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got my slow cooker, now what do I cook in it?

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ditavonteesed Wed 12-Dec-12 18:27:37

cant believe I have to wait until tommorow to use it. options are sausage casserole or lemon chicken. then on friday the otehr of these or ham and cherry coke. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

halfthesize Wed 12-Dec-12 18:33:01

I brought one about 2 years ago and have never looked back, I cook everything in it from casseroles to curry, chilli. I experiment all the time, hope you love yours as much as I love mine.grin

In this weather it would be sausage casserole for mewink

ditavonteesed Wed 12-Dec-12 18:35:53

do you have to brown the sausages firrst?

LittleAbruzzenBear Wed 12-Dec-12 18:40:12

I cook loads of things in mine too; sausage casserole, chilli, curry, lamb with lemon, garlic, anchovies and white wine, beef in red wine, macaroni cheese.... I also cook my mince, gravy and veg for a shepherds pie in the slow cooker first then put it in a baking dish after with the mash. It stops the mince from being squeaky IYSWIM. With sausages it's just down to preference with browning them.

rednosedreindeerinthegarden Wed 12-Dec-12 18:42:11

any veggie dishes anyone know of?

ditavonteesed Wed 12-Dec-12 18:44:39

ooo they sound like nice dishes. by the new year I am hoping to do three dishes a week in it (how many days I will be working)

pregnantpause Wed 12-Dec-12 18:52:20

I've done the BBC Veggie sweet potato and spinach dhal in mine today- its beautiful- no Browning no fuss and delicious six hours later, although I needed more spice added its perfect for dc and I can add extra cayenne to minegrin
I add water by eye though, just to cover, as following recipe would leave it too watery.

pregnantpause Wed 12-Dec-12 18:53:36

minestrone is also nice, just add pasta to slow cooker when you get home, thirty mins later dinner is done.

LittleAbruzzenBear Wed 12-Dec-12 18:59:03

That dahl sounds lovely pregnant

twinklesparkles Wed 12-Dec-12 19:28:49

Sausage casserole smile don't forget to do dumplings too smile

Bakingnovice Wed 12-Dec-12 22:15:04

How do you make macaroni cheese in a slow cooker? Do you have to cook Pasta first??

sashh Thu 13-Dec-12 06:18:12

You don't need to fry or brown anything first.

Get a piece of lamb, a shoulder (or half) just put the meat in, switch on and leave - you will never cook lamb in an oven again.

ditavonteesed Thu 13-Dec-12 08:05:55

sausage casserole is in, dinner done at 8am, got to love that.

halfthesize Thu 13-Dec-12 08:21:27

Am just about to do a sausage casserole toowink I brown my sausages off but its a personal choice really.

Hope you enjoy it tonightsmile

pregnant the Veggie sweet potato and spinach dhal sounds fab, just looking for link x

ditavonteesed Thu 13-Dec-12 08:27:17

I did brown them in frying pan as its quicker. looks weird but I am very excited to try it.

halfthesize Thu 13-Dec-12 12:21:59

Im sure it will be lovely dita smile

bigbadbarry Thu 13-Dec-12 12:23:34

Lamb with lemon sounds interesting, can you share the recipe?

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 15:11:27

Hi bigbad. I usually use shoulder of lamb. I pop it in the slow cooker, add the juice of 1 lemon, 1 glass of medium-dry white wine, 4 whole garlic cloves, a sprig of rosemary and then lay the (tinned) anchovies over the top of the lamb. It is delicious.

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 15:18:42

Oh and meant to add for BakingNovice, the mac cheese. Throw a whole packet of uncooked macaroni pasta in the slow cooker, 150g of melted butter, 2 beaten eggs, 2 pints of skimmed or whole milk, 200-250g grated cheddar, 1tsp of paprika and pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 4 hours.

ditavonteesed Thu 13-Dec-12 15:54:03

I would have been so up for the mac and cheese last week, we had it sat night for the first time in ages, it was lovely, then dd2 threw it up all over her bed at 11.30 at night, gone right off the stuff now.
Casserole is smelling gorgeous.

ditavonteesed Thu 13-Dec-12 17:52:07

that was delicious

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 18:05:43

Oh Dita, nothing like it for putting you off a dish for life. I can't eat salami any more.

rednosedreindeerinthegarden Fri 14-Dec-12 07:17:36

pregnant i was trying to look for that recipe, and i can't find it!do you know where i can look, please? ii'm really keen to try it!

YouCanCallMeBetty Fri 14-Dec-12 12:38:36

Pulled pork is great.

ditavonteesed Fri 14-Dec-12 19:02:11

did lemon chicken today, chicken pieces, cut up lemon, honey and orange juice, semlt n ice, was probably the worst tasting thing i have ever put in my mouth. <boak>

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