuck bay leaf into the centre of the
mixture. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 8 hours
and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time
has elapsed. Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.
Nutritional information per serving ( based on 6 servings):
Calories 599 • (37% from fat) • carb. 25g • pro. 61g • fat 23g • sat. fat 6g • chol. 204mg • sod. 571mg • calc. 93mg • fiber 5g
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Chicken with
40 Cloves of Garlic
Makes 8 servings
4
pounds (1.8 kg) chicken thighs (about 16), skinless, bone-in
Cooking spray
40
cloves garlic, peeled
2
teaspoons (10 ml) herbes de Provence
½
cup (125 ml) celery stalk, sliced
¼
teaspoon (1 ml) red pepper flakes
1
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
cup (250 ml) sliced onion and/or shallots
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground black pepper
½
cup (125 ml) white vermouth or dry white wine
1
tablespoon (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
¼
cup (62 ml) low-sodium chicken stock
1
tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
freshly chopped parsley
In a large bowl, combine the chicken thighs, herbes de Provence, red pepper flakes,
salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of
the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Layer seasoned chicken, garlic, celery
and onions in pot. Pour in wine and chicken stock. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 8 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Serve with chopped parsley for garnish.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings):
Calories 399 (43% from fat) • carb. 9g • pro. 44g • fat 19g • sat. fat 5g • chol. 153mg • sod. 311 • calc. 66mg • fiber 1g
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Barbecue Beef Brisket
This is a multi-step process, but well worth the effort. Because brisket is chilled after
cooking, it allows you to remove excess fat, and makes slicing easier.
Makes 12 servings
1
beef brisket, approximately 4-4½ pounds (1.8 - 2 kg)
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dry mustard
2
tablespoons (30 ml) light or dark
packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon (5 ml) liquid smoke
2
2
teaspoons (10 ml) Worcestershire
sauce
medium onions, peeled, cut into ½-inch (1.5 cm) slices
½
cup (125 ml) lager or ale
2
teaspoons (10 ml) freshly ground
black pepper
2
1
teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder
cups [(500 ml) more to taste] Barbecue Sauce, page 35, or purchased BBQ sauce
Trim fat cap on top of brisket to ¹∕8-inch (0.3 cm) thickness. Do not remove it all – it helps to keep the brisket tender and moist. Combine the brown sugar, Worcestershire, pepper, garlic powder, salt, dry mustard, and liquid smoke. Rub all over the
brisket. If time allows, cover and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
Make a single layer of the sliced onions in the bottom of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Add the lager. Place the coated brisket on top. Cover and
press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 10 to 12 hours and press
Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm setting. Remove the brisket,
onions and cooking juices from the Slow Cooker and place in a shallow pan. Cover
and refrigerate.
One hour before serving, remove brisket from refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375°F
(190°C). Remove hardened fat and discard. Remove brisket from cooking liquid.
Strain liquid from onions and reserve for another use [you will have about 2 cups
(500 ml). This may be frozen – it is very good to use in soups]; discard onions. Slice meat thinly [¹∕8 -inch (0.3 cm) thick slices] while cold.*
Reassemble and place in roasting pan/baking dish. Spread 2 cups (500 ml) Barbecue
Sauce evenly over the reassembled roast. Cover pan with lid or foil and place in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until heated through. Serve hot.
Alternatively the meat can be sliced thickly, then shredded using fingers or two forks.
Stir in sauce and reheat until it just bubbles. After reheating, the Barbecue Beef may
be placed in the Slow Cooker on Low for 1 hour, then turned to Warm when cooking
time has elapsed.
*Thin slices will be easy to achieve using a Cuisinart® Electric Knife.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 12 servings):
Calories 229 (31% from fat) • carb. 14g • pro. 25g • fat 8g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 72mg • sod. 496mg • calc. 38mg • fiber 1g
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Barbecue Sauce
Makes 4 cups (1 L)
2
teaspoons (10 ml) unsalted butter
2
tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce, low-sodium
1
cup (250 ml) finely chopped onion
1
garlic clove, peeled, finely chopped
1
tablespoon (15 ml) prepared horseradish
2
cups (500 ml) tomato ketchup
1
cup (250 ml) water
1
tablespoon (15 ml) chili powder (heat level to taste)
¼
cup (63 ml) tomato paste (salt-free)
¼
cup (63 ml) cider vinegar
2
teaspoons (10 ml) instant espresso
powder
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) molasses
1½
teaspoons (7 ml) dry mustard
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) honey
2
tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire
sauce
1-2 teaspoons (5 - 10 ml) liquid smoke (to taste)
½-1 teaspoon (2 - 5 ml) hot sauce such as Tabasco®
Melt the butter in a Cuisinart® 3¾-quart (3.5 L) saucepan over medium heat. Add
onion and garlic; cook over medium heat until softened and opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes – do not brown. Add ketchup, water, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses,
honey, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, horseradish, chili powder, instant espresso,
and dry mustard. Stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered over low heat, about 50 to 60 minutes. Stir in liquid smoke and hot sauce
to taste.
Cool and refrigerate in a covered container until ready to use. May also be frozen.
Nutritional information per serving [¼ cup (63 ml)]:
Calories 127 (7% from fat) • carb. 29g • pro. 2g • fat 1g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 1g • sod. 988mg • calc. 79mg • fiber 1g
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Dilled Pot Roast
Makes 8 servings
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) unbleached, all-purpose
flour
2
garlic cloves, peeled
1½
teaspoons (7 ml) dill seed
½
teaspoon (2 ml) kosher salt
1
teaspoon (5 ml) peppercorns
¼
teaspoon (1 ml) freshly ground pepper
¼
cup (63 ml) beef stock, low-sodium
4
pounds (1.8 kg) beef roast, rump,
chuck or arm cut
1
tablespoon (15 ml) red wine vinegar
2
teaspoons (10 ml) vegetable oil
3
tablespoons (45 ml) Dijon-style mustard
3
tablespoons (45 ml) unbleached, all-purpose flour
3
onions, peeled and cut into eighths
1
teaspoon (5 ml) Dijon-style mustard
3
carrots, peeled and sliced into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dill weed
½
cup (125 ml) lowfat sour cream
2
Sauce
cooking juices from beef
celery stalks, with tops, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
Combine flour with salt and pepper. Coat beef with flour mixture, shaking off excess.
Heat oil in a Cuisinart® 12-inch (30 cm) skillet over medium-high heat; brown beef
on all sides. Transfer to platter or cutting board; cool for a few moments. Rub mustard evenly over all sides of the beef.
Place onions, carrots, celery, garlic, dill seed and peppercorns in the ceramic pot of
the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Top with the mustard-coated beef. Pour in stock and
vinegar. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 10 to 12 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Remove beef, transfer to storage container, strain and discard vegetables. Pour cooking juices over beef; cover and refrigerate overnight. One hour before serving,
remove beef (reserve juices), and cut off visible fat. Place in a small roasting pan and
reheat at 325°F (165°C) for 30 to 45 minutes. Strain cooking juices into a Cuisinart®
2¾-quart (2.6 L) saucepan; discard fat. Add flour, mustard and dill; stir over medium
heat until sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat, cool briefly and
stir in sour cream. Taste for seasoning and add ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) salt if desired. Cut
meat into thin slices; pour some sauce over the top and pass the rest in a sauceboat.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings):
Calories 226 (23% from fat) • carb. 16g .• pro. 9g • fat 3g • sat. fat 1g
• chol. 6mg • sod. 420mg • calc. 53mg • fiber 2g
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New England Short Ribs
Makes 8 servings
½
cup (125 ml) unbleached, all-purpose flour
1
pound (454 g) carrots, peeled and
halved lengthwise
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
1
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
pound (454 g) new red potatoes, skin on, cut into 1 to 1½-inch (2.5 - 3.75 cm) cubes
½
pound (227 g) turnips, peeled and cut
into ½-inch (1.25 cm) dice
½
cup (250 ml) prepared horseradish
1
cup (125 ml) beef stock
4-4½ pounds (1.8 - 2 kg) short ribs
1
tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
1
pound (454 g) onions, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
Combine flour, salt and pepper. Coat short ribs with this mixture. Heat oil in a Cuisinart® 12-inch (30 cm) skillet over medium-high heat. Brown ribs and transfer
them to a plate to cool a bit. Pour off fat, add onions and cook 1 minute; stir and
scrape up all brown bits. Combine with carrots, potatoes and turnips.
