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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.

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.

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

Lots of the above and this Italian chicken one https://therecipecritic.com/slow-cooker-italian-chicken-potatoes/

Also macaroni cheese!

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.

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.

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.

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

some great recipes on this site bakingqueen74.co.uk/category/slow-cooker-2/
i am trying that raspberry white chocolate cookie next!

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.

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!

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

Try Tex Mex Goulash, its yummy, heres the link

www.mrfood.com/Beef/Tex-MexGoulash

Lynne x

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

Have a look at www.theorganisedmum.blog/category/family-friendly-recipes/slow-cooker/ - lots of lovely recipes!

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

All of them as slow cooker recipes are caseroles

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

Chilli, curry

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?

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

Curry
Ratatouille
Black bean
Gammon
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.

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