Crockpot Appetizers:
Tasty Party Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

If you're planning a party or get-together, crockpot appetizers can be a life saver. Why? Because, chances are, you're making 600 other things as well. And need the extra space in your: oven, stove-top, microwave, counter top, etc.

So now enter... The mighty crockpot!

Nope, it's not just for dinners any more... in fact, it can be the new hero of your kitchen. Not only can you make delicious appetizers in your slow cooker, but it also makes your multitasking that much easier. As we all know, timing is everything when it comes to cooking. This is especially true when it comes to parties. We want to have a nice variety of appetizers that not only have that "wow" factor, but are also easy to prepare-- and to have prepared and ready to go at just the right moment. Crockpot appetizers cover both.

With minimal prep work, you can make fabulous appetizers that are tasty, fun, and rich in flavor. And while they're cooking, you're free get your other appetizers together and tend to everything else on your (probably GIANT) To-Do List.

The following slow cooker appetizers can be served right from the crockpot, or you can use your pot to keep them warm while refilling serving dishes. Want some more ideas? You'll find some more slow cooker appetizer recipes right here!

Smoky Chipotle-Cherry Sausage Bites

Little Sausage Appetizers with Chipotle And Cherry for CrockpotHonestly...what party would be complete without some kind of cocktail sausage appetizer? Always a crowd favorite, cocktail sausages are that one appetizer that all the men at the party will plant themselves around-- and probably not move from their spot in front of 'em for the entire night.

This is one of my favorite crockpot appetizer recipes, and I think it really takes classic barbeque bites to a whole new level. The fruity sweetness of the cherry combined with the smoky tanginess of the barbeque sauce and smokey-spice of the chipotle is simply... heaven!

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3 cups barbecue sauce
2 cups cherry preserves
1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
2 Tbsp canned chipotle chiles in Adobo sauce, chopped
1 Tbsp of the Adobo sauce from chiles
1/2 cup water (or use beer!)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 lbs miniature smoked sausage

Instructions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a crockpot. Give it a quick stir and cover.

2. Set the crockpot on low for 2-3 hours, or high for 1-2 hours. Serve in crock pot or transfer to serving dish before serving.

Easy enough for ya?

Bacony Hot Dogs Recipe for the Crockpot

Awesome crockpot appetizers don't get much easier than this. Minimal ingredients, minimal effort, maximum flavor! Oh, and they're a LOT of fun.

We all know that sweet and salty make a great pair, and what better way to put them together than with bacon and brown sugar? A match made in heaven.

No, this recipe isn't super classy. But who needs class when you have smokey-sweet-crispy-sticky-tender flavor like this. Sometimes you just need YUM. Everyone will love these!

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20 hot dogs, cut in fourths
20 slices bacon, cut in fourths
brown sugar, as needed

Instructions: 1. Wrap each piece of hotdog with a piece of bacon, securing with a toothpick.

2. Layer bottom of crockpot with bacon-wrapped hotdogs and sprinkle with brown sugar. Continue layering hotdogs and brown sugar, ending with a generous sprinkle of brown sugar.

3. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 4-5 hours. If you like, leave uncovered the last 30-45 minute cooktime to allow some of the steam to be released.

Tip: Want to make this a little nicer? Use chunks of cooked italian sausage, or layer in a little fresh rosemary and corasely chopped garlic for something a little special. Either way, you'll watch these tasty and oh-so-easy crockpot appetizers fly right out of the pot!

Meaty-Cheesy Pizza Fondue for the Crock Pot

Pizza Dip Slow Cooker Appetizer RecipeWho doesn't like pizza? Who doesn't like fondue? Put them together and you have an amazing appetizer that will deem you Hostess with the Mostest by all your guests.

This is a great crockpot appetizer for a party like a super bowl party or a bbq. It's a creative and tasty replacement for that old standby Velveeta and chili dip-- it's tastier, more interesting, and just as much of a crowd pleaser. Want to make it a little more upscale? Play around with the ingredients! Add some sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh basil for something really special.

Feel free to substitute chicken stock for white wine-- but rest assured that the alcohol will boil off as it cooks.

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1 lb ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage
2 tsp dried oregano
1 26-28 oz jar spaghetti sauce
2 8oz pkgs shredded Italian mix cheese
1 8oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup good quality dry,white wine
2 loaves focaccia bread, cut in 1" cubes

Instructions: 1. Add beef and sausage to a large, non-stick skillet. Sprinkle with oregano and cook until browned. Drain off excess grease.

2. Add cooked meat to crockpot, along with all other ingredients (minus the bread). Stir and cover.

3. Cook on low for 1-2 hours, or high for 2-3 hours, adding more liquid if needed.

4. Place fondue forks in a clear drinking glass or small vase on your table next to crockpot and bread cubes.

Tip: This fun fondue recipe is great served with focaccia bread, especially a nicely seasoned one. But you can also try buying (or making) pizza dough, cutting it into chunks, baking it as directed with a little salt, garlic, and Parmesan, and using that for a dipper instead. When I say heaven, I mean heaven.


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