Coat short ribs with horseradish. Place in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow
Cooker. Cover with onions, carrots, potatoes and turnips. Pour in stock. Cover and
press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 6 hours and press Low; Slow
Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed. Strain pan
juices or use a fat mop to remove fat.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 771 (58% from fat) • carb. 26 • pro. 56 • fat 50g • sat. fat 20g • chol. 106mg • sod. 588mg • calc. 87mg • fiber 6g
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Corned Beef with Vegetables
Makes 8 servings
First Cooking
To Finish
cooking spray
Sauce
4
pounds (1.8 kg) corned beef, first cut (flat)
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) orange marmalade
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) Dijon-style mustard
2
onions, peeled and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
2
tablespoons (30 ml) real maple syrup (not pancake syrup) or honey
2
carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
Vegetables
2
celery stalks with tops, cut into 2-inch
(5 cm) pieces
5
whole parsley sprigs
1
1
pound (454 g) onions, peeled, cut in
half through root end
8
carrots, peeled, cut into large serving pieces
bay leaf
4
celery stalks, cut into serving pieces
1
teaspoon (5 ml) peppercorns
2
6
cups (1.5 L) water
pounds (908 g) new potatoes, skins
on, cut into serving pieces
1½
pounds (680 g) cabbage cut lengthwise through the root end into 8
pieces
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Rinse the corned beef with fresh water. Place it in the pot with the onions,
carrots, celery, parsley, bay leaf and peppercorns. Pour in water to cover. Cover and
press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 8 hours and press Low; Slow
Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
When meat is done, transfer to a resealable container with the vegetables and cooking liquid. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The meat can stay like this for up to
two days.
When you are ready to finish the corned beef, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Remove meat from cooking liquid; cut off and discard any visible fat. Strain liquid to
degrease juices. Discard vegetables; reserve liquid.
Combine marmalade, mustard and maple syrup in a small bowl; spread or brush over the top and sides of meat. Set meat in small roasting pan; heat about 30 to 45 minutes, brushing meat with glaze once or twice.
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Pour cooking liquid into a Cuisinart® 6-quart saucepan. Add onions, carrots, celery
and new potatoes. Top with the cabbage. (You will not have enough liquid to cover
– the cabbage steams on top.) Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, 30 to 45 minutes. To serve, cut meat into thin slices and surround with vegetables. Serve the flavourful
broth on the side.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings):
Calories 669 (42% from fat) • carb. 62g • pro. 37g • fat 32g • sat. fat 10g • chol. 157mg • sod. 2545mg • calc. 188mg • fiber 14g
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Pulled Pork Barbecue
Makes 10 cups (2.5 L)
5
pounds (2.27 kg) bone-in countrystyle spare ribs
1
pound (454 g) onions, peeled and thickly sliced
1½
teaspoons (7 ml) kosher salt
2
cups (500 ml) water
1
teaspoon (5 ml) freshly ground black pepper
2-3 cups (500 - 750 ml) Barbecue Sauce,
page 28 (or purchased)
1
teaspoon (5 ml) paprika
Trim ribs of excess fat. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Layer seasoned pork
and onions in ceramic pot of Cuisinart® Slow Cooker, ending with a layer of onions.
Add water. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 10 to
12 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed. Pork should be tender and falling off the bone.
Transfer pork to a shallow food storage container. Strain liquid and discard onions.
Pour liquid over pork. Cover and refrigerate. When chilled, the fat will solidify
and rise to the top. Lift off and discard. Remove pork from liquid (which will have
gelled); reserve liquid for another use (it is particularly good to use in the Black Bean,
Pea or Spanish Bean Soup) – it may be strained and frozen, or discarded. Pull pork
from bones; discard bones. Trim off and discard fat. Shred pork.
Place shredded pork in ceramic pot of Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Add 2 to 3 cups (500 - 750 ml) Barbecue Sauce; stir. Cook for 3 hours on Low or 2 hours on High.
Serve on Warm.
Nutritional information per serving [½ cup (125 ml)]:
Calories 326 (49% from fat) • carb. 11g • pro. 31g • fat 18g • sat. fat 7g • chol. 107mg • sod. 411mg • calc. 28mg • fiber 1g
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Braised Veal Shanks
Makes 6 servings
6
sprigs parsley
6
veal shanks (about 4 - 4½ pounds
total), about 1¼ inches (3.12 cm)
thick, 3-3½ inches (7.5 - 8.75 cm) in
diameter, tied
8
ounces (227 g) shallots, peeled and
chopped
4
ounces (113 g) celery, peeled and
chopped
4
garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
4
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground black pepper
teaspoons (20 ml) herbes de Provence,
divided
1
½
cup (125 ml) unbleached, all-purpose flour
can [15 ounces (425 g)] diced tomatoes, drained
½
cup (125 ml) dry white vermouth
1
tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
½
cup (125 ml) nonfat, low-sodium
chicken stock
1
tablespoon (15ml) unsalted butter
1
bay leaf
1
pound (454 g) onions, peeled and
chopped
1
strip lemon zest
8
ounces (227 g) carrots, peeled and
chopped
Remove leaves from the parsley, reserving stems. Chop leaves; reserve.
Season veal with salt and pepper; dust lightly with flour, shaking off excess. Heat
olive oil and butter in a 12-inch (30 cm) Cuisinart® skillet over medium-high heat.
When hot, add the veal shanks and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until nicely
browned. Remove and reserve.
Add the chopped onions, carrots, shallots, celery, garlic, and herbes de Provence to
the skillet. Cook over medium-low heat until onions and shallots are translucent and
vegetables are slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
Place cooked vegetables in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker along
with the drained diced tomatoes, vermouth, chicken stock, bay leaf, lemon zest, and
reserved parsley leaves and stems. Stir to combine. Top vegetable mixture with the
browned veal shanks in a single layer. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn
the unit on. Set time to 6 to 8 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically
switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
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Degrease the cooking liquid with a fat mop, or pour the liquid into a fat separator and allow the fat to rise to the top. Then pour the defatted liquid back into the
cooked vegetables. Serve with pasta, rice, or polenta.
Tip: Make your chopping task easy by using a Cuisinart® Food Processor fitted with
the metal blade to chop the vegetables. First chop the parsley leaves and remove.
Then with the machine running, drop garlic through the feed tube and process 5 seconds to chop. Add onion [cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces] and pulse to chop;
remove. Pulse to chop shallots [cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces] remove. Pulse to
chop carrots [cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces] and remove. Pulse to chop celery [cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces]. The chopping is done in just a few moments.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 607 (20% from fat) • carb. 20g • pro. 100g • fat 13g • sat. fat 4g • chol. 381mg • sod. 686mg • calc. 179mg • fiber 4g
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Penne Lasagna
Makes 12 cups (3 L)
1
cup (250 ml) freshly grated Parmesan
15
ounces (425 g) part-skim ricotta
1
pound (454 g) part-skim mozzarella, shredded, 1 cup (250 ml) reserved for
topping
1
large onion, peeled and finely chopped
4
garlic cloves, peeled and minced
½
pound (227 g) ground turkey
4
3
teaspoons (15 ml) extra virgin olive
oil, divided
cans [14 ounces (397 g) each] diced tomatoes, juices drained, divided
1
8
ounces (227 g) white mushrooms,
sliced
can [15 ounces (425 g) each] tomato
sauce
2
teaspoons (10 ml) dried basil
1
teaspoons (5 ml) kosher salt, divided
1
teaspoon (5 ml) oregano
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper, divided
12
1
pound (454 g) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained until
very dry*
ounces (340 g) mini penne (or other small tubular pasta) par-cooked 5 minutes (until barely cooked), drained and cooled
cooking spray
Combine Parmesan, ricotta and all but one cup (250 ml) of the mozzarella. Reserve.
