To ask you for some easy slow cooker recipes?

(57 Posts)
my2centsis Sun 12-May-13 22:50:32

This is probably the wrong place for this but am after some simple recipes? Does anyone have and tips for me? The more simple the better

squeakytoy Sun 12-May-13 22:53:10

veggie or non veggie?

my staples in the slow cooker are sausage casserole, chicken chasseur, beef stew, and chilli..

IWishIWasSheRa Sun 12-May-13 22:55:19

Oh god- actual recipes? My slow cooker only makes chicken + shop bought sauce. Until I saw this thread I classified that as 'cooking'

<hangs head in shame>

Callofthefishwife Sun 12-May-13 22:55:46

Garlic and Lemon Chicken casserole

Chicken Thighs (skinless)
1 Lemon
chicken stock/chicken gravy granules
Green Beans

Literally bung it all in. Chop carrots into chunky batons, slice the lemon into rings, crush half the garlic bulb and put the remaining cloves in whole. Quarter the onions. Cover with water and add stock (I used chicken bovril). You can chuck everything in at the same time or add leeks andgreen beans an hour or 2 before serving. I bunged everything in 1st thing today and it turned out fine 8 hours later. I add gravy granules half an hour before the end just to thicken the liquid because I like it to be a bit thicker than just water. I dont even bother to brown off the chicken first. To me a slow cooker is just bung it all in and come back X hours later and eat.

Gossipmonster Sun 12-May-13 23:06:45

Most supermarkets have a stand with those Schwartz mix things - just buy some if those and buy the ingredients while you are there grin

LemonsLimes Sun 12-May-13 23:08:28

Pearl barley, tin of tomatoes, lamb stock, diced lamb, leek, swede or parsnip, carrots, onion, mushrooms, bouquet garni, any other veg you have. Fill the stock to an inch below the top of the pot. Cook on high for 8 hours.

Gammon joint. Cover with cider. Cook on high for 4 hours

Whole chicken. Add a bit of water to the bottom, an inch or so. Cook on high for four hours. (Some don't add any water, but i prefer to as i've tried both and it came out a bit dry without.)

dopeysheep Sun 12-May-13 23:15:09

5 cans of different beans - baked/kidney/ black eye/butter/ mixed beans. Packet of chilli con carne mix, tin of chopped toms.

Bung it all in cooker ( make up the chilli mix with however much water it says on the packet) for about 5 hours or more. Mash up about a third of it with a couple spoons of brown sugar, put the mashed up stuff back in the cooker, stir it up and serve.
It's really nice and super cheap.

raisah Sun 12-May-13 23:18:34

Easy Chicken Curry

1 chicken (cut into pieces & washed)
1 desert spoon each of coriander, cumin, curry powder
1/2 to full spoon of turmeric powder
chilli powder depending on taste (I put a spoon)
salt (depending on taste)
garlic & ginger (fresh, powder or paste)
2 medium onions sliced thinly
bayleaf optional
fresh coriander to garnish (optional)

I just bung it all in & cook it on low for 8 hours with enough water to cover chicken.

If you have time then I recommend that you fry the onions & salt until semi soft. Then add the spices & cook for a further 10 mins. Add a bit of water if the spice mix starts to stick.
Add the chicken to the spice mix and brown before putting it in the slow cooker. You will notice that the spices will be a lot more intense after frying.

Goldmandra Sun 12-May-13 23:18:38

Throw in pork shoulder steaks, shallots, 1 apple (peeled and sliced) and enough chicken stock to just cover.

Cook for a whole afternoon or longer then stir in a bit of creme fraiche or double cream just before serving with green beans and mashed potato.

Goes down a storm with my picky lot smile

ecclesvet Sun 12-May-13 23:19:47

Pork shoulder, few glugs of Dr Pepper, high for 8 hours. Drain juices, shred the pork and eat in bread rolls with BBQ sauce. Yum!

my2centsis Sun 12-May-13 23:24:32

Wow didn't expect to get so many so quick! You are all geniuses! And I'm ok with tin sauce iwish! I feel like I'm always cooking the same meals and my 18month old has decided he doesn't want afternoon naps so cooking tea while he's very upset running after me is getting rather difficult!

ladymariner Mon 13-May-13 00:04:33

Super quick.....chopped onion, a pack of diced beef, a bag of frozen casserole mix and a pint of stock......bung it all in first thing in the morning on high and leave all day till you're ready for it smile

squeakytoy Mon 13-May-13 00:07:14

always brown the meat first... sausages especially unless you want a flaccid penis casserole..

grin Squeaky.

