Monday, March 23, 2015

Slow Cooker Beer & Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken Sliders

Photo credit: By Morabito92 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I've been a little fixated with using our slow cooker lately.  I've made at least 4 or 5 meals with it over the last few weeks, and it's rapidly becoming a front-runner in my cooking arsenal.

It's got to be the easiest way to whip up dinner.  Dump all the ingredients in and forget about it! 

The slow cooker lends itself to hearty meat dishes, so this recipe for pulled chicken sliders seemed like it would be perfect for a long, slow braise in my new favorite kitchen tool.

The recipe is super easy & delicious. - And I kind of love that I found it on a blog called The Beeroness.  She's gotta have some credibility with that moniker, right?  Spoiler alert:  she does.  It's a damn good meal.

If you double or triple the amounts, it's perfect to cook for a crowd.  Not that we entertain much, but maybe you do!  If you'd like to give it a try, you can find the recipe here.

I followed the recipe word for word, and I used Guinness for the dark beer.  King's Hawaiian slider buns were my go-to for the rolls, and for a side dish, I went with a cauliflower mash.  Also known as "faux" mashed potatoes, and pretty much the only way I like to eat cauliflower. 

I love the texture, and as you know I can't say enough about adding freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano at every possible opportunity.  Do I have to say it?  Reminders never hurt:  King. Of. Cheese.

Parmigiano Reggiano just can't help being the royalty that it is, and it elevates any dish you add it to. The recipe for cauliflower mash that I used can be found here. The only tweaks I made were adding a touch of whole milk because I didn't have any cream cheese, and I added a little bit of horseradish for some zip. If you've never tried cauliflower mash, you need to!

No doubt this was an exceptional slow cooker chicken dish. - You won't be disappointed with these stand out, simple sliders.  Now, go wrestle that slow cooker out from the back of your cabinets!

Ta-ta for now.

So good!

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