Heat a Cuisinart® 12-inch (30 cm) nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) oil and sauté mushrooms until golden brown. Season with
½ teaspoon (2 ml) salt and ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) pepper. Mix with drained spinach.
Reserve.
Heat 1 teaspoon (5 ml) oil; sauté onions and garlic until soft, about five minutes. Set
aside. In the same skillet, heat 1 teaspoon (5 ml) oil and brown the ground turkey;
transfer to bowl with onions. Stir in 1 cup (250 ml) diced tomatoes, and the remaining salt and pepper. Reserve.
Combine tomato sauce, remaining diced tomatoes, basil and oregano; stir into pasta.
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Using ¹∕³ of the pasta mixture, make a layer on the bottom of the ceramic pot. Spread meat mixture evenly over pasta. Cover with ½ the cheese mixture. Make a second layer of pasta; top with spinach and mushroom mixture.
Cover with remaining ricotta cheese mixture. Make a final layer of pasta and top with reserved mozzarella.
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Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 6 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
*To drain spinach thoroughly, first squeeze out as much water as possible with your hands. Lay the spinach on a clean towel, roll up, and wring out the rest. You
will end up with about ½ cup (125 ml) dry spinach that can then be mixed with the mushrooms.
Nutritional information per serving [½ cup (125 ml)]:
Calories 394 (35% from fat) • carb. 39g • pro. 24g • fat 15g • sat. fat 8g • chol. 45mg • sod. 930mg • calc. 574mg • fiber 6g
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Red Beans & Sausage
Makes 8 servings
1
pound (454 g) dried red beans
1
tablespoon (15 ml) dry coriander
cooking spray
1
tablespoon (15 ml) dried basil
1
ham hock [12 ounces (340 g)]
4
cups (1 L) low-sodium chicken broth
1
cup (250 ml) chopped onion
1
1½
cups (375 ml) chopped green pepper
tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1
bay leaf
2
1
tablespoon (15 ml) chili powder
pounds (908 kg) turkey kielbasa, cut into 8 portions
4
cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1
teaspoon (5 ml) Tabasco®, or to taste
1
tablespoon (15 ml) oregano
½
teaspoon (2 ml) kosher salt
1
tablespoon (15 ml) thyme
Soak beans in water to cover by 3 inches (7.5 cm) overnight (at least 8 hours). Drain,
pick over beans and rinse.
Lightly coat the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Combine the drained beans, ham hock, onion, green pepper, bay leaf, chili powder, garlic,
oregano, thyme, coriander, basil, and chicken broth in the pot. Cover and press the
On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set timer to 6 hours and press Low; the slow
cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil in a 12-inch (30 cm) Cuisinart® skillet over medium
heat. Brown the turkey kielbasa on all sides, about 5 minutes, and add to Slow
Cooker. Cook for another 2 hours. Remove ham hock and cut meat from the bone.
Return the meat to slow cooker and discard the bone. Add Tabasco® to taste. Add salt
if desired. Serve with cooked white rice.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 420 (28% from fat) • carb. 45g • pro. 33g • fat 14g • sat. fat 6g • chol. 65mg • sod. 1777mg • calc. 95mg • fiber 10g
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Macaroni with Four Cheeses
Makes 12 cups (3 L)
1
pound (454 g) elbow macaroni
12
ounces (40 g) reduced-fat sharp Cheddar, shredded
4
tablespoons (60 ml) unsalted butter
4
tablespoons (60 ml) unbleached, all-purpose flour
8
ounces (227 g) Gruyère (not processed), shredded
4
cups (1 L) fat-free evaporated milk, not reconstituted
cooking spray
1
can diced tomatoes [14 ounces (397 g)], drained [about 1½ cups (63 ml)]
8
ounces (227 g) part-skim mozzarella,
shredded
1
cup (250 ml) fresh breadcrumbs
1
ounce (28 g) freshly grated Parmesan, about ¼ cup (63 ml)
1
tablespoon (15 ml) Worcestershire
sauce
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dry mustard
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
1
teaspoon (5 ml) freshly ground pepper
Parboil elbow macaroni about 5 minutes, until very al dente but cooked through.
Rinse under cool water in a colander, drain thoroughly and set aside in a large bowl.
Melt butter in a Cuisinart® 3¾-quart (3.5 L) saucepan; stir in flour. Cook, stirring
constantly for 3 minutes. Add milk; stir until it boils. Stir in Worcestershire sauce,
dry mustard, salt and pepper. Turn off heat; stir in Cheddar and Gruyère until
blended. Add to pasta and stir to combine.
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Add half the macaroni mixture. Spread the drained tomatoes in a layer;
top with the mozzarella, then the remaining macaroni. Combine breadcrumbs and
Parmesan; sprinkle over top. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on.
Set time to 5 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm
when cooking time has elapsed.
Nutritional information per serving [¾ cup (188 ml)]:
Calories 371 (36% from fat) • carb. 34g • pro. 25g • fat 15g • sat. fat 9g • chol. 46mg • sod. 507mg • calc. 649mg • fiber 1g
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Tomato Sauce
Makes about 10 cups (2.5 L)
1
½
tablespoon (7 ml) dried oregano
2
pound (454 g) onions, peeled, finely chopped
cans [35 ounces (990 g) each] plum
(Italian) tomatoes
1
12 ounces (340 g) carrots, peeled,
chopped
can [28 ounces (794 g)] tomato purée, salt-free if available
3
4
celery stalks, peeled, finely chopped
tablespoons (45 ml) salt-free tomato
paste
3
garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped
½
1
tablespoon (15 ml) dried basil
cup (125 ml) dry white wine or vermouth
½
tablespoon (7 ml) dried marjoram
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
1
tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
Heat the olive oil in a Cuisinart® 12-inch (30 cm) skillet over medium heat. Add the
chopped onions, carrots, celery, and garlic; cook until the vegetables are softened, but
not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the basil, marjoram, and oregano; cook until the
herbs are aromatic, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
Place the cooked vegetables in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Add
the tomatoes, tomato purée, tomato paste, wine and salt to the Slow Cooker and stir
to blend. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 8 hours
and press Simmer; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking
time has elapsed. For a smoother sauce, use a Cuisinart® Hand Blender or regular
blender to purée the sauce to desired consistency.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 133 (11% from fat) • carb. 25g • pro. 5g • fat 2g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 639mg • calc. 98mg • fiber 6g
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New Potatoes with Rosemary
Makes 6 servings
4
pounds (1.8 kg) new potatoes, washed
but left whole
3
garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
2
tablespoon (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
3
tablespoons (45 ml) finely chopped
fresh rosemary
Combine all ingredients in ceramic pot of Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Cover and press
the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 4 hours and press Low; Slow
Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 154 (14% from fat) • carb. 31g • pro. 3g • fat 2g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0 • sod. 118mg • calc. 15mg • fiber 3g
“Almost” Baked Potatoes
Makes 4 servings
4
russet baking potatoes [about 10 ounces (280 g) each], scrubbed and
dried
1
teaspoon (5 ml) good quality olive oil
Prick each potato several times with the tines of a fork; rub each with ¹∕³ of the olive
oil. Place rack in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Arrange potatoes on
rack, evenly spaced.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 7 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 319 (4% from fat) • carb. 72g • pro. 7g • fat 1g • sat. fat 0 • chol. 0 • sod. 23mg • calc. 28mg • fiber 7g
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Warm Baked Potato Salad
This salad may be assembled and served while potatoes are warm,
or chilled to serve later.
