How to Cook Hillshire Farm Smokies

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Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies are super easy to prepare -- all you have to do is heat and eat, because the bite-size meat smokies made of pork, turkey and beef are precooked. Heat them up on the stove top, in the oven, in the microwave or in a slow cooker; you can prepare Hillshire Farm Smokies in whatever way suits your needs. If you’re having a party, a slow cooker keeps the smokies warm for your guests, but if you’re hungry and in a rush, the microwave is your best bet.

Microwave Instructions

Arrange five Hillshire Farm Smokies on a microwave-safe plate, leaving space between them. Cover them with another plate or a paper towel. Microwave them on high for 20 to 25 seconds. Microwave for an additional 5 to 10 seconds if the smokies are not hot enough. Let stand for 1 minute to cool slightly before eating.

Microwave cooking times will vary, depending on wattage. For microwave ovens that are 850 watts or lower, a longer cooking time may be required.

Stove-Top Instructions

Bring a pot filled with 2 to 3 inches of water to a boil. Add the smokies and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, until they're heated through. Remove them from heat; drain and serve.

Oven Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange the smokies on a shallow baking pan in a single layer, leaving space between each. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until heated through. There's no need to oil the pan -- the fat from the smokies will prevent them from sticking. You can also coat the smokies in a 1 to 1 mixture of brown sugar and butter before baking, to create a sweet and savory treat. Or introduce new flavors by tossing them in a chili sauce.

Slow Cooker

Add a package or two of Hillshire Farm Smokies to a slow cooker, along with a small amount -- at least 1/2 cup to 1 cup -- of a cooking liquid such as soup stock or water to keep them moist. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce the heat to low when you're ready to serve, to keep the smokies warm. To add flavor, pour in a bottle of barbecue sauce or a bottle or two of beer during cooking.

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