I once cut up and browned sausages then slowcooked.

The skin rolled back on most of them. Looked like lots of mini penises (penisi? peni?) with little foreskins.

craftycottontail Mon 13-May-13 00:15:07

I love this lentil and bacon soup recipe, it's so easy and comes out perfect every time.

I use normal bacon instead of turkey bacon.

squeakytoy Mon 13-May-13 00:16:58

one of my best recipes is gammon casserole... chop up a small gammon joint (they are in the 3 for £10 range in sainsburys) .. add chicken stock, carrots, celery, swede, onion, and dried soup mix.. a bit of garlic and pepper... leave for at least 7 hours...

it is lovely..

Iteotwawki Mon 13-May-13 05:45:47

Pack of chicken portions, good splurge of frozen sweetcorn, chopped up onion & mushrooms. 2 tins condensed mushroom soup, cook on low for 6h. Serve with mash or pasta if you want.

sashh Mon 13-May-13 06:15:25

Roast chicken

switch on sc on high
unwrap chicken
lift sc lid
put chicken in sc
put lid back on
come back 6-8 hours later and serve

Wuldric Mon 13-May-13 06:32:24

Lamb casserole

2 x packs of diced lamb
2 x potatoes
2 x carrots
2 x onions
Rosemary, garlic, a pint of chicken stock, some plain flour

Serves 4. I usually do serve it with green beans and mashed potato.

Coat the meat in some flour, then brown the meat with the garlic and rosemary. The coating in flour really is just to thicken the casserole, and the browning is to make it less anaemic, as others have said.

Chop the potatoes carrots and onions and bung everything in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours (low is better)

LittleEsme Mon 13-May-13 06:35:47

Genius sashh grin

...and very, very tasty!

LittleEsme Mon 13-May-13 06:38:00

I do the same as sashh OP but with a leg of lamb. If I'm feeling very smug, I'll slip cloves of garlic into some holes I've made into the joint first before bunging it into the SC.

Also, the cheapest cuts of beef can be the most succulent coming out. Beef brisket, I think (sp?)

meddie Mon 13-May-13 07:31:17

Meat (whatever one you want and enough for all of you)
chopped up veg,
garlic and herbs to taste and a stock cube to match the main meat
Bung in for 8 hours.
Thicken with gravy granules for beef or lamb, or use a touch of cornflour for chicken (or chicken gravy granules)
Ta Da.. its as simple as that for a fillling stew.
If you use king edwards potatoes, they 'dissolve' partially and thicken the stew too. really filling and soooo easy.

amigababy Mon 13-May-13 07:40:15

marking place, haven't slow cooked for ages.

Mrdarcyswife Mon 13-May-13 09:30:32

Put chunks of leek and carrot in bottom of cooker. Place half leg of lamb on top (I cut as much fat as I can off first). Scatter over some thyme and stock powder, then pour over a tin of tomatoes. Cook on high for an hour, the low for 6 or 7

redexpat Mon 13-May-13 10:04:14

Roast chicken.

500ml whitewine
900ml veg stock
Whole chicken

Whole lot in. 4 or 5 hours on high.

Saski Mon 13-May-13 10:07:39

I love the slow cooker.

I use these packets of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (powdered) that I buy in the US to add to a lot of them (but not if it already has a lot going on) and this has made me love my slow cooker even more.

claremp7 Mon 13-May-13 11:13:49

Bbc website has some really good recipes. Also just chuck in whatever is in your cupboard. Coconut milk, chopped tomatoes; carrots, , onion and lots of spices are always in my cupboard

Cakecrumbsinmybra Mon 13-May-13 11:21:48

I like chicken pieces (browned), with onion, garlic, leeks, potatoes, white wine, stock and tarragon. If you brown the chicken with plain flour, then the sauce will be a bit thicker. Tbh, any type of veg with chicken pieces and wine/stock will be nice. I add pearl barley sometimes too.