Makes 7 cups (1.75 L)
²∕³
cup (167 ml) fat-free plain yogurt,
strained to yield ¹∕³ cup (83 ml)*
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
½
cup (125 ml) lowfat mayonnaise
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground black pepper
2
tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
or white balsamic vinegar
4
“Almost” Baked Potatoes, still warm (page 48)
½
tablespoon (7 ml) Dijon-style mustard
2
celery stalks, thinly sliced
½
tablespoon (7 ml) dill weed (dry,
double if using fresh)
½
cup (125 ml) finely chopped red onion
Place the strained yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, dill, salt, and pepper
in the work bowl of the Cuisinart® Food Processor fitted with metal chopping blade.
Process until blended and smooth, 20 seconds.
Cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces, including the skins. Place in a large bowl with
celery and onions. Toss to combine. Add yogurt/mayonnaise mixture. Stir to coat
potatoes. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
*To strain yogurt, place in yogurt strainer or fine sieve lined with a paper coffee filter.
Place over bowl and allow the whey to drain out; the yogurt will thicken and may be
used as a spread or in dressings without being watery.
Nutritional information per serving [½ cup (125 ml)]:
Calories 178 (22% from fat) • carb. 32g • pro. 4g • fat 4g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 5mg • sod. 266mg • calc. 42mg • fiber 3g
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Mashed Potato Pie
Makes 8 servings
1
tablespoon (15 ml) unsalted butter,
softened
2
cups (500 ml) lowfat sour cream
1
cup (250 ml) lowfat ricotta
¼
cup (63 ml) fresh breadcrumbs
3
large eggs, lightly beaten
1
cup (250 ml) freshly grated Parmesan, divided
2
green onions, cut into ¼-inch (1.25 cm) slices
4
cups (1 L) cooked potato pulp, or leftover mashed potatoes
1
quart (1 L) very hot water
Generously butter the bottom and sides of a 2-quart (1.9 L) soufflé dish. Combine
breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Parmesan. Sprinkle mixture on bottom and
sides of prepared dish. Reserve excess crumbs.
Cut a piece of aluminum foil about 24 inches (60 cm) long. Fold in half lengthwise,
then fold in half again two more times to create a strip about 24 inches (60 cm) in
length and 2 inches (5 cm) wide to make a “cradle”; reserve.
In a large bowl, using a Cuisinart® SmartPowerTM Hand Mixer on low speed, combine
potatoes, sour cream, ricotta, eggs, remaining Parmesan and green onion. Transfer to
prepared soufflé dish. Top with reserved crumb mixture.
Set the dish in the centre of the long strip of folded foil and bring up the sides to
meet – twist together to form a handle.
Place the rack in ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. To place the covered
soufflé dish on the rack, use the foil cradle to help lift the dish, and carefully lower
the dish into the pot and place on the rack. Carefully pour water into the bottom of
ceramic pot. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 5 hours and press Low. Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve. Potatoes will be puffed and slightly brown on the top.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings):
Calories 264 (38% from fat) • carb. 28g • pro. 13g • fat 11g • sat. fat 7g • chol. 42mg • sod. 344mg • calc. 334mg • fiber 2g
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Party Potatoes
Makes 12 servings
3
pounds (1.36 kg) russet potatoes,
peeled and cut into 2-inch (5 cm)
pieces
¾
cup (188 ml) lowfat sour cream
8
ounces (227 g) lowfat cream cheese, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
2
teaspoons (10 ml) kosher salt, divided
2
garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2
tablespoons (30 ml) unsalted butter
cooking spray
2
medium onions, peeled and chopped
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
In a Cuisinart® 3¾-quart (3.5 L) saucepan, cover the potatoes with cold water; add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt. Cook over medium-high heat until tender, drain well and
place in large mixing bowl.
While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the onions for topping. Melt butter in a 12-inch (30 cm) Cuisinart® skillet. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until reduced
and very lightly browned. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Transfer to large
mixing bowl.
Beat potatoes with a Cuisinart® SmartPowerTM Hand Mixer, starting on low speed.
Add sour cream, cream cheese and minced garlic. Turn mixer to medium high; beat
until smooth and slightly fluffy.
Cut a piece of aluminum foil about 24 inches (60 cm) long. Fold in half lengthwise,
then fold in half again two more times to create a strip about 24 inches (60 cm) in
length and 2 inches (5 cm) wide to make a “cradle”; reserve.
Spray the bottom and sides of a 2-quart (1.9 L) soufflé dish with cooking spray. Fill
with potato mixture. Top with onions. Set the dish in the centre of the long strip of
folded foil and bring up the sides to meet, twisting them together to form a handle.
To place the covered soufflé dish on the rack, use the foil cradle to help lift the dish,
and carefully lower the dish into the pot and place on the rack.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 5 hours and press
Low. Slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Potatoes will be puffed and onions browned. Remove the soufflé dish from the slow
cooker using the foil strips to lift it.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 263 (26% from fat) • carb. 42g • pro. 7g • fat 8g • sat. fat 5g • chol. 20mg • sod. 527mg • calc. 91mg • fiber 3g
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Butternut Squash
& Mushroom Scallop
Makes 8 servings [9 cups (2.25 L)]
1
ounce (28 g) Parmesan, cut in half
1
2½
ounces (71 g) bread, about 3 slices,
crusts on, torn into quarters
pound (454 g) white mushrooms,
sliced
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
1
teaspoon (5 ml) thyme
½
2
tablespoons (30 ml) unsalted butter, divided
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
cooking spray
2
garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
4
2
shallots, peeled and cut in half
pounds (1.8 kg) butternut squash, trimmed, cut into ¹∕8" (0.3 cm) slices
1
tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
To grate the cheese, drop pieces through the small feed tube of a Cuisinart® Food
Processor while the machine is running. Process until almost grated and drop the
bread pieces through the tube; pulse until they become fine crumbs. Add the thyme
and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) butter. Pulse until combined. Reserved seasoned crumbs.
In the same work bowl, with the motor running, drop garlic and shallot through the
small feed tube and process until they are finely chopped. In a Cuisinart®12-inch (30 cm) skillet, warm 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil over medium high heat. Sauté
the garlic, shallots and mushrooms together until they are lightly browned (if mushrooms crowd the pan, brown in two batches). Season with salt and pepper.
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Using ½ of the squash, make a layer on the bottom. Continue layering with
½ the mushroom mixture and then ½ the crumbs. Repeat. Cut remaining tablespoon
(15 ml) of butter into small pieces and dot the top. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 5 hours and press Low. Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 196 (27% from fat ) • carb. 33g • pro. 6g • fat 7g • sat. fat 3g
• chol. 11mg • sod. 831mg • calc. 156mg • fiber 8g
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Ratatouille
Makes 12 cups (3 L)
1½
pounds (750 g) eggplant, cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) dice
(salt-free if available)
2
cups (500 ml) chopped onion
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) kosher salt, divided
2
tablespoons (15 ml) chopped garlic
1
pound (454 g) zucchini, cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) half moons
½
cup (125 ml) sun-dried tomatoes, not oil-packed, cut into slivers
1
pound (454 g) yellow summer squash,
cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) dice
¼
cup (63 ml) chopped fresh parsley
1
large red bell pepper, cored, seeded
and cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) dice
2
teaspoons (10 ml) dried basil
2
teaspoons (10 ml) herbes de Provence
1
large yellow pepper, cored, seeded and
cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) dice
1
teaspoon (5 ml) freshly ground pepper
2½
cups (625 ml) diced tomatoes, fresh or
canned, juices drained
2
tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1
cup (250 ml) tomato purée Place eggplant in a colander over a plate or in the sink. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon (2 ml) salt; toss to combine. Let rest at least 45 minutes. Rinse well to remove salt;
dry thoroughly with a towel.
Combine eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, tomatoes, tomato purée, onions, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, basil, herbes de Provence, and pepper
in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Drizzle with olive oil. Cover and
press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 5 hours and press Low; slow
cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve.
