A slow cooker, also called a crock pot, is a self-heating ceramic stewing pot similar to a rice cooker. All you do is add your ingredients, set it and forget it, making the slow cooker a useful ally in the kitchen. It’s great for making stews and soups, but you can do a whole lot more with them if you’re just a little creative. Slow cooker recipes are great to make in bulk too, which we love for Meal Prep Sunday, and they save you time by taking care of the cooking for you. To help you make use of your slow cooker and discover the art of slow cooking, we’ve put together our top 10 best slow cooker recipes to show you just how versatile it can be!
Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic and easy to make in a slow cooker. These meatballs are moist and delicious and don’t lose any of their flavour or juiciness, since they’re essentially stewing in tomato sauce. The best part is you don’t have to worry about splatter or burnt bottoms thanks to the crock pot.
These tasty morsels are also a great cocktail recipe, since you can prepare them in the morning and have them ready by the time your guests arrive, having only spent a whopping twenty minutes actually cooking! Leftovers are also great for meatball sandwiches.
How about some exotic flavours? This curry is savoury and hearty and packed with fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s hard to believe something this yummy is actually so healthy! Part of the goodness comes from the cut of chicken used. Thighs, which have dark meat, are actually incredibly flavourful and when stewed give a full meaty flavour to a dish. Yum!
Roasts are easy as can be with a slow cooker. Add your protein, your liquids, set it, and let your meat soak in all that goodness. This ham roast is an excellent dish for entertaining, whether it’s for the holidays or just a dinner party. It’s sweet, savoury and sophisticated, with unexpected flavours, and there’s no worry of it coming out dry or overdone.