Time to get those Game Day party plans in order

Meatball Marinara Stuffed French Bread is a party favorite.

Football fans can find their emotions in a knot this time of year. As the sport’s ultimate game preparations head into the final plays, fans are both elated at the prospect of a dynamic matchup on the field, or flattened, knowing that once the Super Bowl credits are running and the confetti is floating to the ground, that’s it: game over for a year.

For some fan supporters, the last game is welcomed with Sunday honey-do lists piling up. There will be no more excuses not to clean the gutters.

Dream Dinners loves football, its fans and its party hosts. Our dinners are the perfect start to an MVP award-worthy appetizer spread. The best part is you already have the ingredients in your freezer and can spend less time in the grocery store with the other party hosts a few days ahead of February 4.

The January menu has loads of great recipes that can be remixed into appetizers. You can always serve bowls of the Down Home Texas Ranch Chili with Cheddar Corn Cakes, easily prepared on the stovetop or in a crock pot. Then there is the Garlic and Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak you can slice thinly and weave onto skewers. How about cutting the Crispy Coconut Chicken into chunks and serving them with toothpicks? Or serving the Crunchy Oven Fried Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Puffs on toothpicks? Easy peasy!

Meatball Marinara Stuffed French Bread is also another easy way to turn a Dream Dinner meal into an appetizer.

In 2018, our Sides & Sweets Freezers at the stores are packed to the gills with appetizer favorites.



Slow Cooker Fully Loaded Chicken & Potato Soup


Isn’t it nice to walk in the house after a busy day of work and activities to smell dinner almost done? Especially on a cold, rainy fall day where you just want to warm up with a bowl of soup. Well to make your life even easier, we have come up with some easy alternative cooking instructions, so you can make your Fully Loaded Chicken & Potato Soup in the slow cooker. Now it will be ready to go when you get home!


National Slow Cooking Month


January is National Slow Cooking Month. Using a Crock Pot, or slow cooker, is a great way to save time and make a delicious meal. Just set it up in the morning and you’ll have a delicious-smelling, hot dinner waiting for you when you get home – perfect for busy weeknights!

Both the Old Fashioned Pot Roast with Baby Bakers or the Honey Chipotle Pork Roast with Almond Green Beans from our December menu are great meals to make in a slow cooker. Plus both come with a side, so you’ll have a complete dinner with no extra prep work.


Spitfire Beef Roast In The Crock Pot

Spitfire Beef RoastIf you would like to cook your Spitfire Beef Roast from frozen using your crock pot .. it’s as easy as 1-2-3!


Beef Pasta Bolognese Crock Pot Instructions

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Slow cooked Beef Bolognese is a classic Italian favorite. The rich marinara sauce is loaded with chopped tomatoes, garlic, Italian spices and chunks of tender beef. Combined with our penne pasta, this is a hearty, fuss free Dream Dinner you can serve time and time again.

The best way to cook this dinner is in your crock pot slow and low, 8 – 10 hours on low and come home to the house smelling of wonderful garlic, tomatoes and tender meat.

Simply, add the meat and sauce to the crock pot and set to desired temperature. You could even add 


Back to School Dinner Solutions


Back to School usually means busy nights start up again. Don’t let those additional responsibilities discourage you from getting a great meal on the table.

These dinners not only cook in under 30 minutes but travel well. Take them on a picnic or as dinner in the car to the next sporting event.

  • BBQ Chip Chicken Tenders
  • Central Park Garlic Chicken
  • Carne Asada Steak Tacos

These dinners work great in the crockpot.


Crock Pot Cooking Tips

Many Dream Dinners cook deliciously in a Crock Pot. Don’t you love the aroma of all day cooking in the house when you get home from a long day, it’s so comforting.

Here are a few tips we have learned:

  • One hour on High is equal to 1 1/2 to 2 hrs of cooking time on Low.
  • Always cook with the lid on and don’t lift the lid for the first 2 hrs of cooking.
  • Cut your vegetables in larger pieces than you would if cooking on the stove top. They benefit from slow cooking to develop a richer flavor and will shrink. At the smallest, a 2 inch raw cut of any vegetable is best.
  • Fresh herbs should only be added in the last 5 – 10 min of cooking, the flavors will dissipate if you slow cook them. It is best to use dried herbs and add them when you start the cooking. They simmer and hydrate into the dish, imparting richer flavor.
  • Only add milk, cream or sour cream in the last 15 – 20 min of cooking time or it can break down and separate.


Alternative Suggestions for Slow Cooked BBQ Beef


Serve it straight from the crock pot, as sandwiches or tacos. This lean beef roast becomes so tender it melts in your mouth. We’ve added our rich, smokey seasoned BBQ sauce to create this meal bursting with flavor.

In the crock pot
Don’t you just love the aroma of all day cooking in the house when you get home from a long cold day – it’s so comforting.  The best way to cook your Dream Dinners Slow cooked BBQ Beef  is in the crock pot and the Baby Bakers in your oven (*see note below for a new potato idea!)

Here are a few tips:


Classic Chicken & Dumplings in the Crock Pot

Yes you can cook your Dream Dinners Classic Chicken and Dumplings in your crock pot!

Take it straight from the freezer, cook for 6 – 8 hours and add 1 cup of chicken stock and 1/2 cup of white wine.  Then cook the biscuits in the oven 400 degrees, for 8 –  10 minutes and put them on top of the Chicken and Dumplings in your crock pot before serving.

If you already have it thawed you can cook it in your crock pot on low for 4 -6 hours or high 2 – 3 hours, and then baking the biscuits in the oven just like above.

Crock Pot Temperatures:  You should check you crock pot during cooking to verify the cooking temperatures.  Low setting should cook foods in 4 hours to 160 – 180 degrees.  High should cook the food to 160 – 200 in 3 hours. Not all crock pots cook at those even temperatures and knowing your crock pot temp will help you adjust your cooking times and settings.