Nutritional information per serving [¾ cup (187 ml)]:
Calories 92 (24% from fat) • carb. 17g • pro. 3g • fat 3g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 287mg • calc. 50mg • fiber 5g
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Roasted Beet Salad
Makes 8 servings
3
pounds (1.36 kg) fresh beets
2
tablespoons (30 ml) walnut oil
3
tablespoons (45 ml) white balsamic
vinegar or fruit flavoured vinegar
2
bunches watercress, washed, dried, tough stems removed
1
teaspoon (5 ml) Dijon-style mustard
2
¼
teaspoon (1 ml) kosher salt
heads of endive, cut into ¼-inch (0.63 cm) pieces on the diagonal
¹∕8
teaspoon (0.5 ml) freshly ground pepper
½
cup (125 ml) shelled white pistachios, lightly salted
4
tablespoons (60 ml) vegetable oil
Remove stems and leaves from beets, leaving about 2 inches (5 cm) of stem. Scrub
beets well to remove dirt. Place beets on cooking rack in ceramic pot of Cuisinart®
Slow Cooker. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 2½ hours and press High. Once beets are cooked through, remove to cool. Turn off
slow cooker.
Once beets are cool enough to handle, rub each with a paper towel to remove the
skins. (Beets may be sliced or diced and served warm at this point.) Cool/chill whole
beets while preparing salad.
Place vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to emulsify. Add the
oils in a slow, steady stream while whisking, and continue whisking to emulsify; reserve. (The dressing may also be prepared in a food processor or blender.) Cut
cooled beets into ½-inch (1.25 cm) cubes; reserve.
Place a wide layer of watercress on a large serving platter. Next, make a narrower
layer of endive slices. Top with a mound of beets. Sprinkle with pistachios. Drizzle
with vinaigrette.
Note: Salad may also be composed on 8 individual plates.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 236 (52% from fat) • carb. 24g • pro. 6g • fat 15g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 0mg • sod. 575mg • calc. 122mg • fiber 8g
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Stewed Green Beans
and Tomatoes
Makes 8 servings
2
pounds (908 g) green beans
½
teaspoon (2 ml) kosher salt
8
ounces (227 g) onion, peeled and chopped
2
2
garlic clove, peeled and chopped
cans [14 ounces (397 g) each] diced tomatoes, drained, ¼ cup (63 ml) juice
reserved
2
tablespoon (30 m) fresh parsley, finely chopped
1
tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dried basil
¼-½ cup (63 - 125 ml) crumbled feta or chèvre cheese, optional
Trim stem ends from beans; cut into 1¼-inch (3.12 cm) lengths. Combine onion,
garlic, parsley, basil, salt, diced tomatoes and reserved juice.
Layer ½ of the green beans in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker; top
with ½ of the tomato mixture. Repeat. Drizzle olive oil over top.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 5 hours and press
Low. Slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve.
Garnish with crumbled cheese if desired.
Nutritional information per serving (without cheese):
Calories 89 (19% from fat) • carb. 17g • pro. 3g • fat 2g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 131mg • calc. 81mg • fiber 6g
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Sweet Potatoes & Apples
Makes 12 servings
3
pounds (1.36 kg) sweet potatoes,
peeled and cut into ¼-inch (0.6 cm)
slices
4
tablespoons (60 ml) unsalted butter,
melted
1
teaspoon (5 ml) herbs de Provence,
divided
1
teaspoon (2 ml) kosher salt
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
cooking spray
2
red-skinned apples, skin on, cored and cut into ¼-inch (0.6 cm) slices
1
onion, peeled, quartered and cut into ¼-inch (0.6 cm) slices
1
cup (250 ml) vegetable or chicken
stock
In a large bowl, toss potatoes with melted butter; season with herbes de Provence,
salt and pepper. Combine apple and onion in another bowl.
Lightly coat the interior of ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking
spray. Using ¹∕³ of the potatoes, make a single layer around the bottom of the Slow
Cooker. Top with ½ of the apple and onion mixture. Make a second layer with ¹∕³ of
the potatoes; top with remaining apples and onions. Finish with remaining potatoes.
Pour stock over casserole.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 4 hours and press
Low; slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve.
Nutritional information per serving [¾ cup (188 ml)]:
Calories 305 (19% from fat) • carb. 60g • pro. 3g • fat 6g • sat. fat 4g • chol. 16mg • sod. 245mg • calc. 40mg • fiber 9g
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Vegetable Tian
Makes 8 servings
8
ounces (227 g) fresh breadcrumbs
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
½
cup (125 ml) chopped parsley leaves
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
2
garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1
½
ounce (14 g) Parmesan cheese, grated
2
tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
pound (454 g) all-purpose potatoes in their skins, washed, cut into ¹∕8-inch
(0.3 cm) slices
2
1
tablespoon (15 ml) unsalted butter,
melted
large zucchini [1 pound (454 g) total],
cut into ¹∕8 -inch (0.3 cm) slices
1
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dried thyme
pound (454 g) Italian plum tomatoes, cut into ¹∕8-inch (0.3 cm) slices
1
teaspoon (5 ml) dried oregano
cooking spray To make seasoned breadcrumbs, combine crumbs, parsley, garlic, Parmesan, olive
oil and butter in a medium bowl. Stir to blend and coat crumbs with oil and butter;
reserve.
Combine thyme, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl; reserve.
Using 4-mm blade, fit potatoes in large feed tube and slice. Set aside. Repeat with the
zucchini and tomatoes; set aside separately. Pat dry excess liquid from tomatoes with
paper towel.
Lightly coat the interior of ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking
spray. Distribute half the crumb mixture on bottom. Arrange potatoes in a circular
layer. Season with half the herb mixture. Repeat layering with zucchini, herbs, tomatoes and top with remaining breadcrumb mixture.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 6 hours and press
Low. Slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 200 (29% from fat) • carb. 31g • pro. 6g • fat 7g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 6mg • sod. 347mg • calc. 76mg • fiber 3g
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Wild Mushroom Ragout
Makes 8 cups [2L (8 servings)]
cooking spray
1
pound [454 g (approximately)] portobello mushrooms, cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) slices
2
ounces (56 g) dried mushrooms (shiitake, porcini)
10
ounces (283 g) mixed wild mushrooms (shiitake, cremini, oyster,
chanterelle)
1
red bell pepper, cored, seeded, thinly
sliced
4
tablespoons (45 ml) unsalted butter,
divided
green onions, cut into ¹∕8-inches (0.3 cm) slices
½
tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive
oil, divided
cup (125 ml) lightly packed chopped parsley, divided
1
teaspoon (5 ml) thyme
1½ cups (375 ml) minced shallots
1
teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
½
cup (125 ml) dry sherry
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground pepper
1
pound (454 g) white button mushrooms, quartered
3
tablespoons (45 ml) salt-free tomato
paste
1
cup (250 ml) chicken or vegetable
stock
3
3
Lightly coat interior of ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Place dried mushrooms in small bowl; cover with 2 cups (500 ml) boiling
water. Let stand for 10 minutes; drain, reserving soaking liquid. Remove and discard
tough stems; chop. Place in ceramic pot of Cuisinart™ Slow Cooker with mixed wild mushrooms.
Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) each butter and olive oil in a 12-inch (30 cm) Cuisinart® nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add sherry; bring to boil. Cook until reduced by half. Add to mushrooms in Slow Cooker.
Heat ½ tablespoon (7 ml) each butter and oil in same skillet; cook white mushrooms
until golden in two batches. Transfer to Slow Cooker. Brown portobellos in remaining butter/oil in 2 batches. Transfer to Slow Cooker. Add red pepper, green onions,
parsley, thyme, salt and pepper to slow cooker. Combine tomato paste, reserved
mushroom liquid and chicken stock; stir in.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 4 hours and press
Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve. Serve as a
side dish or as a topping for bruschetta.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 204 (42% from fat) • carb. 24 • pro. 5g • fat 10g • sat. fat 3g
• chol. 12mg • sod. 246mg • calc. 31mg • fiber 4g
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Ginger Poached Pears
No time to fuss with dessert – here is one to fix and forget.
Served chilled it is an easy, do-ahead dessert that is healthy too.
