If there’s one thing that will help you learn abundant patience, it’s a slow-cooker. You’re forced to wait several hours for the meal, and as you do, your kitchen fills with the opulent aroma of your latest Crock Pot creation. I recently acquired my very own slow-cooker, prompting me to turn out meals of slowly simmered, velvety pulled pork and hearty stews. You’ll soon realize that it’s definitely worth the wait when you use your slow-cooker, whether for the ease of fix-it-and-forget-it mains or just as a way to save some extra space on the stove top.
Here are five worth-the-wait, slow-cooker recipes:
Get the Recipe: Pea, Ham and Potato Soup (pictured above)
Slowly simmering salty ham with peas and potatoes will produce a savory depth to this warm and satisfying vegetable soup.
Get the Recipe: Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Aioli
Chicken will become melting-ly tender when stewed in rich spices for several hours. Adorn the shredded buffalo chicken sandwiches with crisp celery leaves and blue cheese aioli for a sandwich that will be the star of any tailgate party.
Get the Recipe: Asian Pork Ribs
Spice up your meal routine by slathering ribs in a honey- teriyaki marinade that becomes increasingly flavorful as it slowly simmers.
Get the Recipe: Beef Pot Roast
Slow-cooking is the key to this savory, pull-apart beef pot roast, which increases in tenderness as it patiently simmers.
Get the Recipe: Tres Leches Bread Pudding
The slow cooker doesn’t have to just be about the main. The rich flavors of Kelsey’s creamy bread pudding come together in the slow-cooker leaving you enough space to prepare the rest of your menu.
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