I love my slow cooker & since finding this book I’ve discovered a range of slow cooker recipes I didn’t even think would work!
My slow cooker is mainly for casseroles and not much else. Primarily because I like the “everything-in-one-pot-leave-it-and-walk-away” principle most!
Then I found this Slow-Cook Recipe Collection book & it shook things up.
Who knew there were so many recipes?!
It was tucked away on a book stall in Gloucester Green market, Oxford, and I can’t stop reading it.
OK, I appreciate putting the Slow Cooker on in the morning needs lots of prep & organising but I think it’s worth it. Coming home to the smell of a deeply rich, read to eat casserole is, to me, really homely.
But there are only so many casseroles my family will can eat!
So the Little Shire’s are probably as grateful as I am that I found this book of alternative slow cooker recipes. It also has slow cooked food ideas for an oven. The Slow roasted tomato & blue cheese bruschetta is gorgeous & with similar leave-and-let-cook principles to using a slow cooker!
Here are five of my favourite alternative slow cooker recipes so far
who knew making stock could be so easy. Add onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, leeks (fennel – optional) to 1.5 litres of water & let it simmer. 2 hours later you have beautiful stock which can be frozen in pots or freezer bags. Use directly from the freezer in any future recipe
2 Pot roast Chicken
If you have a large slow cooker you can roast a full chicken. Brown it first in a non-stick frying pan, then transfer to a slow cooker. In the original frying pan simmer & reduce 175ml white wine for 2-3 mins before pouring over the chicken. Add veggies – turnips, fennel, carrots & season. Cover and cook for 3 hours. If you want to add other, soft veggies such as courgettes or broad beans do this half an hour to go to. Serve
the slow cooker makes a great rice cooker. Lightly grease the slow cooker pot – I use coconut oil – and add in the rice and cold water. The rule is twice as much water to rice, so 1 cup rice = 2 cups water. Cook on high for 2 hours. I’ve had fluffy, non-burnt rice every time
Er, really?! I haven’t tried this one (yet!) but it looks really easy & needs minimal kneading.
Add 500g bread flour, salt & yeast into a bowl. Make a well & pour in teaspoon of olive oil & 350ml warm water until it all comes together (add more water drip by drip if needs be). Turn onto a slightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins. Line the slow cooker with greaseproof paper. Shape the dough and carefully lift into the slow cooker. Cook for 2 hours. If the bread’s too pale after cooking, bake for 10 mins in a conventional oven. This should make the house smell gorgeous!
Bread recipe. I never knew!
5 Smoked Haddock Chowder
I hadn’t thought about cooking fish in my slow cooker before, but it makes sense (once you think about it!) Soften a handful of shallots & garlic in a traditional frying pan. Transfer to a slow cooker, add carrots, new potatoes & thyme and water and cook for approx 4-5 hours until everything is tender. Add milk & arrange Haddock on the top. Cook for 40 minutes.
Flake the haddock & spoon over the chowder and some fresh parsley before serving.
There are ideas for making beef curry, porridge & fruit compot in the slow cooker in this book. Who knew there were so many alternative slow cooker recipes available?
Disclaimer: I write this post about this book because I love it. I purchased this book with my own money. This is an honest and open review.
I haven’t managed to locate the same book online, but for similar slow cook ideas visit HomeMade By You – a online magazine from Sainsbury’s retailer and Huffington Post
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.