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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.

howwillwedeal Mon 11-Mar-19 14:08:24

Shamelessly place marking!

granhands1 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:09:46

Joints of meat (pork and lamb are especially good), curry.

paw1977 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:10:03

I have done Bolognse. Also I do beef /pork joints , and also slowed cooked chicken. Delicious .

WhatwouldRuthdo Mon 11-Mar-19 14:10:27

Curry, chilli, gammon in cider, shredded beef. Big slow cooker fan here.

Spanielmadness Mon 11-Mar-19 14:11:01

You can make cakes - a syrupy sauce is created with each cake - it works well

ScatteredMama82 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:11:14

Curry, chilli

Yesicancancan Mon 11-Mar-19 14:11:52

Yep to all of the above.

budgiegirl Mon 11-Mar-19 14:12:12

Pork belly slices , slow cooked then finished in oven to crisp up the edges - really lovely.

BaronessBomburst Mon 11-Mar-19 14:12:45

A joint of lamb.
Season, stud with garlic and rosemary, brown in a frying pan, then about 7 hours on low.

jaseyraex Mon 11-Mar-19 14:13:28

Sticky toffee pudding in the slow cooker is divine!

TheFlis12345 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:13:32

Ribs, chilli, casseroles.

MyKingdomForACaramel Mon 11-Mar-19 14:14:04

Cakes!! Ooh how does that work?

Spiderbanana Mon 11-Mar-19 14:14:52

Baked potatoes.

FATEdestiny Mon 11-Mar-19 14:15:10

BBQ chicken - peppers, passata, worstershire sauce, dark soy sauce, stock, chicken breasts. Shred chicken about half hour before serving and stir spinach into mixture.

Lamb and Lentil - tinned tomatoes, chopped sweet potatoes, carrots, red lentils and pre-browned lamb (or left over from roasting joint)

Calic0 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:15:12

Joints such as lamb shoulder are lovely in the slow cooker - and I’ve done pulled pork in there as well which worked really nicely. We always slow cook out gammon joint at a Christmas and then briefly finish it off with a glaze in a very hot oven.

redannie118 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:15:39

Bolognaise, gammon joints, chicken fajitas, chicken pie( just cook the puff pastry in the oven) steak pie ditto, bbq pulled pork, sausages, mashed potato or any root mash.

MindatWork Mon 11-Mar-19 14:15:50

Pulled pork! Buy a shoulder joint, marinate overnight in the fridge with one of those bbq rub sachets. Seal the joint in a hot pan and put in slow cooker for 8 hours on low. Peel off the big layer of fat, shred the pork with 2 forks and serve with brioche buns, coleslaw and lots of bbq sauce 😍😍😍

cookiemonster3 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:16:11

Bbq spare ribs
Whole chicken
Beef joints
Rice pudding

dreichuplands Mon 11-Mar-19 14:16:13

Apple butter, dulce de leche.

nonevernotever Mon 11-Mar-19 14:16:22

Lentil soup

HeartZone Mon 11-Mar-19 14:18:56

Salmon risotto with cucumber
Fish pie

Ratbagratty Mon 11-Mar-19 14:18:58

There are some risotto recipesc for a slow cooker too. I do a pork and rosemary one, looks like grey goop but it's really yummy!

SpoonBlender Mon 11-Mar-19 14:19:48

Soups (including thai/chinese types). Curries come out wonderfully. Bolognese. Pork shoulder (for pulled). Chilli, beefy/porky/veggie. And a lot of classic stew.

Oysterbabe Mon 11-Mar-19 14:20:52

I only use mine for stew and pork. I haven't enjoyed most recipes I've tried tbh.

Troels Mon 11-Mar-19 14:22:37

Baked potatoes
Braising steak.

justmyview Mon 11-Mar-19 14:22:56


UbbesPonytail Mon 11-Mar-19 14:23:30

Curry, chilli, porridge, I use it to ‘roast’ joints as there’s never enough room in the oven, and occasionally bread.

Burlea Mon 11-Mar-19 14:23:39

Got a lovely chicken curry in mine at the moment.

GreenFingersWouldBeHandy Mon 11-Mar-19 14:24:57

Shamelessly place marking too.

I bought a slow-cooker a year ago and have used it ONCE. Shame on me. Some lovely ideas on here.

trebless Mon 11-Mar-19 14:25:40

I've got a chicken korma cooking in mine at the minute.

