A stellar collection of easy and delicious slow cooker recipes.
Slow cookers provide the perfect mealtime solution for tasty and nutritious food with a minimum of effort. Just a few ingredients in the slow cooker and a flick of the switch can produce a hot, satisfying home-cooked meal that's ready to serve at dinnertime.
300 Slow Cooker Favorites features easy, imaginative and delicious recipes such as:
Also included are tips and techniques that guarantee slow cooker success. "Night before" advice features handy and time-saving tips.
From classic comfort foods to contemporary dishes, there's a new family-favorite waiting to be discovered by anyone using a slow cooker.
Donna-Marie Pye is a best-selling author, home economist, food writer and recipe developer for food publications and food marketing boards, and author of America's Best Slow Cooker Recipes and The Best Family Slow Cooker Recipes.
My love affair with the slow cooker began many years ago when I commuted to a job that was a lengthy drive from my home. In order to have a tasty home-cooked meal on the dinner table, I would use my slow cooker at least once a week. Now, after many years of using it, I have become even more convinced of the wonderful benefits of the slow cooker.
Today, though I no longer commute, I am a freelance home economist, busy wife and mother to two children. With their array of after-school activities, I continue to use my slow cooker, looking for new and creative ways to feed my on-the-go family.
While most of us like to eat, we are all challenged by the stress of thinking about what to make for dinner every night. That's why more and more people are once again discovering the benefits of slow cookers. Introduced more than thirty years ago as a device for cooking dried beans, today's slow cooker has undergone various improvements and innovations. However, it continues to be an effective time-management tool no kitchen should be without. After all, who doesn't want to come home to a hot home-cooked meal at the end of the day?
When putting together this collection of recipes, my goal was to keep it family-friendly, to cook with ingredients and use recipes that would appeal to a busy household like mine. Some require longer slow cooking than others, but I think you will be quite surprised by how many different dishes can be prepared in the slow cooker. The recipes include traditional family favorites, as well as dishes that reflect our ever-expanding multicultural world. I still love a simple meatloaf (page 266) or macaroni and cheese (page 186). However, I can also travel to all corners of the globe - to China for saucy shredded pork flavored with hoisin and ginger (page 301), to India for a savory mulligatawny soup (page 90) or to Russia for a bowl of bubbling borscht (page 71). I have included some of my favorite desserts here too, such as an unbelievable slow cooker cheesecake (page 338) and a decadent bread pudding (page 363), along with a few appetizers, condiments and snacks that store well.
Slow cooker dishes have always been ideal for social gatherings and a great way to share food with friends. They are perfect for toting to potlucks, work functions and church events. With more than six million slow cookers being sold in North America every year, consumers are finding more ways to use this handy household appliance. For this reason, I have included a section called Entertaining with Your Slow Cooker (page 19), designed especially for those occasions when you are faced with the question, "What should I take to...?"
I hope you enjoy this collection of slow cooker recipes and will come to rely on your slow cooker to help you create stress-free home-cooked meals.
- Donna-Marie Pye
Breakfasts, Breads and Beverages
Appetizers, Dips and Snacks
Chilies and Beans
Seafood and Vegetarian Main Courses
Beef and Veal
Pork and Lamb