Szeli Mon 13-May-13 11:57:39

* marking place. Must purchase slow cooker... x

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 13-May-13 16:38:46

I'm now going to unbox the slow cooker I've had hidden for months and use it.

sweetiesue Mon 13-May-13 16:54:01

Have had my slow cooker for about a month now, and have had varied success with it.
However, yesterday's meal was the best yet. Slow cooked a piece of brisket beef for about 10 hours on low. So good, and I keep going back into the fridge to pick on the leftovers - yummmmmm.

Basically, 8am put beef into s/c, add about inch of boiling water with one stock cube and reasonable glug of lea & perrins. Put lid on, switch on s/c to low and forget about it until approx 5.30pm. Boil pots and veg on hob, put Aunt Bessies in oven at approx 5.55pm and serve to hungry family at 6pm.

slug Mon 13-May-13 17:02:01

Lamb shoulder

Take off as much of the fat as you can manage.
Bitcher it till it will fit in the cooker
Rub over with garlic puree from a tube and harissa paste
Shove in slow cooker for 8 hours or until you are bored with waiting
Take it out and shred the meat
Drain the juices into a pan and simmer down to concentrate
Serve with salad and flat bread if you are being poncy, white bread if not

topsi Mon 13-May-13 18:54:25

Lamb neck cut into pieces
Lamb gravy from Tesco from the meat isle (fresh stuff)
celery/sweet potato
Cubes of frozen garlic
maybe a cube of frozen chilli if you want heat
dried coriander
could chuck in red lentils and a bit more water
could chuck in dried apricots and a bit of honey if you fancy

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-May-13 19:52:09

YANBU to ask but YABU to post in AIBU grin
We have moved your thread to our food and recipes section
BTW we have a MASSIVE section on slow cooker recipes here
HTH and happy slow cooking

Bumpotato Tue 14-May-13 10:30:00

I wrote a recipe pamphlet for my Gran when she got her slow cooker. Her one is the teeny one from Lakeland. You can multiply quantities to suit. See below:

Slow Cooker Instructions for Gran

Use the LOW setting and cook everything for 6 to 8 hours. Don’t keep lifting the lid for a lookie as it will lose heat and not cook properly.

It can be used on HIGH too, but only cook for 4 hours if you are using the high setting. Meat won’t be quite as tender this way but it will still be fine and shouldn’t be tough.

My suggestion is to prepare your meal first thing and switch the slow cooker on in the morning, using the LOW setting, that way by suppertime it will be ready for you. If you forget to put it on in the morning put it on at lunchtime and use the HIGH setting it will still be ready for teatime.

Always have the lid on while cooking.

Whatever recipe you use, the moisture won’t be lost so the consistency will be similar at the end of cooking as it was at the start. That means if your mince is watery at the start it will be watery at the finish. In general you need to use less water than cooking on the hob. If when you’ve finished cooking and the sauce looks as if it needs reduced, switch to HIGH and leave the lid off for half an hour.

I’ve included potatoes in most recipes to make it a complete meal, but you can leave them out if you want.

Ingredients must be defrosted, other than small veg don’t use frozen food.



Add all your usual soup ingredients, and stock and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours.

Remember the consistency will be the same at the finish as the start so you need less water than if you were cooking on the hob.

Chicken Dinner

chicken on or off the bone, 1 portion
handful of chopped onions
a sliced up carrot
small mealie pudding if you wish (and if it fits)
potato(es) peeled and sliced
stock or gravy

place the onions and carrot on the bottom of the slow cooker
place the chicken on top
mealie (if you’re having some) on top of the chicken
tatties on top of that
pour the stock over the top
put th lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 hours at least

Lamb Chops Dinner

Lamb Chops
handful of chopped onions
a sliced up carrot
potato(es) peeled and sliced
stock or gravy

place the onions and carrot on the bottom of the slow cooker
place the Lamb Chops on top
tatties on top of that
pour the stock over the top
put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours at least

Mince and tatties

Portion of nice mince
handful of chopped onions
a sliced up carrot and/or handful of peas
small mealie pudding if you wish
potato(es) peeled and sliced
stock or gravy

place everything in the slow cooker
pour the stock/gravy over the top give it a stir
put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours at least

Beef Stew

Diced beef
Veg of your choice
Stock or gravy (add a little red wine if you wish/have any)
Add potatoes if you wish

Add the whole lot to the pot, stir
put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours at least

Slow Cooker Stovies

Sliced tatties – 3 or 4
Beef, small amount
Corned beef, couple of slices
Beef stock, I use COMPTONS

Layer the whole lot in the pot, pour over the stock and cook on LOW setting for 6 – 8 hours.

