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Aibu to ask what you cook in your slow cooker that isn’t stew

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MyKingdomForACaramel Mon 11-Mar-19 14:06:55

Have given into a long temptation and bought a slow cooker. Despite wanting one for ages - now have a bit of a “block” when working out what to cook in it. Have browsed online for inspiration but find that the main food sites don’t have obvious categories and the niche ones are full of bloody ads - so thought I would ask the wisdom of mumsnet.

Groovee Mon 11-Mar-19 17:03:10

Pulled pork
Cuban Beef
Bolognese or chilli

Ylvamoon Mon 11-Mar-19 17:04:27

Chicken Pilaf... Basically chicken breast with rice, Sun dried tomato, red pepper & herbs, chicken stock All cooked for about 4 hours. Or till rice is done / liquid gone....

Lazypuppy Mon 11-Mar-19 17:06:23

Whole roast chicken

ProfYaffle Mon 11-Mar-19 17:09:53

Steamed sponge pudding works really well

SabineUndine Mon 11-Mar-19 17:11:04

You should have a look at Jack Monroe's website, she makes bread and all sorts.

Harp1977 Mon 11-Mar-19 17:11:31

Since yesterday I have made
Chicken whole with veggies
Chicken noodle soup
Beef and veg soup
Lasagne and bolognaise
Cinnamon rolls
And in the freezer ready to go
Beef casserole
Pulled pork
Bbq ribs
I prep one day as I work funny hours
So soups are for lunches as is the whole chicken. Bolognaise we had last night and Lasagne is cooking now for tonight.

stevie69 Mon 11-Mar-19 17:12:33

Thai Curry (chicken, quorn or fish)
Lentil Dahl
Chilli con Carne

Buster72 Mon 11-Mar-19 17:13:13

Whole chicken, curried mutton,

ChocOrCheese Mon 11-Mar-19 17:25:26

Steak and kidney pudding.

Happyhusband Mon 11-Mar-19 18:27:49

Jacket potatoes. Leave skin on. Pierce once or twice. Leave all day. Lamb shanks. Stiffado. Gammon beef and pork joints.

IHeartMarmiteToast Mon 11-Mar-19 18:46:56

I put in a chicken with lemon onion and garlic under and in the chicken and put it on low for about 6-7 hours. Them transfer to a hot oven for 10-15 mins to brown the skin. Sounds faffy but honestly so worth it. You can taste the lemon etc all through the chicken and its so moist. Use the juice that comes off the chicken to make gravy.... It's bloody gorgeous. Oh and I get a salt mix from tiger it's a mix of salts herbs and spices rub all over.

ShowMeTheKittens Mon 11-Mar-19 19:00:47

Rice pudding mmmmm

ShowMeTheKittens Mon 11-Mar-19 19:02:00

I would be interested in vegetarian or fish recipes please

Arpafeelie Mon 11-Mar-19 19:02:54

Most of what I make has been mentioned, but it also does creme caramel very well.

OpiesOldLady Mon 11-Mar-19 19:05:49

Tomorrow I'm making butter chicken curry followed by large chocolate chip cookie with ice cream.

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 11-Mar-19 19:09:59

Vegetarian recipe
Husband has made the third one down in the slow cooker and said it was lovely

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 11-Mar-19 19:12:16

Vegetarian recipe two

scatteredglitter Mon 11-Mar-19 19:29:29

Not sure if it s been mentioned but desert rice Made with tinned coconut milk and cream with a pinch of cinnamon. smile

TyneTeas Mon 11-Mar-19 20:10:33

Slow cooker mint chocolate aero bubble cake

wolfmom Mon 11-Mar-19 20:24:23

Barbecue chicken or beef, bottle of cheap cola and tomato sauce poured over the meat then cook. My very fussy daughter loves it.

