Cozy Fall Dinners with Lucky Leaf

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I know I have mentioned it several times already, but I love fall.  Some people are inspired by spring with the hope of summers return.  Not me.  In fact it is my least favorite time of year.  Instead fall or autumn invigorates my senses and makes me truly excited.  There are just too many wonderful things.   Brightly colored falling leaves, burgundy colored mums next to sharp orange pumpkins, and cool crisp weather to name a few.  I could go on and on!  Perhaps it is my Norwegian ancestry that loves the promise of a cozy and snug winter.  To be indoors with warm smells coming from the kitchen and blowing winds outside is a wonderful feeling.

This autumn I was fortunate to host a Lucky Leaf dinner party.  Our guest of choice?  Nana, of course.  We used pie filling to make our main course.  Yes, pie filling!  And it was divine.  Here are the details.

That morning I threw a few ingredients along with a boneless pork shoulder roast into the crockpot.  I love crockpot cooking.  It just doesn’t get any easier than this.  My children tend to disintegrate starting around 4:30 and sometimes I am make supper dealing with one crying child after another.  Fun times.

I love crockpot recipes that turn out well and that I want to make again.  Luckily for me and my family Sweet & Hot Slow Cooker Pork was one of those recipes.

I won’t bother showing you the finished slab of pork.  I took some pictures, but there just isn’t a way to make a slab of slow cooked meat look appetizing.  Instead let me show you an individual plate.

The meat was so tender and the sauce is easy to make and adds great extra flavor!

The sweet potatoes were perfectly cooked and were full of flavor.

This is how cozy fall dinners should be.  Easy and delicious.

The chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce add a little heat to the meat, but the Lucky Leaf Apple Pie Filling nicely counters that spice with sweetness.  My children found the meat to be a little too hot to their liking.  You could minimize the chipotle peppers or leave them out completely to make this recipe more kid friendly.  I really liked the little extra zing that the meat had and I wouldn’t change a thing!

 Sweet & Hot Slow Cooker Pork

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
2 canned chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, chopped*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 2 1/2- to 3-pound boneless pork shoulder roast
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 21-ounce can LUCKY LEAF ® Apple Pie Filling
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Preparation
1. Lightly coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine chipotles, salt, pepper, and paprika. Rub mixture over the pork. Place pork in the slow cooker. Top with sweet potatoes, onion and pie filling. 2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Remove pork and apple mixture from slow cooker. Cover with foil and let stand 10 minutes. Transfer cooking liquid to a medium saucepan. Stir together 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons flour. Add to saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 1 minute more. Slice pork and serve with apple mixture and thickened sauce. Makes 8 servings. * Because hot chile peppers, such as chipotles, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Servings:

Cooking Time: 240

We made our evening meal a little bit more festive with candles.  However notice that we are very informal and are already embracing the cozy atmosphere with certain members of the family already in their pajamas!

I was going to make my husband’s favorite bread-sticks to accompany the meal, somehow that just didn’t happen.  I blame it on the witching hour its craziness, rather than a lack of motivation on my part!  Here is that recipe.

For dessert my children were very happy that I had made a Caramel Apple Cheesecake

I must admit I have not made many cheesecakes.  Working with the pie filling was easy, but my favorite part was the pecans!

My sweet toothed son!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Ingredients
21 oz. can LUCKY LEAF Apple Pie Filling
9 inch graham cracker crust
2 – (8 oz. packages) cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
¼ cup caramel topping
12 pecan halves, plus 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350°. Reserve ¾ cup of the apple filling; set aside. Spoon the remaining filling into the crust. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. Pour this over the pie filling. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set. Cool to room temperature. Mix the reserved pie filling and caramel topping in a small saucepan and heat for about 1 minute, or until spreadable. Spoon the apple-caramel mixture over the top of the cheesecake and spread evenly. Decorate the edge of the cake with pecan halves and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

Servings:

Cooking Time: 35

My family had a wonderful time entertaining Nana in this instance, but we look forward to trying more recipes from Lucky Leaf with friends in the near future.

Here is another recipe for inspiration.

 Cherry Chocotinis

Ingredients
1 box (3.4 oz.) chocolate pudding
2 cups cold milk
2 cups whipped dessert topping
1 can (21 oz.) LUCKY LEAF Premium Cherry Pie Filling
1 loaf pound cake (store-bought or box-made) cut into ½” cubes
1 cup miniature chocolate chip morsels

Preparation
First, prepare the chocolate pudding by mixing it with milk, according to the instructions on the box. Then, take your favorite martini or cocktail glasses and begin to layer the ingredients. Start with a base layer of cubed pound cake. Spread a layer of pudding on top of the cake, then a layer of LUCKY LEAF Premium Cherry Pie Filling. Finish the dessert with whipped topping on the cherry pie filling and sprinkle with chocolate morsels. Cheers!

Servings: 6

Cooking Time: 30

Check out more great recipes from Lucky Leaf pie fillings and make your autumn cozy and warm, just the way I like it.  Or visit with Lucky Leaf via Facebook.

 

I received the above mentioned products for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Everything looks amazing!

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