Makes 8 servings
juice of 1 lemon
3
cans ginger ale
4
strips lemon peel, 2 x ½" (5 x 1.25 cm), bitter white pith removed
12
slices (size of a quarter) resh ginger
8
medium pears (Bartlett, Anjou, or
Bosc), slightly underripe, but fragrant
– with stems
¼
cup (63 ml) chopped crystallized ginger
Honey Yogurt Cream (recipe follows)
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)
Combine lemon juice and 4 cups (1 L) water in a medium bowl. Place the ginger ale,
lemon peel, and fresh ginger in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker; stir.
Peel the pears, leaving the stem intact; cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pear
so that it stands upright. As each pear is peeled, dip into the lemon water to prevent
darkening and stand it in the ginger liquid in the slow cooker.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 4 hours and press
Low. When pears are tender, turn slow cooker off. Allow pears to cool in poaching
liquid. Chill in liquid. (If desired, before serving, liquid may be thickened to a syrup-like consistency by simmering until it is reduced by half.)
To serve, arrange each pear on a deep plate (rimmed soup bowl works well). Spoon
poaching liquid over pears. Garnish with a dollop of Honey Yogurt Cream, Chocolate
Glaze and sprinkle with chopped crystallized ginger.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 174 (5% from fat) • carb. 44g .• pro. 1g • fat 1g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 14mg • calc. 43mg • fiber 5g
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Honey Yogurt Cream
Makes about 2 cups (500 ml)
8
ounces (227 g) fat-free vanilla yogurt
1½
teaspoons (7 ml) vanilla extract
8
ounces (227 g) light sour cream
½
teaspoon (2 ml) almond extract
2-3 tablespoons (30 - 45 ml) honey
Place vanilla yogurt in a yogurt strainer or strainer lined with a coffee filter. Let drain
for 2 hours to remove whey; discard whey. Place strained yogurt, sour cream, honey,
and extracts in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth and blended. Keep refrigerated
until ready to use.
Nutritional information per serving (2 tablespoons):
Calories 73 (21% from fat) • carb. 12g • pro. 3g • fat 2g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 10mg • sod. 47mg • calc. 81mg • fiber 0g
Chocolate Glaze
Makes about 1 cup (250 ml)
6
ounces (170 g) semisweet chocolate
¼
cup (63 ml) unsalted butter
2
tablespoons (30 ml) light corn syrup
Combine the ingredients in a 1½-quart (1.4 L) Cuisinart® saucepan. Stir over low
heat until melted and smooth. Let cool 10 minutes before using.
Nutritional information per serving [1 tablespoon (15 ml)]:
Calories 87 (64% from fat) • carb. 89g • pro. 0g • fat 7g • sat. fat 4g • chol. 8mg • sod. 4mg • calc. 4mg • fiber 0g
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Stewed Rhubarb
Makes 8 cups (2 L)
4
pounds (1.8 kg) fresh rhubarb stalks,
washed and dried
2
cups (500 ml) granulated sugar
Slice rhubarb ¼ to ½-inch (0.6 - 1.25 cm) thick. Place rhubarb in the ceramic pot of
the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker and stir in the sugar. Let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours, until the rhubarb gives up liquid. Cover and press the On/Off button to
the turn unit on. Set time to 5 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically
switch to Warm when cooking time is elapsed.
Transfer to resealable containers and refrigerate until ready to use. Use to top oatmeal
or as a topping for vanilla ice cream.
Nutritional information per serving [1 cup (250 ml)]:
Calories 120 (2% from fat) • carb. 30g • pro. 1g • fat 1g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0g • sod. 5mg • calc. 98mg • fiber 2g
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Baked Apples
Makes 6 servings
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) slivered almonds, lightly toasted
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly grated nutmeg
6
¹∕³ cup (83 ml) dried cherries or cranberries
large baking apples (Rome, Granny
Smith, Braeburn, or Gala)
1
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) raisins
tablespoon (15 ml) unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
1
cup (250 ml) packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon (5 ml) cinnamon
½
½ cup (125 ml) apple juice or cider
Mix brown sugar with cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Set aside ¼ cup (63 ml) sugar mix for topping. Add cherries, raisins and almonds and combine to
make filling.
Core apples ¾ of the way down. With a melon baller, scrape out a small cavity [about ¼ cup (63 ml)]. Peel top ¹∕³ of the apples. Stuff some filling in each cavity.
Reserve any excess filling.
Place prepared apples in ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Sprinkle remaining sugar and spice mix over tops. Dot each with ½ teaspoon (2 ml) butter.
Pour apple juice around edges. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit
on. Set time to 4 hours and press Low. Slow Cooker will automatically switch to
Warm until ready to serve.
To serve, place apples on dessert plates. Top with any loose nuts and fruit. Drizzle
with pan juices.*
*Note: You can thicken the cooking juices to make a sauce. Carefully strain liquid
into a Cuisinart® 1¾-quart (1.7 L) saucepan; set over medium high heat and boil
until reduced and thickened. Pour over apples or serve on the side.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 351 (17% from fat) • carb. 75g • pro. 2g • fat 7g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 7mg • sod. 16mg • calc. 71mg • fiber 6g
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Apple Streusel
Cheesecake
Makes one 7-inch (17.5 cm) cheesecake
½
teaspoon (2 ml)+ 2 tablespoons (30 ml) butter, divided
16
apple, peeled and cored, cut in quarters
ounces (454 g) lowfat cream cheese,
cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces, at
room temperature
1
2
large eggs
tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
3
tablespoons (45 ml) half-and-half
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) ground cinnamon
1
tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch
½
cup (125 ml) brown sugar + 1 tablespoon (15 ml), divided
1
teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
1
cup (250 ml) vanilla wafers or gingersnap crumbs (about 24 cookies), broken up
1
Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 7-inch (17.5 cm) springform pan with ½ teaspoon (2 ml) butter. Insert 4-mm slicing disc in Cuisinart® Food Processor;
cut apple to fit large feed tube. Place apple halves in feed tube; use medium pressure
to slice. Remove apples, toss with lemon juice, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon (15 ml)
brown sugar; reserve. Wipe work bowl dry with a paper towel.
Insert metal blade in Food Processor. Place cookies in work bowl, pulse to chop, then
pulverize into crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) butter and process until blended, 30 seconds. Press into bottom of springform pan. Do not wash work bowl.
Place cream cheese and remaining ½ cup (125 ml) sugar. Process until smooth, 30 seconds; scrape sides and bottom of work bowl. Process 30 seconds longer; scrape
work bowl. Add eggs, process 20 seconds, scrape work bowl. Add half-and-half,
cornstarch, and vanilla; process until smooth, 20 seconds. Pour ½ the cream cheese
mixture in the prepared spring form pan. Top with ½ apple mixture. Repeat.
Place the rack in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Place the springform
pan on the rack. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time
to 2½ hours and press High; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when
cooking time has elapsed.
Turn off. Lift the cheesecake from the Slow Cooker using hot pads and place on a
wire rack to cool completely. When cool, place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours
before serving.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings):
Calories 313 (49% from fat) • carb. 32g • pro. 9g • fat 17g • sat. fat 9g • chol. 89mg • sod. 378mg • calc. 118mg • fiber 1ga
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Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake
Makes one 7-inch (17.5 cm) cheesecake
½
teaspoon (2 ml) + 2 tablespoons (30 ml) butter, divided
¼
cup (63 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
¼
cup (63 ml) lightly toasted, finely
chopped hazelnuts
2
large eggs
3
tablespoons (45 ml) half-and-half
²∕³ cup (167 ml) chocolate cookie crumbs
¼
cup (63 ml) Frangelico
1
cup (250 ml) lowfat ricotta
2
tablespoons (30 ml) cornstarch
12
ounces (340 g) lowfat cream cheese
1
teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
½
cup (125 ml) granulated sugar
½
cup (125 ml) mini chocolate morsels
Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 7-inch (17.5 cm) springform pan with ½ teaspoon (2 ml) butter.
Combine remaining butter, chopped nuts and cookie crumbs. Press crust mixture
into bottom of springform pan.