TaMereAPoilDevantPrisu Mon 11-Mar-19 20:28:05

fudge, rice pudding, and pavlovas

ivegotthisyeah Mon 11-Mar-19 20:40:51

You need these too! 59p in home bargains game changer hate cleaning the slow cooker 😂

Loftyswops988 Mon 11-Mar-19 20:53:23

Got rice pudding in mine at the moment! smells so good

Pk37 Mon 11-Mar-19 20:57:11

Gammon in coke or orange juice
BBQ chicken
Hungarian Goulash (my favourite)
Pulled pork

Clevs Mon 11-Mar-19 20:57:50


Owlettele Mon 11-Mar-19 21:02:30

Sausage casserole , veg soup , sausages in onion gravy, baked potatoes, curry, lasagne (awesome lasagne) some things don't taste v.good from slow cooker but it's my life saver on long work days. Pick the kids up and we are all sorted as soon as we come through the door pretty much so I reserve these for my two long work days and nursery pick ups then rotate them weekly

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Mon 11-Mar-19 21:06:38

For those of you asking about jackets. I have done them a few times. Prick skins. Wrap in foil. Pop in slow cooker for a few hours until done. They taste really nice but are not really like a jacket more like a giant boiled potato. The skin goes soft and thin. You could possibly put them in the oven at the end. Tbh it’s I think it’s easier just to oven cook them.

IHeartMarmiteToast Mon 11-Mar-19 21:30:03

Don't use liners. All that plastic waste! My slow cooker doesn't take much to.clean it's really a good non stick

MilkieBar Mon 11-Mar-19 22:24:16

Vegetarian sausage casserole - love this as it’s a dump n go. Chopped red onion, 6 frozen veggie sausages, tin of tomatoes, chickpeas or cannellini beans, garlic, mushrooms, pepper, spinach... whatever else you have lying around. Chuck it all in in the morning, don’t brown anything - always turns out amazing

Glitterbug76 Mon 11-Mar-19 22:26:10

Chilli using cubed beef
Pulled pork
Chicken curry

fattylawmaker Mon 11-Mar-19 22:28:19

Fab ideas on here smile

I’ve been stuck in a chilli/curry/stew rut with mine!

Lamb shanks are a favourite but going to try some of these ideas, especially the pulled pork.

CheerioHunter Mon 11-Mar-19 22:31:18

Stalking this post.

But (unoriginal) curries and chilli are regulars for us.

Blessingsdragon1 Mon 11-Mar-19 22:43:37


GreyBird84 Mon 11-Mar-19 23:07:36

Black bean
Chicken, vege & chicken soup - ideal with mash or as a pie filling

I don’t like mince in it, I find it goes mushy & a wierd texture.

LonelyandTiredandLow Mon 11-Mar-19 23:27:17

Soy/honey/ginger chicken (great with rice tossed with generous amounts of spring onions)

Boneless chicken thighs (you can sear or grill before serving if you like crispy skin). Bung in sc with 3 dessert spns of honey (6 thighs), cover with dark soy (appx 5 tablespoons), 4 garlic cloves crushed or generous amount of pureed garlic, squeeze of tomato puree (1 - 2 dessert spoons). Cook on low for 2-4 hours (check sauce levels before doing high as can burn but can be done in 1 hr if req'd). Extra yum factor can add dash of sesame oil or sesame seeds at end grin

Never thought of doing a lasagne in mine! Anyone have a good recipe?

TheLoverOfTea Mon 11-Mar-19 23:30:19

Chilli, curry

ArcheryAnnie Mon 11-Mar-19 23:34:25

Whole chicken - stuff it in there on a couple of chopped-up onions. At the end the meat falls off the bone,, so tender and juicy. You don't get as much crispy skin, though.

Rice pudding is AMAZING in the slow cooker.

Baked potatoes.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 11-Mar-19 23:35:36

Oh, and I don't wrap baked potatoes in foil before putting them in. It's unnecessary. Sweet potatoes are good in there, too.

Frazzledbutcalm Tue 12-Mar-19 09:21:37

I have a slow cooker and used it a bit. I makes soups, chilli, meat, etc.
I find things taste much more watery though ....
Meat is delicious though.

BUT, my question ... why is a slow coooker different to doing the same in an oven on slow? That’s what I usually do now and get equal or better results.

Mugglemom Tue 12-Mar-19 11:15:42

I do French dip subs in mine, beef brisket, and pork carnitas (for tacos!). Also chicken tacos, and a delicious sweet potato/chicken tagine (though it is technically a stew).