Ispywithmycynicaleye Mon 11-Mar-19 14:27:13

I made a leg of lamb with mint herb infused gravy in my slow cooker yesterday.
I also make roast gammon, pork, beef and chicken as the meat comes out so tender and juicy!
I did stop roasting my meat with the veg as I was finding my roasts ended up tasting like carrots and onions and lost the meaty taste. I am open to advice on how to prevent this when cooking with the veg grin

trebless Mon 11-Mar-19 14:27:10

How long do you put jacket potatoes in for? Never thought of doing that

Crabbyandproudofit Mon 11-Mar-19 14:27:25


notsmartenough Mon 11-Mar-19 14:27:46

My slow cooker is still in the box but I bought it because I'd seen a lot of lovely looking fudge recipes online.
And apparently you can make bread in it too!

I must unpack it soon.

trickofthetail1 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:30:38

Chutney works well in the slow cooker, there are lots of recipes on line'

amilosingitor Mon 11-Mar-19 14:33:40

I do chicken chasseur, that's about it!

bluetit101 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:33:45

Curries, spag bol, chilli, pulled pork, joint of meat, whole chicken, jacket potatoes...

zhivagodr Mon 11-Mar-19 14:36:22

Everything!! My favourites are curries, pulled pork and beef stews

vampirethriller Mon 11-Mar-19 14:36:43

Whole chicken
Curried goat
Jacket potatoes (pierce, wrap in foil, no water in slow cooker)

Witchesandwizards Mon 11-Mar-19 14:40:33

Fab for mulled wine - keeps it warm without boiling off the alcohol.

And mine has paid for itself with chicken (or veg) stock. I hate using cubes for the kid's chicken ramen and fresh is so expensive, so I make litres in the slow cooker and freeze it.

Pulled pork is amazing.

Occasionally whole chickens and then brown them off in the oven for 15 mins.

RedForShort Mon 11-Mar-19 14:41:52

Chilli (chuncky type - dont like how mincemeat turns out in the slowcooker). Pot roast.
Any vegetarian dish that involves cooking aubergine.

How do you do jacket spuds? (As in prepare the potato) What sort of skin does it create?

iklboo Mon 11-Mar-19 14:43:23

Peanut butter chicken
Mulled cider grin

ashvivienne Mon 11-Mar-19 14:43:26

Fajitas - chicken, tin chopped tomatoes, red onion and peppers with fajita seasoning. Have it in wraps or with pasta.
Pulled pork just pork shoulder and bbq sauce
Bolognese, chilli, chicken and passatta with basil and Italian seasoning topped with mozzarella and in the oven to melt the cheese.

OftenHangry Mon 11-Mar-19 14:45:25

Duck. And then just crisp it up in the oven. Heavenly!
And you are left with plenty of duck fat. Pop it in a freezer and you have instant flavouring

barbiegrl Mon 11-Mar-19 14:46:42

Whole chicken-or really easy chicken and potatoes which is my go to-cut up the potatoes and place in the slow cooker, add some salt if you like-then cover with pieces of chicken (I usually chuck in chicken thighs with bones in) and on high for 4 hours or low for 7. I do it at least once a week when I have to run around in the afternoon and serve it for dinner with salad-easy roast and good home cooked meal instead of grabbing a takeaway on the way home at the end of the day!

MisterT373 Mon 11-Mar-19 14:57:32

I've got a crockpot and I've done apple and pear crumble once and coconut chicken four times.

GreenFingersWouldBeHandy Mon 11-Mar-19 15:02:04

@barbiegrl do you put any oil or sauce in with the chicken and potatoes? I might have to try this!

BingLiveisRubbish Mon 11-Mar-19 15:04:56

Braising Steak

Slice onions thickly, add 2 OXO cubes/stock pot.

Coat Braising Steak in flour then put into dry frying pan that's been on a high heat for a few seconds. Seal each side of each Steak then place into Slow Cooker on top of onions.

Add boiling water to just above the Steaks, making sure they're well covered. .

Add generous glug of Henderson's Relish/Worcestershire Sauce, tiny drop of Balsamic vinegar, Garlic, Salt & pepper, Pinch or two of Sage & any other flavouring you're keen on.

Leave on high for at least 5 hours or on low overnight. (I find overnight is best if done late on a Saturday night for instance. You wake up on a Sunday to the most beautiful aroma!)

Then thicken as you would a Stew (personally I just use either Bisto Gravy Powder or just some granules bashed up with a spoonful of warm water then pour in!) (I know - cheating but 🤷🏼‍♀️ it works!)
Then leave on high for a further 40 mins - 1 hour.


TanselleTooTall Mon 11-Mar-19 15:06:38

Recipes people, please!!