Place ricotta, cream cheese, sugar and cocoa in work bowl of a food processor and
process 30 seconds; scrape sides and bottom of work bowl. Process another 30 seconds; scrape work bowl. Add eggs and process 20 seconds; scrape work bowl.
Add half-and-half, Frangelico, cornstarch and vanilla; process 20 seconds (or mix
using a hand-held electric mixer). Pour into pan, sprinkle with chocolate morsels and
swirl into batter.
Place the rack in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Place the springform
pan on the rack. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 2 hours and press High; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed. Set timer to 30 minutes. Turn Slow Cooker off and let
cheesecake rest in slow cooker for 30 minutes. Once the cheesecake has rested for 30 minutes remove it from the Slow Cooker using hot pads, and place on a wire rack to cool completely. When cool, place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours before serving.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 slices):
Calories 366 (57% from fat) • carb. 27g • pro. 12g • fat 24g • sat. fat 11g • chol. 89mg • sod. 411mg • calc. 210mg • fiber 4g
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Chocolate Terrine
Makes 16 servings
1
pound (454 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3
tablespoons (45 ml) Kahlúa® or other liqueur
1½
cups (375 ml) half-and-half
Chocolate Glaze
4
large eggs, lightly beaten
Line a loaf pan, 8½ x 4½ x 3 inches (21.25 x 11.25 x 7.5 cm), with aluminum foil.
Tip: Lay a sheet of foil on the outside of the pan. Fold down to cover the sides the
loaf pan, then fold down the ends and “pleat” the corners. Carefully lift the molded
foil off the outside of the loaf pan and fit into the inside of the pan.
Place the chocolate, half-and-half and salt in a Cuisinart® 2¾ quart (2.7 L) saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring, until chocolate completely melted and the mixture
is smooth. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Using a Cuisinart® SmartPower Hand Mixer on the lowest speed, add the eggs and Kahlua. Mix until blended
and smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture into the foil-lined loaf pan.
Place the oval rack into the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart™ Slow Cooker. Add 4
cups (1L) hot water to the pot. Place the filled loaf pan on the rack in the hot water.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 2½ hours and
press High. Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm when time has elapsed.
Remove and cool completely on a wire rack. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at
least 8 hours.
Invert onto a plate and unmold, carefully lifting off the foil. Drizzle with chocolate
glaze; refrigerate to set Glaze. Serve with Vanilla Custard Sauce and Raspberry Sauce.
Fresh raspberries or sliced fresh strawberries make a nice garnish.
Nutritional information per serving (with glaze):
Calories 281 (62% from fat) • carb. 24g • pro. 5g • fat 22g • sat. fat 12g • chol. 69mg • sod. 28mg • calc. 52mg • fiber 2g
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Applesauce
Makes about 7 cups (1.75 L)
4
pounds (1.8 kg) red apples*, washed
sugar, optional
2
lemons, juiced
cinnamon, optional
Core apples, but do not peel. Cut into 2-inch (5 cm) chunks. Mix lemon juice with
enough water to make 1 cup (250 ml).
Add the apples and water mixture to Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Cover and press the
On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 4 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker
will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Use a potato masher to smash apples for a chunky applesauce, or purée the apple
mixture in ceramic pot using a hand blender. Use a gentle up and down motion,
moving the hand blender throughout the ceramic pot – do not lift completely out of
the applesauce while blending. Season with sugar and/or cinnamon if desired.
*Some apples are more appropriate for applesauce. You may use all of one variety
or mix to create your own blends. They may be peeled or not. For applesauce, try
the following red varieties: McIntosh (blended with others), Elstar, Cortland, Fuji,
Gala, Braeburn, Cameo, Criterion, Rome, Sierra Beauty, Spartan, Winesap, and York
Imperial. Green varieties good for applesauce include Pippin and Gravenstein – they
should be peeled first.
Nutritional information per serving [½ cup (125 ml)]:
Calories 98 (5% from fat) • carb. 25g • pro. 1g • fat 1g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 2g • calc. 10mg • fiber 4g
Note: To make Apple Butter from Apple Sauce, stir 1½ cups (375 ml) packed brown
sugar into puréed Apple Sauce in Slow Cooker, along with 1 tablespoon (15 ml)
ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground allspice, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) freshly
grated nutmeg, and ½ teaspoon (2 ml) ground cloves. Cook on Low without covering
for 1 to 3 hours (time will depend on moisture of apples), until mixture is thick. Cool
and place in jars to store in refrigerator.
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Apricot Almond
Bread Pudding
Makes 8 servings [2 quarts (1.9 L)]
3
ounces (85 g) dried apricots, diced
½
cup sliced almonds, toasted
¼
cup (63 ml) Kirschwasser®, brandy or amaretto
3
large eggs
2
cup granulated sugar
∕³
1
teaspoon (5 ml) unsalted butter
1
3
tablespoons (45 ml) unsalted butter,
melted, divided
can [12 ounces (340 g)] fat-free evaporated milk
1
teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
5
cups (1.25 L) very hot water
5
cups (1.25 L) bread, cut into ½-inch
(1.25 cm) cubes
Soak apricots in Kirsch for ½ hour; drain and reserve liquor. Cut a piece of aluminum foil 20 inches (50 cm) long, and fold in half to a piece 10 inches (25 cm) long.
Lightly butter one side with ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) unsalted butter; reserve. Cut another
piece of aluminum foil about 24 inches (61 cm) long. Fold in half lengthwise, then
fold in half again two more times to create a strip about 24 inches (61 cm) in length
and 2 inches (5 cm) wide to make a “cradle”; reserve.
Coat the inside of a 2-quart (1.9 L) soufflé dish with remaining ¾ teaspoon (4 ml)
unsalted butter. Layer ½ of the bread cubes on the bottom. Sprinkle with half the
apricots and half the almonds. Drizzle with half the melted butter. Repeat. Pour remaining melted butter over top.
Beat eggs and sugar until thick, using a Cuisinart® Hand Mixer on low speed. Add
milk, vanilla and reserved Kirsch; mix thoroughly.
Pour egg mixture over bread layers. Cover with the buttered foil. Secure tightly with
kitchen twine. Set the dish in the centre of the long strip of folded foil and bring up
the sides to meet, twisting together to form a handle. Place the rack in the ceramic pot
of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. To place the soufflé dish on the rack, use the foil cradle
to help lift the dish, and carefully lower the dish into the pot and place on the rack.
Carefully pour hot water in bottom of ceramic pot. Cover and press the On/Off button
to turn the unit on. Set time to 3 hours and press Low. Remove the soufflé dish from
the slow cooker using the foil strips to lift it. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Note: You may substitute dried cherries for the dried apricots for a Cherry Vanilla
Bread Pudding.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings):
Calories 415 (29% from fat) • carb. 58g • pro. 13g • fat 14g • sat. fat 5g • chol. 95mg • sod. 356mg • calc. 212mg • fiber 2g
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Chocolate Pudding Cake
Makes 8 to 12 servings
1
teaspoon (5 ml) unsalted butter, room
temperature
¹∕³
cup (83 ml) unsalted butter, melted
1½ teaspoons (7 ml) vanilla extract
½
cup (125 ml) packed light brown
sugar
½
cup (125 ml) chopped pecans, lightly
toasted
1
teaspoon (5 ml) espresso powder
cups (63 ml) + 3 tablespoons (95 ml)
unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
1¼
cups (312 m) hot water
¼
cup [63 ml (Kirschwasser® or Kahlúa®)
2
teaspoons (10 ml) baking powder
vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
¼
teaspoon (1 ml) salt
½
cup (125 ml) + 1 tablespoon (15 ml)
reduced fat milk, hot
1¼ cups (312) granulated sugar, divided
1
¼
cup (250 ml) unbleached, all-purpose
flour
Lightly coat a 2-quart (1.9 L) soufflé dish with teaspoon butter.
Combine ¾ cup (175 ml) granulated sugar in large bowl with the flour, 3 tablespoons
(45 ml) cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add hot milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Using a Cuisinart® Hand Mixer on low speed, beat until smooth. Spread into prepared soufflé dish.