Stir or mash when finshed.

Sausage Stew

Fine, good quality, sausages
Veg of your choice
Stock or gravy (add a little red wine if you wish/have any)
Squirt or heaped teaspoon of tomato puree
Add potatoes if you wish

Add the whole lot to the pot, stir
put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours at least

Roast Gammon

This is really fine, Gran &#61514;

Small roll of gammon
Dark brown sugar, say about 10 heaped teaspoons worth

Put the gammon in the slow cooker
Spoon the sugar on to the top of the gammon
Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. This recipe does not work on high.
When finished lift the gammon out with a fork. When the juice at the bottom has cooled, just throw it away (it is no use for gravy)

Gammon cooked in Cider

(affa fine too &#61514;)

Small roll of gammon
Tin of cider

Put the gammon in the slow cooker
Pour the cider over
Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on LOW

The juice can be used for gravy if you wish.

Meat Joints

Pretty much any cut of meat or chicken can be used.

I’ve done chicken, turkey, pork, gammon, beef and they’ve all been affa fine.

Slow cooking makes it really tender

Place joint in slow cooker either by itself or on a bed of carrots.

Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours

When you take the joint/carrots out there will be juice at the bottom of the pot. Add your stock cube/gravy granules to make a gravy.

BBQ Ribs

Pork Ribs
Heinz BBQ Sauce

Place ribs in cooker
Squirt over some BBQ sauce
Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours

Rice Pudding

(I’ve not done this, go the recipe online, let me know if it’s fine)

4 oz pudding rice
1½ pints of milk (or use part evaporated/part normal milk if you prefer)
2 tablespoons of sugar
Cinnamon, sultanas etc. if you wish

Rub the butter all over the inside of the pot
Add the rice, milk and sugar and stir well
Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or LOW for 5 hours

Dollop of jam on top when it’s done if you want!

I didn’t add herbs, spices and seasoning to the recipes, you know which ones you like and which ones to use.

Generally veg cooks better at the bottom of the pot, but if you have it on LOW all day, it’ll be fine.

That lot will get you started, you can try other things you like and give me some of your recipes!

Saski Tue 14-May-13 19:19:50

^^Thanks for that, particularly the RIBS! Yum!

But you can cook food from frozen in the slow cooker, I do it all the time.

Goldmandra Tue 14-May-13 20:18:13

But you can cook food from frozen in the slow cooker, I do it all the time.

Same here.

I once had guests for the weekend and realised to my horror on the Sunday morning that I hadn't taken the leg of lamb out of the freezer shock

Luckily I have a large, oval shaped slow cooker so I got DH to saw the last inch of bone off the end and it fitted fine.

I threw in some veg, stock and rosemary and left it while we went out to the Malvern Hills for the day.

We got back to the most delicious smell and the best slow roasted lamb I have every tasted. It literally dropped off the bone and melted in the mouth smile

I served it with mash and it went down a storm with everyone.

Bumpotato Wed 15-May-13 10:19:25

Fab, I didn't know that. My gran is 90 I just wanted her instructions to be as simple as possible.

I had a leg of lamb the other week that was too big for my 6.5 litre slow cooker. I put it in the dish and covered the slow cooker with foil and placed the lid on top. When the lamb was cooked enough to remove from the bone I cut it up and put it back in to cook in the juices for another few hours. The meat was fabulous when I served it.

Saski Wed 15-May-13 10:41:22

I LOVE that you can cook from frozen. For me, it's half the appeal of a slow cooker, not having to think ahead.

I am so happy to have seen your ribs suggestion. It has made my day.

Bumpotato Wed 15-May-13 12:21:03

Saski ribs are a huge hit with my kids. You can add chillies or chilli flakes if you want spice or even chopped peppers or mushrooms. They're not in my recipe as my gran doesn't like those things.