BingLiveisRubbish Mon 11-Mar-19 15:07:50

Oh and add extra OXO/Beef stock if more than a small portion. 1 Cube per person usually works out well.

Mustbetimeforachange Mon 11-Mar-19 15:09:52

I made porridge in mine & it was the most disgusting thing ever - burnt and with a horrid texture. What did I do wrong?
I do: bolognaise, but make it is a pan first otherwise it is gritty, a whole chicken, gammon joint, stock and that's about it! Oh, I made a nice Lancashire hot pot recently.

Jamiefraserskilt Mon 11-Mar-19 15:10:53

There is an excellent book on Amazon called dump meals for slow cookers. easy, tasty and not stew.

Omzlas Mon 11-Mar-19 15:11:08

Joint of beef - lob it in with half an onion and leave it for 7 hours. Pulled beef.... lush! Would also work for pork I think

Curry too but cook your tomatoes though first or they'll make it watery

Penguincake Mon 11-Mar-19 15:11:54

YABVU this is the wrong thread for this.

MereDintofPandiculation Mon 11-Mar-19 15:13:11

Chocolate cake with pears.

DH did a decent slow roast of gammon with orange and honey sauce at the weekend.

Justgivemesomepeace Mon 11-Mar-19 15:13:29

Gammon, chilli, spag bol, curries, chicken casserole, pork steaks, braising steak, anything really. I love mine.

lavenderbluedilly Mon 11-Mar-19 15:14:52

Rice pudding
Mulled wine

Wherearemymarbles Mon 11-Mar-19 15:17:09

Fantastic at making stock.
Pheasant o vin (instead of chicken)

I found chicken becomes stringy and mince goes grainy so only really use for stew type dishes

SilverySurfer Mon 11-Mar-19 15:24:35

I've found everything I've tried in a slow cooker is inedible so use it to make scented candles now, for which it's perfect.

MsMightyTitanAndHerTroubadours Mon 11-Mar-19 15:26:38

they are all making fudge, cooked breakfasts and bread on the fb group i fell into

even fish fingers on one memorable occasion. hmm

UnaOfStormhold Mon 11-Mar-19 15:31:39

Mustbetime Porridge needs to be done in a second pot over water.

Cornbread and dal are good in the slow cooker (though I confess I only use my instant pot these days). Slow Cooked by Miss South has some lovely and very varied recipes - her pomegranate and fig relish is delicious.

BlooperReel Mon 11-Mar-19 15:33:47

I've done curry, chilli, soups, hot chocolate, a joint of beef. All came out brilliantly.

BlooperReel Mon 11-Mar-19 15:34:27

Oooh also braised red cabbage at Christmas, very successful

OpiesOldLady Mon 11-Mar-19 15:35:45

If any of you are on Facebook, then you really need to join a group called Slow Cooked Wonders. There's a recipe file that has nearly 900 recipes in it and you'll get loads of hints and tips.

Babysharkdoodoodoodo Mon 11-Mar-19 15:38:10

This is what I'm doing tonight

TomorrowIsFree Mon 11-Mar-19 15:39:45

This book is great

Dixiechickonhols Mon 11-Mar-19 15:42:47

Cottage pie in mine now.

Mustbetimeforachange Mon 11-Mar-19 15:44:41

Una I put it in a second pot, but no water. Do you do it over night? Presumably otherwise there's no point. I'll try again.

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 11-Mar-19 15:45:39

Whole chicken
Veggie curry
The bbc website can be searched for slow cooker recipes too.

barbiegrl Mon 11-Mar-19 15:50:33

@GreenFingersWouldBeHandy nope just as I wrote-chick it all in and forget about it- the chicken releases all its juices and is yummy smile and sooooo easy

GreenFingersWouldBeHandy Mon 11-Mar-19 15:51:56

Thanks @barbiegrl I'm definitely trying this one!!!

MyKingdomForACaramel Mon 11-Mar-19 15:52:58

Whole chicken?! Does the skin still crisp?

JPduck Mon 11-Mar-19 15:54:33

Pulled pork
Sausage casserole

Pinkbells Mon 11-Mar-19 15:57:22

Half leg of lamb in red wine, stock and rosemary and garlic, gammon (which you can glaze for half hour later in the oven), Bolognese, chilli, ragu. Steaks in red wine and shallots. Seven hour lamb.

Letty7 Mon 11-Mar-19 15:59:49

This thread has inspired me to dig my slow cooker out from the back of the cupboard. But unlike you, I'm now really craving a nice stew! Anyone care to share their favourite stew recipe?

