You know it's really winter when no meal will satisfy you like a warm one. And there is no more convenient (or tasty) way of getting a hot meal to your plate come tea time than using a slow cooker. This winter, we highly recommend you think outside the box with your slow-cooking ideas. Stews are great, it's true. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other delish recipes you could be cosying up with.
So, without further ado, here are our must-try slow cooker recipes:
12 Hour Roast Lamb, with Pistachio and Green Olive Tabouleh | I think the title really speaks for itself. Heaven on a winter night; all that waiting time is so worth it.
Chocolate Lava Cake | It can be done! Cake in a slow cooker might sound like a hard sell, but this recipe leaves plenty of 'lava' fudge sauce to go around.
Slow Cooked Taco Soup | Here's one for the small fries. This taco soup recipe is sure to please the little people and is the perfect for a kids party, where you want to feed the hungry masses with minimal effort. And grown ups will love it too—just up the Tabasco.
Slow Roasted Veal Breast Stuffed with Sausage | Er, yum. This meat-on-meat beauty is going to make any carnivores night. And anything sausage-filled is ok in our books.
Big Batch Bolognese | Why didn't we think of this? This magnificently mince-y pasta sauce is a perfect victim for the slow-cooker treatment.
Punjabi Eggplant with Potatoes | Vegetarians will love this Indian dish, as will anyone else with tastebuds. Winter and curries were made for each other.
Spiced Vegan Porridge | The slow cooker . . . for breakfast? That's right; this spiced porridge is warm, tasty, vegan, and you can make it ahead of time. And really, who couldn't use a bit of help with their morning organisation?
Lamb Shanks with Maple and Red Wine | Shanks are classic slow-cooker fare. But this winning combo of maple and red wine takes it to a whole new level. Enjoy with a glass of red while wearing a warm pair of socks.
Slow Cooker Cornbread | Cornbread in the slow cooker is one recipe you wouldn't think would work, but it totally does. And here's the proof.
Pulled Pork | This is the easiest slow-cooker pulled pork recipe out. Serve with your slow-cooked corn bread and a 'slaw. Delish.