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Slow Cooker Challenge – A Recipe Linky

Being a grown-up at Christmas is tough. People ask you what you want and you have to trawl through your tinsel-addled brain to think of something that’s not too expensive or that you haven’t already gone out and bought for yourself. This year, my aunt must have had her genius hat on, because she bought Husband and I a slow cooker, which is something I’ve wanted for yonks but just haven’t got around to buying yet.

Ooh, ahh, shiny slow-cookery goodness. (That reminds me, I must clean my hob…)

But, herein lies the rub; I have no frigging idea of what to cook in a slow cooker. I’ll probably try my Lamb StewΒ in it at some point, but I have it on good authority that there’s whole world of slow-cooked goodness that can be executed in one of these babies and I want to broaden our culinary horizons. Sure, I can look recipes up on the ‘net, but I want tried-and-tested, home cooked concoctions so I thought I’d turn to my readers.

I’ve hooked this post up with a little linky, so if you want to blog a recipe and link up, that would be super awesome, or if you don’t blog you can leave a comment below. There’s no prize, no weekly entry, just a one-off, good ol’ fashioned recipe swap to help me and my family take full advantage of our new kitchen gadget. I’ll be blogging my own attempts at your recipes and giving lots of link-love, so get involved and I’ll make sure you get all the credit! It’s a nice, chilled out, food related chance to blog – who doesn’t love that at Christmas?

I hope everyone is prepared, relaxed and looking forward to a great Christmas. Lots of love to you all from me, Husband, Sausage, Chuck and Happy.


6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Challenge – A Recipe Linky

  1. glad you like the slow cooker, It’s best to heat it for 10 mins before
    adding food, put veg in the bottom because they take longer to cook than meat,add your meat on top and then gravy, or colmans sauces are good, I usually buy two packs to fill the pot, also if you add some tomato puree to the sauce it thickens it. Hope this is of some help.

  2. You can put anything in a slow cooker! Just be careful with the timing. They cook much hotter and much faster than they used to. Most soups or stews are ok to leave for a long time, but if you are making something like a pot roast or pork loin be careful. I made a london broil in mine last night, and unfortunately it was really dry. I had it in for only 4 hours on low. Some people recommend just cooking it on warm, if you have that as an option on yours. I cooked a pork loin in mine on Sunday. Again, the flavor was good but it was overdone. Here’s the recipe, but again just mind the time with it and if you have a meat thermometer, I would just go by that instead of the time…

    1 (3 lb) Boneless pork roast
    1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
    3/4 cup soy sauce
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons ground mustard.

    Cut roast in half; place in a 5 qt slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160-170 F. Remove roast to a serving platter and keep warm. If desired, skim fat from pan juices and thicken for gravy.

    Slow Cooker Italian Tortellini Stew.

    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2 medium zucchini, halved, cut into 1 inch slices
    2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans ready to serve vegetable or chicken broth
    1 (28 oz) can crushed or diced tomatoes, undrained
    1 (15.5 oz) can great norther beans, drained, rinsed
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
    1 (8 oz) pkg. uncooked dry cheese-filled tortellini

    In 4 o 6 quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients except basil and tortellini; mix well.

    Cover; cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours.

    About 20 minutes before serving, stir basil and tortellini into stew. Increase heat setting to high; cover and cook and additional 20 minutes or until tortellini are tender.

    Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

    3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
    2 medium stals celery, sliced (1 cup)
    1 large carrot, chopped (3/4 cup)
    1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
    1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
    1 3/4 cups chicken broth
    1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
    2 cups frozen sweet peas, thawed
    1 cup frozen home-style egg noodles

    Spray 10 inch skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Cook chicken in skillet about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until brown.

    In 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker, mix chicken and remaining ingredients except peas and noodles.

    Cover, cook on low 6 1/2 to 7 hours.

    Stir in peas and noodles. Increase heat setting to high. Cover; cook about 30 minutes or until noodles are tender.

    Hope these recipes help. Also, we have these McCormick brand spice packets here with recipes on them and there are some for slow cookers. If you have something like that in your grocery store, check them out. They are really good. πŸ™‚

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