Stir together remaining ½ cup (125 ml) granulated sugar, brown sugar, remaining ¼ cup (63 ml) cocoa and toasted pecans in small bowl; sprinkle mixture evenly over
batter. Combine hot water, espresso and Kirschwasser; pour over batter. Do not stir.
Insert rack in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Place soufflé dish on
the rack. Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 3 hours
and press High; slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time
has elapsed. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve warm or chilled in dessert dishes, spooning both cake and pudding-like mixture on bottom into the dish. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, if desired.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 12 servings):
Calories 394 (30%) from fat • carb. 65g • pro. 4g • fat 14g • sat. fat 6g • chol. 23mg • sod. 147 mg • calc. 46mg • fiber 3g
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French Vanilla Rice Pudding
Makes 18 servings
cooking spray
½
2
cups (500 ml) Arborio rice, uncooked
1²∕³ cups (415 ml) granulated sugar
5
cans [12 ounces (340 g) each] fat free evaporated milk (not reconstituted)
1
vanilla bean, slit in half lengthwise
1
tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
2
cans [14 ounces (397 g) each] lite
coconut milk
cup (125 ml) water
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Add rice. Stir in milks and sugar. Scrape in seeds and add pod of vanilla
bean.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn unit on. Set time for 4 hours and press
Low; slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has elapsed.
Remove and discard vanilla bean, stir in vanilla extract.
Serve warm. Chill leftover rice pudding in a bowl, covered with a sheet of plastic
wrap place directly on the surface, to prevent a skin from forming.
Nutritional information per serving [²/3 cup (166 ml)]:
Calories 202 (11% from fat) • carb. 36 • pro. 8g • fat 3g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 0mg • sod. 112mg • calc. 273mg • fiber 0g
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Peach Cobbler
Makes 8 servings
2
pounds (1 kg) fresh peaches, skinned,
(or frozen and defrosted) cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) slices
¼
cup (63 ml) packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon (15 ml) instant tapioca
1
teaspoon (5 ml) ground ginger
2
cups (500 ml) prepared granola, without fruit
2
tablespoons (30 ml) melted unsalted
butter
cooking spray
Cut a piece of aluminum foil about 24 inches (61 cm) long. Fold in half lengthwise,
then fold in half again two more times to create a strip about 24 inches (61 cm) in
length and 2 inches (5 cm) wide to make a “cradle”; reserve.
Place peaches in a large bowl. Combine brown sugar with tapioca and ginger. Toss
with peaches. Mix granola with melted butter and stir 1½ cups (375 ml) into peaches. Reserve ½ cup (250 ml) for topping. Lightly coat a 2-quart (1.9 L) soufflé
dish with cooking spray. Transfer peach mixture to soufflé dish; top with remaining
½ cup (125 ml) of granola. Set the dish in the centre of the long strip of folded foil
and bring up the sides to meet, twisting together to form a handle.
Place the cooking rack in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Set soufflé
dish on rack by using the foil cradle to help lift the dish, and carefully lower the dish
into the pot and place on the rack.
Cover and press the On/Off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 5 hours and press
Low. Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm until ready to serve.
Remove the soufflé dish from the Slow Cooker using the foil strips to lift it. Serve
with freshly whipped cream, ice cream or vanilla yogurt.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 257 (27% from fat) carb. 46g • pro. 4g • fat 8g • sat. fat 5g • chol. 7mg • sod. 63mg • calc. 36mg • fiber 4g
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Winter Fruit Crisp
Makes 8 to 12 servings [7 cups (1.75 L)]
Fruit
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly grated nutmeg
cooking spray
1
7
ounces (198 g) mixed dried fruits
(apples, pears, apricots, dried plums)
tablespoon (15 ml) dark rum or brandy
1
teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
large Golden Delicious apples, peeled,
cored and cut into 1⁄ 8-inch (0.3 cm)
squares
Crumb Topping
1
cup (250 ml) unbleached, all-purpose flour
3
Bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into
1
⁄ 8-inch (0.3 cm) squares
1
cup (250 ml) uncooked oats, quick or regular
1
cup (250 ml) dried cranberries
¾
cup (188 ml) packed brown sugar
1
whole cinnamon stick
½
teaspoon (2 ml) freshly grated nutmeg
grated zest of one orange
12
½
cup (125 ml) sugar
tablespoons (180 ml) unsalted butter, softened (1½ sticks)
1
tablespoon (15 ml) chopped crystallized ginger or 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground ginger
2
Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker with cooking spray. Cut any large pieces of dried fruit into 1- to 2-inch (2.5 - 5 cm) pieces;
place in prepared Slow Cooker. Add dried fruits, apples, pears and cranberries; stir
gently. Add cinnamon, orange zest, sugar, ginger, nutmeg, rum and vanilla; stir gently
to combine.
Place the flour, oats, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; stir. Add the butter and knead, using fingers, until the mixture resembles large crumbs. Sprinkle
this crumb topping over fruit, patting it down lightly. Cover and press the On/Off
button to turn the unit on. Set time to 4 hours and press Low; Slow Cooker will automatically switch to Warm
when cooking time has elapsed until ready to serve. When done, fruits will be tender
and bubbling and topping will be lightly browned.
Serve warm with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Nutritional information per serving (based on 12 servings):
Calories 371 (29% from fat) • carb. 64g • pro. 3g • fat 13g • sat. fat 7g • chol. 31mg • sod. 14mg • calc. 38mg • fiber 5g
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WARRANTY
LIMITED THREE-YEAR WARRANTY
This warranty supersedes all previous warranties on this Cuisinart® product. This
warranty is available to consumers only. You are a consumer if you own a Cuisinart®
product that was purchased at retail for personal, family or household use. This warranty is not available to retailers or other commercial purchasers or owners.
We warrant that this Cuisinart® product will be free of defects in material or workmanship under normal home use for three years from the date of original purchase.
For warranty purposes, we would like to suggest that you register your product
on-line at www.cuisinart.ca to facilitate verification of the date of original purchase. However, should you not wish to register on-line we recommend the consumer to
maintain original receipt indicating proof of purchase. In the event that you do not
have proof of purchase date, the purchase date for purposes of this warranty will be
the date of manufacture.
When calling our Authorized Service Centre for in warranty service please make
reference to your model number and the manufacturing date code. This information
can be found in the rating area on the body or underneath the base of your unit. The
model number will follow the word Model: PSC650C. The manufacturing date code
is a 4 or 5 digit number. Example, 70630 would designate year, month & day (2007, June 30th).
If your Cuisinart® product should prove to be defective within the warranty period,
we will repair it or, if we think it necessary, replace it. To obtain warranty service,
please call our Consumer Service Centre toll-free at 1-800-472-7606 or write to:
Cuisinart Canada
100 Conair Parkway
Woodbridge, Ont. L4H 0L2
To facilitate the speed and accuracy of your return, please also enclose $10.00 for
shipping and handling of the product. Please also be sure to include a return address,
description of the product defect, product serial number, and any other information pertinent to the product’s return. Please pay by cheque or money order. NOTE: For added protection and secure handling of any Cuisinart® product that is
being returned, we recommend you use a traceable, insured delivery service.
Cuisinart cannot be held responsible for in transit damage or for packages that are
not delivered to us. Lost and/or damaged products are not covered under warranty.
Your Cuisinart® product has been manufactured to strict specifications and has been
designed for use with Cuisinart® authorized accessories and replacement parts for
your model.
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These warranties expressly exclude any defects or damages caused by accessories,
replacement parts or repair service other than those that have been authorized by
Cuisinart. These warranties exclude all incidental or consequential damages.
BEFORE RETURNING YOUR CUISINART PRODUCT
Important: If the nonconforming product is to be serviced by someone other than
Cuisinart’s Authorized Service Centre, please remind the servicer to call our Consumer Service Centre to ensure that the problem is properly diagnosed, the product serviced with the correct parts, and to ensure that the product is still under warranty.
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