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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

pregnantpause Sat 15-Dec-12 19:09:36

BBC good food website have the dhal- I cant link I'm on phone. It isn't and actual slow cooker recipe, I just did it in the slow cookerwink , if you search sweet potato dhal in goodfood website it comes up.

Another nice slow cooker dish is pork belly and chorizo stew- BBC goodfood again. its delicious.

and noone has suggested rice pudding yet! yuk yum in slowcookergrin

ditavonteesed Sat 15-Dec-12 20:12:54

I can seeme getting fatter than I am already, the saving grace being that you have to wait all day for the food.

JustOneMoreCoffee Sun 16-Dec-12 09:01:18

These recipes sound so lovely. My slow cooker has been used twice, both times were abit of a disaster as I ended up spending so much time trying to salvage a watery tasteless meal I may as well have spent the time cooking something on the hob. Really want to try ham in coke in the slow cooker, any tips would be very much appreciated!

dreamingofsun Sun 16-Dec-12 09:39:19

justone - you are adding too much water. try curry - just add a tin of toms, the stock cube/pot and no water. all the other things like meat, curry paste/powder, chutney, onion, apple, leftover veg. this will give you a view of what it should look like at the start - you will think its very dry. you can do the same with a bolognese recipe - use your normal one just don't add the liquid.

yawningmonster Sun 16-Dec-12 10:08:12

I love my slow cooker, I think I actually need two as during the winter it is used every night...
Baked Potatoes
you name it, I have prob tried it in slow cooker...

dreamingofsun Sun 16-Dec-12 10:09:52

yawn - what is 'chook'? I'm looking for some new ideas as i'm getting a bit bored

yawningmonster Sun 16-Dec-12 10:20:19

sorry I am a kiwi, chook is chicken

CJCreggnog Sun 16-Dec-12 10:25:33

Marking place smile

I have used my slow cooker three times. Still not confident, in need of recipes and inspiration ...

JustOneMoreCoffee Sun 16-Dec-12 10:33:11

Ahhh thanks dreaming! I thought it would all thicken up as it was cooking so long. I will definitely try a curry in the week smile

SkivingAgain Sun 16-Dec-12 11:02:07

Lovely curry recipe - chopped onion, chilli, ginger and garlic into slow cooker with a little oil. Mix in 2 tablespoons of tikka masalla paste and a tin of coconut milk. Add chicken (we favour filleted and skinned thighs).

SkivingAgain Sun 16-Dec-12 11:03:02

How do you do jacket potatoes?

ShrekTh3Halls Sun 16-Dec-12 11:08:12

curry grin

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 16-Dec-12 11:59:30

I'm trying oxtail stew in mine today. Haven't got a recipe cos I've just decided to wing it:
Brown oxtail chunks. Put in slow cooker
Chuck in loads of carrots, leek, onion, celery, beer and bay leaf.
Leave to cook.

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:23:21

Chop an onion into large chunks, put on bottom of the slow cooker. Rub some spices of your choice (I use a mixture of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper, or there are Schwartz spice mixes you can buy) all over a whole chicken, then put it on top of the onions (breast side down). Switch on and cook for 6 hours. Simple but delicious!

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:25:14

Chicken, chorizo and butter bean stew:

6 chicken thighs, bone in, whole
1 chorizo ring chopped into thick slices
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin butter beans, drained
1 red onion, chopped
1 chicken stock cube crumbled

Cook on high for about 4 hours

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:28:24


2 chopped onions
2 packs of lean mince
2 tins drained kidney beans
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 crumbled beef stock cube
Some dried basil, thyme, chilli powder, garlic, salt and pepper

Cook on Low for about 8 hours.

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:30:29

Love the sound of the macaroni cheese - will try that.

The problem I have is a lot of recipes say cook for 4 hours but I need things that I can leave for 8 hours ideally. I know I could use a timer to switch it on, but I'm worried about leaving raw meat sitting at room temperature for over 4 hours before then cooking it at a very low temperature. Surely this isn't safe?

dreamingofsun Sun 16-Dec-12 13:38:36

fairy - have you tried cooking it on low for 8 hours instead of high? or you could do during the evening and reheat the next day.

ScatterGotStuckUpTheChimney Sun 16-Dec-12 13:40:31

Lots of the casserole-type things I've done have been four on high, but 8-10 on low. I think it just depends his quickly you need it (I wink

ScatterGotStuckUpTheChimney Sun 16-Dec-12 13:47:38

Sorry-learning how to use the app!

Goulash- brown steak with flour and paprika. Add a beef stock cube made up in as little water as possible and bring to boil. Put in slow cooler along with chopped onions carrot and potato. Add a bay leaf and in of tomatoes (chopped). Cook on low for 8 hours (or start on high then turn down). Serve with sour cream if you like.

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 14:00:23

dreamingofsun - no, I haven't tried that as most of those types if dishes seem to be for chicken and I didn't want to risk really dry chicken. Maybe I'll give it a go! Or do what you suggest, be a bit more organised and cook it the night before!

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 14:02:05

For example, that mac cheese recipe says 4 hours (doesn't specify high or low) - I don't think that would take 8 hours to cook?

Mollydoggerson Sun 16-Dec-12 14:04:00

Probably been mentioned, but a full chicken is delish, the meat is so so soft, it's like butter.

Notmadeofrib Sun 16-Dec-12 14:41:29

Is there no liquid for the whole chicken? I always think of casserole and the like in a slow cooker. Mine also is a big 6.5l model.

notapizzaeater Sun 16-Dec-12 14:46:51

I don't add water to a whole chicken and it comes out lovely and moist - I freeze any liquid and use for stock next time. Sometimes I sprinkle a chicken oxo cube on top.

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