Slow-cooking: so versatile and delicious
When you hear the words slow cooking, you probably think casseroles, stews, curries, chillis and other throw-the-ingredients-in-and-get-on-with-other-things dishes – and very lovely they all are. But did you know your slow cooker is capable of so much more? We’ve been experimenting with some easy ways to use your slow cooker to conjure up a range of family-pleasing dishes that are quick to prepare and taste sensational. Believe it or not, you can even make bread in a slow cooker!
It’s great to have a hearty meal on standby, without having to spend hours in the kitchen, especially when you’re working, when you’ve got the kids to entertain, or if you just have 101 other jobs around the house that need doing. So all the delicious recipes below only take about 20 minutes or less to prepare and your slow cooker does the rest, meaning you can put your feet up for a few hours.
Slow Cooking Recipes
Breakfast Banana Bread
This is such a tasty recipe for breakfast or brunch – and it’s low in fat too, providing you don’t slather it in too much mascarpone! You could make it in your slow cooker in the evening and let it cool overnight; then it’s ready for the morning. Yum!
Mexican Pull-Apart Pork
Long and slow cooking turns the humble pork shoulder into the most amazing melt-in-the-mouth pulled pork. Perfect for enjoying a taste of Mexican sunshine in your own kitchen, try piling it into tortilla wraps and add a good dollop of sour cream.
Lamb Stew with Artichoke & Peas
With soft, succulent meat, flavoursome artichokes and lots of healthy veggies, this fabulous lamb stew is the ideal dinner if you’re after something comforting and delicious.
Chocolate Orange Sponge Pudding
You just can’t beat the luscious taste of chocolate orange, so why not treat yourself to this indulgent pudding. It’s your excuse to curl up on the sofa and enjoy some real comfort food.
Clementine & Pomegranate Cheesecake
It’s surprising how versatile your slow cooker can be. Yes, you can even make a cheesecake in it. What are you waiting for?!
Cranberry & Rosemary Soda Bread
You may be surprised to know that you can cook soda bread in your slow cooker too. (We did say it was versatile!) Try this fruity version, which tastes great served with cheese.
Spiced Apple Cider Punch
There’s something so warming and comforting about a hot alcoholic tipple. Not only does it taste terrific and perks you up if you’re under the weather, it smells amazing too!
Port & Venison Casserole with Oatmeal & Parsley Dumplings
There’s no better way to end your day than coming home to this wonderfully fragrant, hearty venison casserole with fluffy dumplings. It’s SLOW delicious!
Which slow cooker do I need?
Whatever the occasion, whatever you’re cooking, and however many you’re cooking for, we’ve got a slow cooker perfect for you. Easy, time-saving, economical and efficient, producing food that’s moist and tender, not dried out and stuck to the pan, it’s no wonder slow cooking is so popular. Take a look at our full range of slow cookers.
Lakeland Slow Cookers
Easy to use, our slow cookers have three heat settings – Low, High and Auto – cook really evenly, feature glass lids so you check progress without having to let the heat out by lifting the lid up, and their removable ceramic pots are really easy to clean afterwards.
Dinner à deux
Ideal for side dishes or a meal for two, this 1.5 litre model is the one to go for if you don’t have a big family to feed. It has all the features of larger models but is compact enough to store easily.
At 3.5 litres, this version enables you to cook enough to feed a family of four. And it’s great for batch-cooking meals to store in your freezer.
Catering for a crowd
You can produce a feast for family and friends in this huge 6 litre slow cooker, and the ceramic cooking pot can be taken to the table so everyone can help themselves.
Crock-Pot have been making the bestselling slow cookers in North America for over 30 years, and it’s their versatility that makes them so popular. We sell an easy-to-use 5 litre model which has a removable hob- and oven-safe bowl, and a 5.6 litre version which gives you a wealth of options with its preset programmes and countdown timer.
Take it slow with Sage
Sage’s 6 litre Fast Slow Pro is an intelligent all-in-one multi-cooker that both slow cooks and pressure cooks. Automatically adjusting time, temperature and pressure, it ensures delicious, perfectly cooked meals every time, whether you’ve got all day or a couple of hours.
Cater for different diets
If you have a family with fussy eaters or need to cater for different dietary requirements, then our 2-Pot Slow Cooker is the ideal solution for cooking two dishes at once. With two independently-controlled pots, it allows you to serve a meat-free option, offer a dish without a certain ingredient, or even serve a scrumptious slow-cooked pudding to follow the main course.