Try These Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes

December 17th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

A slow cooker is perfect for making a whole host of different dishes, from soups and stews to dinners or desserts. Because slow cooker recipes are generally very hands-off, they're great for anyone too busy to begin a complicated or time-consuming cooking project.

Your slow cooker is an easy appliance to use, and these recipes are sure to satisfy. Some dishes can take several hours to finish.

Honey Garlic Meatballs
This recipe makes a great appetizer or can be added to a pasta or other entree . This dish includes directions for homemade meatballs, but for anyone looking to save time, frozen meatballs can be used instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 1/4 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Directions

Begin by finely chopping onion and parsley and mincing garlic. In a bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, and 2/3 of the garlic. Mix well and form 16 meatballs. Place the meatballs in the slow cooker. Be sure to defrost frozen meatballs first.

In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and the remaining garlic. Slowly pour the sauce over the meatballs, and be sure to evenly coat. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. For frozen meatballs, cook on low for 4 hours.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
This hearty dish is makes for a great comfort food, especially during the cold winter months. It is loaded with veggies and protein-rich beef, so it will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 can of tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

Begin by cutting beef into bite-sized chunks. Chop potatoes, onion and celery into small pieces as well. Combine beef, potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper with Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and tomato paste in slow cooker. Cook on high for 6 to 7 hours or on low for 9 to 10 hours.

Combine flour and water in a small bowl and add to stew about half an hour before serving to add thickness. Add peas and corn as well. Cover and allow 30 minutes of additional cooking.

Zesty Barbeque Pulled Chicken
This recipe is very straightforward, and allows any cook to add a special twist. Things like lime juice, favorite spices or veggies can be added to this dish depending on personal preference and style. Selecting a mild or spicy barbeque sauce will also dictate the level of heat when it comes time to enjoy. 

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless chicken breast strips
  • 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (12 oz)
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. steak or Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Place chicken directly in slow cooker. In a separate bowl, combine BBQ sauce, salad dressing, brown sugar and steak sauce. Mix well and pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. 

Berry Cobbler
Your slow cooker is perfect for making irresistible desserts as well as savory entrees. Try this delicious recipe to wow friends and family. For a healthier dessert, replace whipped cream with a dollop of vanilla yogurt.

Berry Ingredients 

  • Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 5 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries (two 12 oz bags)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Whipped cream or vanilla yogurt

Biscuit topping ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Butter the inside of the slow cooker. Combine cornstarch, lemon juice and water and whisk in a small bowl. Add mixture, berries and 2/3 cup granulated sugar to slow cooker and mix. 

In a separate bowl, combine flour, 2 Tbsp. of sugar, salt and baking powder and whisk thoroughly. Cut butter into small pieces and add to mixture. Stir until the combination is mixed, but with some small lumps. Add milk and stir to form dough.

Add spoonfuls of dough to the berry mixture in the slow cooker. Sprinkle remaining granulated sugar and cinnamon over top. Cover and set to high for 3 to 4 hours. Let rest for 20 minutes prior to enjoying. Serve in individual bowls and add either whipped cream or vanilla yogurt.

Source: Sunrise Senior Living

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