Showing posts with label Slow Cooker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slow Cooker. Show all posts

Sweet Potato topped Sausage and Kale Cassoulet

I do love a good, hearty and warming Crock-Pot dinner.  Crock-Pots (the original slow cooker) are fantastic and perfect for busy people and families.  Once all the ingredients are in the Crock-Pot, it can be left alone and dinner will cook itself - marvelous!

Having been asked to be part of the Collective Crock Challenge meaning myself and a few other bloggers had to name an ingredient that we'd like to see included in the Collective Crock-Pot recipe.


I was asked to name the main ingredient and I said sausages.  I say there's nothing like a proper good quality sausage; sausages in a Crock-Pot say winter is here.  None of us knew what ingredient each other had said and the people at Crock-Pot came up with this collective cooks recipe.
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Good and Filling - Sausage and Vegetable Crock-Pot Recipe

My favorite Crock-Pot recipe has to include sausages, good ones though; only proper butcher's sausages will do.  My one-pot sausage and vegetable recipe served with a good dollop of creamy mashed potato makes for perfect comfort food and is the very thing for cold weather days.

Crocktober is an exciting (and rather tasty), 30-day event to promote and celebrate all things slow cooking.  As part of the Crocktober recipe challenge, here's my latest sausage Crock-Pot or slow cooker recipe.
  

An easy, one-pot, no fuss, good and filling dinner.  Crock-Pots are fantastic since they cost very little to run making them far cheaper than having then oven on for hours.  Also as dinner cooks without you having to tend to it, Crock-Pot cooking is the way to go - marvelous!




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Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Steaks - Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

I say Crock-Pot or Slow Cookers are a brilliant invention!  Great for all kinds of easy and delicious dinners. My slow cooked pork steaks in a rich and tangy BBQ sauce melt in the mouth - just the thing to come home to a long day at work. 


I suppose you could serve this with some nice crusty bread for dipping and moping but I say for the ultimate comfort food it needs mashed potato.
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Cheesy Crock-Pot Potatoes and Beans

Crock-Pots or slow cookers have become really popular again, lets face it they are quite a marvelous invention.  They offer a very cheap way of cooking and dinner can be ready to eat as soon as you get home from work - no mess no fuss.  Now whenever you think of a meal cooked in a slow cooker you tend to think it's all stews and casseroles.  But you can actually cook certain foods wrapped in foil which of course means even less washing up as the crock-pot is as clean at the end as it was before any cooking began!

Cheesy Beany Potatoes in foil

Perfect for bonfire night or great for students these cheesy beany potatoes may not look amazing but let me tell you if you this was good!  Prepared in just five minutes then left to cook all day long while you're working or maybe you just have something else to do other than stand over a cooker. 
Lets face it baked beans are really good for you too, high in fibre and virtually fat-free which is probably just as well since these potatoes are loaded with cheese!

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Beef with Tomatoes and Sweet Paprika - Slow Cooker Recipe

My cute and dinky slow cooker from Judge Cookware is just 1.5 litres and I've found this size to be perfect as it stops me cooking far too much for two people.  I do tend to get a bit excitable and cook too much food.  

About this recipe for Beef and Tomatoes - I meant to use a red peppers, but for some reason I seem to have got side tracked and found myself chopping a carrot instead!  Anyway, I used the carrot and left out the red pepper (since the two together is a bit odd, I think) and it was fine, but when I make it again I will use a bell pepper instead.


Whatever you do please try to use sweet paprika as it will give a far nicer taste.
Of course if you wanted to you could put this in a casserole and pop it into the oven at say 180C/360F for about 3 hours, or until the meat in nice and tender.  The only problem is with the oven it does tend to need checking on more often as you will most probably find you need to turn the oven down at some point.
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Slow Cooker - Spicy Chicken Stew with Sweet Peppers and Cannellini Beans

It has to be said, this slow cooker by Judge Cookware is excellent value for money.  If you want to cook for one or two people then the 1.5 litre is the way to go.  This model is also available in larger sizes 3.5L and 5L capacity.


Recommended by Delia too!
Being a bit of a fan of slow cookers in general (and you could say I have an obsession with them) I now have four.  My largest is 6.5L but I seldom use it.  There are only two of us and I've found this size 1.5L to be perfect.
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Slow Cooker Recipe - Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Melt in your mouth pork chops cooked in a lovely rich and spicy tomatoey sauce.  Of course you can make it as spicy or not as spicy as you fancy.  Yes this is another of my make it up as I go along recipes but you can rest assured I only post ones that pass the yum test!

Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Pork cooked in a slow cooker falls apart and is so lovely and tender.  Just throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and leave on low for 7 or 8 hours - perfect.  All that's needed is either freshly baked crusty bread for dipping and mopping or some nice rice. 
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Slow Cooker Recipe - Beef in Guinness

This will do the trick on a cold winters day!   Tender beef slow cooked in Guinness with shallots, carrots, celery and other nice things.  Once it's all in the slow cooker you can forget about it and the house will smell delicious. 

   
This recipe makes enough to easily serve 6 to 8 people and can be frozen.  Just serve with a dollop of mash, a jacket potato or just some nice crusty bread.
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Sausage and Pepper Casserole for the Slow Cooker

Another 'make it up as you go along experiment' of mine - Jan's Sausage and pepper slow cooker recipe!  Of course you can cook this in a casserole dish in the oven if you wish - for a lot less time though, obviously.
Sausages and mash with a lovely rich tomatoey, sweet peppery sauce.
Remember bell peppers are not spicy, just sweet, so this is ideal for kids and it's perfect for freezing too.
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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Stew

I'm quite pleased with myself as I made this up as I went along.  I wasn't sure what to call it, but yes, I'm calling it a stew.
I had stuff in the fridge that needed using, peppers etc.  Of course, you can add whatever else you fancy
If you have a bread maker, get that on the go too - and when you get home you'll have nothing do but pour some wine - large glass of red for me please!
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Spicy Chicken Curry for the Slow Cooker

Nice and spicy Chicken Curry for when you're not in a hurry like Nigella Lawson!  This is probably the nicest tasting curry ever so it's well worth the little extra bit of effort toasting spices etc.  Oh, and it freezes well too.

slow cooker chicken curry

Adapted from a Gordon Ramsay's Spicy Beef Curry recipe from his book Healthy Appetite.  I decided that it could also be made with chicken.  So I followed it to a point, then put the lot into a slow cooker.

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