DrCoconut Tue 12-Mar-19 11:57:14

I had one and was unimpressed. Everything came out as bland over cooked slop. I must be doing something wrong.

onthenaughtystepagain Tue 12-Mar-19 12:00:05

Belly pork slices with apple, sage and cider, lush. Minted breast of lamb, when cooked pour the gunge into a jug with ice cubes and chill to remove the fat leaving a very tasty residue for a sauce.

JingsMahBucket Tue 12-Mar-19 12:21:16

Oooh ratatouille is a good idea @GreyBird84. Thank you.

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FATEdestiny Tue 12-Mar-19 12:40:17

Our dinner tomorrow is a gammon joint cooked in pineapple juice and ginger ale (half and half), on low for 6/8h in slow cooker.

why is a slow coooker different to doing the same in an oven on slow?

It's no different. I feel safer leaving a slow cooker plugged in to cook all day (including when no-one is in) than I would leaving the oven or hob on.

GinisLife Tue 12-Mar-19 12:45:20

Meat joints and whole chicken. 4-6 hours and it just falls apart. Perfect pulled meat

Rice pudding - I use a bottle of Tesco gold top milk and I think an ounce of pudding rice with a bit of sugar. Yum.

BBQ ribs. Fresh ribs and a bottle of good BBQ sauce.

I've got beef stew in in it right now though.

ZippyBungleandGeorge Tue 12-Mar-19 12:51:54

Pulled pork (use a can of ginger beer instead of water wth the spices etc), chicken paprikash - boneless chicken thighs, onions, lots of peppers, mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, chicken stock and a shedload of smoked paprika, curries, chilli

mastertomsmum Tue 12-Mar-19 13:11:10

All of them as slow cooker recipes are caseroles

Choctrufflelover Tue 12-Mar-19 13:56:43

Have a look at - lots of lovely recipes!

LynneJones Tue 12-Mar-19 14:19:29

Try Tex Mex Goulash, its yummy, heres the link

Lynne x

Blobby10 Tue 12-Mar-19 14:22:49

Has anyone tried making lasagne in their slow cooker? I saw a recipe online once but lost it and haven't had the courage to just do it!

I use mine to make steamed treacle sponge pudding - not so much now I haven't got husband and children at home as I don't particularly like it but it used to be a staple pud for Sunday lunch!

BarryTheKestrel Tue 12-Mar-19 14:29:13

Chilli, pulled pork, brisket, Bolognese, curry, lasagne, roast potatoes (yeah I didn't believe it was possible either but they come out so crispy!).

Cake, faux fudge (every family member got some for Christmas, they loved it), rice pudding, porridge.

I joined a few slow cooker groups on Facebook, some of the stuff they come up with is insane. Things you would never imagine cooking in a slow cooker but turn out amazing.

IHeartIona Tue 12-Mar-19 14:33:58

some great recipes on this site
i am trying that raspberry white chocolate cookie next!

TheQueef Tue 12-Mar-19 14:41:18

Sausage casserole.
Any sausages you have spare in the freezer and a tin of hotdogs.
Tin of chopped tomatoes and a carton of passata.
Two tins of bean salad.freezer
Lentils if you like em.
Onions, carrots, leeks or whatever veg needs using.
Chicken stock cube or pot, crushed garlic, chilli flakes to taste.
All in, eight hours.
Best with jackets and cheesy bread.

RosiePosies Tue 12-Mar-19 14:41:37

Coq au vin 🤤

Fry 6 chicken thigh fillets with some mushrooms and lardons till browned, add an onion and some garlic, 1/2 bottle of cheap wine (white or red), bit of stock, rosemary if you've got some in your garden. Cook for 6-8 hours and then when done reduce the sauce a bit on the hob. Serve with mash and greens.

SO GOOD. I'll probably do it with 8 thighs next time to get some leftovers.

AgentJohnson Tue 12-Mar-19 17:02:22

Pulled pork, ribs, spag bol, caramelised onions and curries. However, my sous vide stick is the new kid on the block and the slow cooker is currently the less favoured child.

WhatWouldTheDoctorDo Tue 12-Mar-19 20:35:30

Lots of the above and this Italian chicken one

Also macaroni cheese!

UnPocoLoco2 Fri 22-Mar-19 19:48:30

At the moment I really only use it to make slow cooker Butternut squash risotto . It's really the only slow cooker food I can say I truly like to eat.

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