Bumpotato Wed 15-May-13 12:21:47

And any BBQ sauce works.

Saski Wed 15-May-13 13:16:13

I'm trying it tomorrow, bumpotato. I have to giggle at the mushroom suggestion and just remember that you've never met my kids, who have built-in mushroom detectors especially developed for them by NASA.

Bumpotato Wed 15-May-13 15:10:15


ladymariner Thu 16-May-13 19:15:50

The tea we had tonight doesn't get much easier....I put a joint of gammon in the slow cooker at 8.00 this morning and covered it in diet come then switched it to high and left it till 5pm when we ate it (it just fell to its, absolutely delicious) with potato wedges and like an easy tea! grin

ladymariner Thu 16-May-13 19:17:21

Hahahaha, omg need to read what I've typed before I post......that should read diet COKE!!!!!!!! blush grin grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 16-May-13 19:40:59

And I was just going to ask where you get the diet version from too and if it made your tea too salty grin

starfishmummy Thu 16-May-13 19:48:58

Pack of sainsburys basics cubed pork shoulder. Brown if you want. Bung in slow cooker with as much onion carrot and leek as you think. Mix pack of Schwartz somerset pork casserole with water throw over top.
Cook on auto for a bit, give it a prod decide its not cooking and whack it up to high. Give it a bit longer de idea it probably is ok and turn it down to low.....

AuntPittypat Thu 16-May-13 20:06:26

Chicken, chickpea & chorizo stew is lovely (I found it on an earlier thread, so thanks to whoever posted it originally!).

Rough chop a large onion, 1 or 2 peppers (any colour), a good amount of chorizo, and any other veg you have lying around. Chuck in slow cooker with some chicken breasts or thighs (bones removed), a tin of chopped tomatoes, a tin of chickpeas, a glug of red wine and a stock cube. Cook on low for 8 hours.


ladymariner Thu 16-May-13 22:08:28

jilted grin grin

Bumpotato Fri 17-May-13 00:05:59

Arf and simultaneous dry boak at diet come

Saski Fri 17-May-13 10:44:04

AuntPittypat I like your chicken recipe, but why remove the bones? Just curious.

Has anyone ever done a pork tenderloin in the slow cooker? I'm thinking you need a fattier cut.

Bumpotato Fri 17-May-13 10:47:53

How were your ribs Saski?

If the meat is less fatty you can balance it on carrots and water to give it more moisture while cooking.

If my meat has ended up dry, as it did with a roll of silverside once. I slice it up and give it some time in the juices at the bottom, problem solved.

AuntPittypat Fri 17-May-13 13:23:42

Saski, I guess you could do it with the bones in, but the meat goes so tender that I'd worry about it falling off the bone and then having to fish all the bones out!

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Fri 17-May-13 15:58:24

I do sliced new potatoes, baby (or chopped) carrots and leeks, sliced up and put in the slow cooker with honey and wholegrain mustard mixed together and poured over on low for 8-10 hours.

Then (depending on how many I'm cooking for and if it will fit) I put a joint of gammon on top, with cloves in and some brown sugar on the top.

CumbrianMum2 Sat 18-May-13 14:54:05

Looking for a slow cooker recipe that I can do for some veggie friends coming to supper (they will eat fish). I'm not a confident cook, so I'd like to make it in advance, test it first on family, and if they don't reel back in disgust, freeze the rest of it. These friends are pretty red-hot cooks themselves, so it would be good to have something that looks like I've made a bit of an effort (which indeed I am prepared to do!). Most slow-cooker recipe books don't tell you whether you can freeze or not, which is irritating if you are not smart enough to work it out for yourself.

dementedma Sun 19-May-13 09:49:37

Today we are having beef casserole in slow cooker. Pretty much bung in meat, veggies, seasoning and for liquid use ale. Will serve with Yorkshires and roasted leeks/parsnips. Dds lemon cheesecake for pud.
First challenge is to actually get out of bed though......

JamNan Sun 19-May-13 10:42:52

@ Bumpotato
I made your rice pudding recipe and it was lovely. I used flaked rice and cooked it fours hours on low. Having the leftover cold for brekkie this morning

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