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 11-Mar-19 16:03:14

@MyKingdomForACaramel the skin doesn't crisp but you can put in the oven for the last 20 if you like. I add some carrots, onion, mushroom, herbs and chicken stock to about 1/3 hight of the chicken then leave it for 4-6 hours depending in how much I want the meat to fall off the chicken. I only do small chickens as there only 2 eating chicken.

RedWineAllMine Mon 11-Mar-19 16:06:44

Everything! Raw meats (Chicken etc) Sausages for sausage casserole, mince - chilli con carne & Bolognese. Potatoes. Ok so not everything, but stuff that saves you the faff when cooking on hob etc from fresh.

AmIRightOrAMeringue Mon 11-Mar-19 16:08:30

Brisket is good

Also bung in chicken thighs and shred for nice soft chicken for sandwiches and wraps

I do find everything tastes a bit 'slow cooker'ish though.

I think you can do nice rice things where the meat cooks and makes a nice gray that gets absorbed by the rice, but haven't got round to that yet

Fiveredbricks Mon 11-Mar-19 16:09:27

Pulled pork or chicken. Porridge overnight. Upside down cakes. Whole chickens and then make stock with the bones, and soups with the rest. Baked apples or pears are amazing in it. You can make pie fillings, soups, sooo much. I still prefer my instant pot though. I cook everything in it.

happyhillock Mon 11-Mar-19 16:18:35

Have chilli in mine at the moment, have done roast's, chicken and beef casseroles, soups, curries and gammon, wouldnt be without mine

Grumpbum123 Mon 11-Mar-19 16:22:55

Get some slow cooker liners leaves the washing up

DarlingNikita Mon 11-Mar-19 16:24:53

iklboo, how do you make peanut butter chicken?

Sallycinammonbangsthedruminthe Mon 11-Mar-19 16:27:50

This thread is a revelation to me...I have only ever made a foul watery stew in mine! and a passable chicken curry...please keep the tips and how tos going! My husband will appreciate your advice as he is getting fed up with my efforts!

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 11-Mar-19 16:32:01

@Sallycinammonbangsthedruminthe try this, it is wonderfully tasty

UnaOfStormhold Mon 11-Mar-19 16:32:10

Mustbetime this is the recipe I started with.

GreenOliveOrBlackOlive Mon 11-Mar-19 16:36:58

I’ve always been nervous of doing a whole chicken in the SC in case it doesn’t cook properly.

Do you put extra liquid in with it? And for how long ? Can someone please advise what to do? Thanks smile

Zacjosh Mon 11-Mar-19 16:39:32

Chicken, on a bed of onions, the resulting onion gravy is amazing, liver and onion, any kind of soup, spare ribs

Reaa Mon 11-Mar-19 16:42:36

I made an amazing rice pudding, I used vanilla milk and cooked it for around 5 hours.

Reaa Mon 11-Mar-19 16:43:15

Jacket Potatoes

How? that would be so much easier

TheVanguardSix Mon 11-Mar-19 16:43:52

Lamb shoulder slow cooked for 6-8 hours on low in a bit of stock, red onion, garlic. Then about an hour short of ready, I add a jar of Al Fez apricot and coriander tagine sauce and a tin of chick peas with chopped fresh coriander. Serve it up with cous cous. Heaven!

WildFlower2019 Mon 11-Mar-19 16:44:00

Cauliflower cheese soup
Veg lasagne
Fish pie

WildFlower2019 Mon 11-Mar-19 16:44:15

Lemon chicken

TheVanguardSix Mon 11-Mar-19 16:44:57

Sorry. Lamb shank! Obviously debone and remove the excess fat.

TwinkleTee Mon 11-Mar-19 16:45:33

pulled pork
and mulled cider grin

CatG85 Mon 11-Mar-19 16:46:08

Curries - amazing in the slow cooker.
Meat - gammon in cider is lovely.
You can get some great books with all recipes.

Reaa Mon 11-Mar-19 16:53:16

Why have a never thought of doing a soup in the slow cooker!

TriciaH87 Mon 11-Mar-19 16:54:48

Curry chilli Bolognaise my cousin has made cakes in hers too.

redbananas Mon 11-Mar-19 16:59:24

Whole chicken and beef joints for Sunday roast, pulled pork, bolognaise, chilli con carne, ham at Christmas, mincemeat for mince pies.

CaptainCallisto Mon 11-Mar-19 17:02:18

I've got sweet and sour chicken in mine at the moment. It smells soooo good!

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