Hearty casseroles, comforting soups and spicy curries and tagines are all big winners on winter menus. But preparing your favourite comfort fare needn’t take a lot of time when a slow cooker can do the work for you! To help you impress your friends & family this winter, we’ve pulled together our top 4 slow cooker recipes for an indulgent winter menu, from succulent meats you can cut with a fork, to a juicy braised chicken and an indulgent dessert.
• All slow cookers vary in their features. Always check your cooker’s instruction manual concerning pre-set timing options.
• Some newer slow cookers allow you to sear meat in the cooker itself, or to remove the insert to sear on the stove-top.
About Slow Cookers:
Slow-cooked food – popular in the 60s and 70s – is enjoying a renaissance; and while there are many slow cookers out there, the good news is that their repertoire has extended beyond a limited menu of stews and casseroles. “In essence, slow cookers are controllable, sensitive electric saucepans,” says Pamela Clark, Food Director at The Australian Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen. “Most of the types of food we now cook in slow cookers could have been cooked in the old versions too, but we didn’t know enough about this method of cooking.” So, what kinds of recipes are suitable for slow-cooking? Well, it seems almost everything is on the list, from fish curry to fruit cake. “There are a lot of recipes around that are about throwing everything into the cooker, setting the switch and walking away – and these are certainly the most popular for time-poor people. “There are other recipes that work best if some of the ingredients are browned first in a frying pan – and there are slow-cookers that can do this these days, unlike their basic predecessors. Other recipes require certain ingredients to be added during, or at the end of the slow-cooking process.”