Thursday, November 27, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful day full of warm memories and lots of love.
If you are in need of some last-minute crockpot holiday food ideas, here's the list.
This year we're going to have:
--sweet and sour caramelized onions
--candied sweet potatoes (I'll update the picture and recipe for this, too, after we eat)
--mashed potatoes with cream cheese and sour cream
--homemade cranberry sauce
--this pumpkin pudding
oh! and an oven-roasted turkey.
I wasn't planning on doing any more Thanksgiving-y dishes; my mother-in-law is bringing store-bought pies and ice cream. My kids aren't huge pie eaters, and have never shown any interest in pumpkin pie. Like, EVER. But my seven-year-old convinced me last night that it's the crust of the pie that she doesn't like, but she likes the filling. And then her younger sister decided to say the exact same thing.
Crustless pie? That's easy. I can do that. This is much better than my original plan, which was to open a can of pumpkin pie filling and hand them each a spoon.
--1 can of pumpkin puree (15 oz)
--1 can evaporated milk (12 oz--the big can, not the little guy!)
--3/4 cup white sugar
--1/2 cup Bisquick-type mix (I used Pamela's Baking Mix)
--2 T butter, melted
--1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
--1/2 tsp nutmeg
--1/4 tsp cloves
--1/8 tsp ginger
--2 tsp vanilla extract
I used a 4 quart crockpot and it was the perfect size. If you only have a big one, you can use it, but be aware that the batter will be spread out more and will cook much quicker. If you insert an oven-safe dish into the crock, it will work, but the batter will be quite thick and will take a VERY long time. Plan accordingly.
Spray cooking spray into your crockpot.
In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients, and whisk until fully blended. No need to use a hand or stand mixer, just some elbow-grease.
Pour the batter into the prepared crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for about 6. Check your "pie" after 2 hours on high, and 3 hours on low, then check every 30 minutes.
When fully cooked, the pie will look just like a finished pumpkin pie. The batter will have browned and will crack in a few places. The center will have set enough for you to touch it without getting batter on your finger.
Let sit in the crockpot until room temperature, then spoon into serving dishes and top with whipped cream.
Perfect. It tastes fantastic, is gluten-free, and was terribly easy to do. We'll be making this again, and I'm happy to have it to serve today.
I'm off to peel potatoes. For hours.