Top 10 Slow Cooker Recipes
I hope everyone’s had a lovely Easter – I know the long weekend has worked miracles on me! Those few days spent cooking, walking, and lazing about have left me feeling so very mellow – just what I needed (and I didn’t even know it)! Hence this week’s blog is suitably zen. And when it comes to food, there’s nothing more zen than slow cooking.
Now some of you may think slow cooking sounds ever so slightly old-fashioned, and is all about the winter warmers and stews (and of course your slow cooker is fab for that), but there’s so much more you could be doing with it. Take inspiration from Miss South’s blog – it’s full of thrifty and imaginative recipes that basically reinvent the slow cooker. Slow baked chocolate cake anyone?!
There’s really nothing not to love about slow cookers. Just think how nice it is to come home at the end of a long day to a lovely hearty meal, which took minimum prep (or none at all if it’s the other half’s turn to cook). Not to mention that they are cheap to buy and run, healthy, convenient and require very little washing up (the lazy cook’s dream).
Then of course, there’s the secret sorcery that happens when flavours are left to get to know one another in a pot on low heat for a few hours. Feeling inspired yet? Then get cracking with my Top 10 Slow Cooker Recipes. Many of these are one-pot recipes that can be adapted for the slow cooker, to give them that extra depth of flavour.
This is a casserole-based recipe, but you can easily adapt it for the slow cooker. Brown the meat in batches, and add the curry paste and the water with the last batch. Then simply combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker on low for around 6 hours. The ginger and cumin give the whole thing a lovely spicy kick.
Another lovely aromatic curry! To adapt this (and most other casserole-based recipes) for the slow cooker, you can either sauté the onions and garlic until soft, or skip this step and simply layer the meat on top of the vegetables and cook on low.
Eight Hour Lamb with Feta
This Guardian article is packed with fantastic slow cooker recipes. I don’t like to pick favourites, but I have tried this lamb one before and I can guarantee it was an absolute hit! Slow cooked lamb is so tender it just melts in your mouth, and the herby lemon dressing matches it beautifully.
Yes, you can make soup in the slow cooker. In fact, I think that’s the best way to make beef soup or stews – it gives the luxurious flavours all the time they need to develop and infuse the dish. It doesn’t get much more heart-warming than this!
Pulled Scotch Beef
This is one of my favourites. In the past I’ve done this recipe in the oven, as well as in the slow cooker. Whichever way you cook it, it’s delicious, full stop. But to achieve that tenderness that allows the beef to break apart and melt in your mouth, I prefer to slow cook it for a few hours.
Slow Cooked Salisbury SteakI made this recipe a few weeks ago for the blog, and I’m definitely planning to make it again soon. The gravy is the best part, hands up – it’s fabulously rich, mushroomy, and flavoursome. Yum!
This aromatic melt-in-your-mouth pot roast is a classic – and perfect for a lazy Sunday family meal.
Slow Cuban Braised Beef and Peppers
I haven’t tried cooking this yet, but it sounds (and looks) incredible! I love the thought of the more ‘exotic’ ingredients that you wouldn’t normally associate with a slow-cooked dish, such as avocado – perfect example of how creative and imaginative you can get.
Fragrant Lamb Stew
What’s more heart-warming and comforting on a cold winter’s day than a big bowl of fragrant lamb stew? (A big bowl of fragrant beef stew perhaps? Discuss). I normally pop everything in the slow cooker in the morning, let it cook on low for 8 hours, and come home to pure bliss.
If you don’t have a slow cooker: A. I suggest you get yourself one – they are cheap to buy, incredibly convenient and will save you money and effort, and B. why not take a look at our one-pot recipes blog for some easy and tasty one-pot meals (less washing up is the overarching theme here)? I’m excited to hear your own slow cooker recipes – whether it’s classic comforting stews or something colourful and creative. Until then I’m off to dig out my slow cooker from the kitchen cupboard I hid it in a few weeks ago (what was I thinking?). No more crock-pot neglect!