Slow Cooker Recipes: Ten easy ideas to keep you warm this weekend

I am in love with my slow cooker, IN LOVE I tell you. Two things I like about it: 1) I can chuck a load of food in it early in the day and then later on, post glass of wine have dinner waiting for me with no effort 2) it makes me both look and sound like some kind of domestic goddess who plans things in advance. This is exactly the kind of myth I like to encourage!

Seeing as it’s so cold outside still I thought I’d pull together ten great slow cooker recipes you could do this weekend, saving you some time to chill out with the shiraz.

Sausage Casserole

This fabulous recipe came from my friend Jodie and has universal love from everyone who’s tried it. You can do it in a casserole dish in the oven, but I like to pop it in my slow cooker about mid-day so I don’t have to think anymore about cooking once lunchtime is over!

Italian Vegetable Bake

I hate the cold weather so this lovely looking dish from the BBC’s Good Food site sounds like a surefire winner for helping me to start focusing on more cheery things like summer holidays.

Bronco Stew

A mastermind from The Husband, the olives in this really help it to feel like a grown up meal. Yummy!

Sort of Summery Meatballs

This brilliant recipe was donated to the collection for Save the Children that I’m still plugging away on by the very super Recipe Junkie. Lemon with the meat really lifts this. Not only is this gorgeous, the toddler loves it too – win!

Slow Cooked Ribs

Jen who writes Jen’s Place is one of my cooking crushes. These slow cooked ribs look delicious and way less hassle than having to keep an eye on your oven.

Spanish Pork Stew

Needs a good old splosh of red wine to get this going, and if the bottle is open it would be rude not to finish it later!

Cider Slow Cooked Gammon

Recipe Junkie is possibly my favourite food blogger. This dish looks absolutely gorgeous and is high on my list of meals to try out.

Chicken Casserole

This post is probably the one that gets the most hits on this entire blog! It’s actually something that I never ever fancy while it’s cooking but I always love it once it’s finished, ’tis lush!


I tried to do a kleftiko in my slow cooker the other week but it was a bit… well not as good as when I pop it in the oven. I do love a good kleftiko though and this one on mumsnet has great reviews so should be well worth a try.

Beef Cheeks

I’ve never tried beef cheeks but I am a huge fan of Rick Stein, I’ve linked to Cook the Books with Kate here as I am totally approving of any blogger who talks about adding wine to a dish and drinking the rest!

I’ve also got a recipe for a slow cooked penang curry that we cooked here for New Years Eve that I should write up in the next couple of weeks but in the meantime enjoy, and I’d love to hear if you make any of these.


  1. 25th January 2013 / 5:54 am

    Ah Kate, you are too kind! Glad you like the recipes. The gammon one is dead good, but you should also try out Jen’s gammon cooked in sugar int he slow cooker. It’s a winner!

    • Kate
      25th January 2013 / 10:29 am

      Oh, that sounds great too!

  2. 25th January 2013 / 8:17 am

    Ohhh I have to try some of these ideas!

    • Kate
      25th January 2013 / 10:30 am

      Can never do too many meals in your slow cooker!

  3. Catherine
    25th January 2013 / 12:06 pm

    I’m always looking for more slow cooker recipes – these look great! I’ve just bought a big pork joint to make pulled pork in our slow cooker in a couple of weeks.

    • Kate
      25th January 2013 / 7:53 pm

      Ooooh, that sounds lovely!

  4. 29th January 2013 / 2:45 pm

    Great post! I have gotten stuck in a rut with my slow cooker and had no idea what else I could cook in it. Thanks for sharing your links, I’ll be trying these out for sure!

  5. 28th November 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I love my slow cooker! Both my breakfast and lunch are coming from it today. Thank you so much for these recipes — I’m dying to try them out.

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