Dust off your slow cooker. It’s officially the season of low and slow, the kind you can set, forget and come home to after work just in time for dinner. It’s kind of like having a personal chef who specializes in your favorite comfort foods. Here are a few slow-cooker favorites it can help you with, from breakfast to dessert.
Waking up early is so much better when Kelsey’s Irish oatmeal is involved. Just combine oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and bananas before bed, then look forward to a sweet-and-spiced breakfast eight hours later.
There’s a surprise inside these turkey meatballs: oozing melted mozzarella. The cheesy rounds, with a combination of pesto and Parmesan makes them irresistible, particularly inside a soft sub roll.
Roasting may hog the spotlight, but slow-cooking is a stellar way to cook seasonal Brussels sprouts with even less hassle. Quickly sauté the little guys with shallots and butter to add roasted flavor. Serve them as a side dish or savor as a snack.
Think slow-cookers are reserved only for soups and stews? Alton Brown proves that theory wrong with his pepper pork chops. Brine the meat overnight wiht peppercorns and brown sugar, then cook the lot with apples. It’s best enjoyed by a crackling fireplace.
This slow-cooked pear dessert (pictured up top) is infused with all the best flavors of fall — cider, cinnamon and cloves. Pears hold up well in the slow cooker, leaving you with a festive and impressive autumn finale with little effort.
More Slow-Cooked Recipes from Family + Friends:
Feed Me Phoebe: Moroccan Lamb Chili with Chickpeas, Sweet Potatoes and Kale
The Lemon Bowl: Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetables with Cinnamon and Garlic
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Stew with Rosemary, Thyme and Sage
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Slow Cooker Cassoulet
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Slow-Cooker New Mexican Vegetable Chowder
Red or Green: Slow Cooker Red Beans, Vegetables & Rice
The Cultural Dish: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Domesticate Me: Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal (Vegan and Gluten-Free)
Taste with the Eyes: Elegant Braised Leeks
FN Dish: 6 Desserts to Cook Low and Slow