Here are all of the recipes I am using for Slow Cooker Week... Enjoy!
Monday's Chicken Cacciatore is a Slimming World special and can be found by clicking this link here (opens in a new window). Great served with mashed potato or rice, and also just as tasty on its own.
Tuesday's Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is nice and simple (this recipe serves six - two adults, two teens, two smalls - adjust for your own needs)...
- Brown off 800g minced beef in a frying pan, draining off the excess fat. Add one chopped onion and two cloves of crushed garlic and dry fry together for a few minutes.
- Add two tins of chopped tomatoes to the slow cooker, along with the browned mince and onions.
- Season with salt & pepper and add some Italian herb seasoning to the mix, and leave to cook on low for the day.
- Serve with spaghetti (or the pasta of your choice) cooked to packet instructions.
- 4 to 6 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken
- 1 bottle barbeque sauce (I used the Jack Daniels one)
- 1 ounce white vinegar (1/4 cup)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 ounces soft light brown sugar (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 to 1 tsp garlic powder
Thursday's Spanish Pork recipe also came from the Morphy Richards site.
- 2lb Stewing Pork – cut to 1″ cubes
- 3 rashers bacon roughly chopped – or you could use chorizo
- 3 mixed peppers – sliced (I used 2 red and 1 green)
- ½ head celery – roughly chopped (including the base as it is packed with flavour)
- 2 onions – sliced
- 1 pt chicken stock (or marigold bouillon)
- 2 tsp paprika (to taste)
- Chilli pepper to taste
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Zest of one large orange
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive Oil
- Parsley to garnish.
Add the paprika, chilli pepper and Worcestershire sauce and stir.
If you are preparing ahead you put the casserole in the fridge for up to 24 hours before casseroling or slowcooking – I put it into the slow cooker from chilled on high for an hour and then turn down.
Cook in a slow oven for up to 3 hours or in the slow cooker all day. Half and hour before serving stir in the orange zest. If need be thicken the casserole with a little corn flour – to do this put 2 teaspoons of corn flour into a small bowl (I use an espresso cup), add the sauce from the casserole to the cornflour and stir to make a thin paste. Add this paste into the casserole and stir. By adding the sauce to the flour and mixing; rather than the other way round you will not get any lumps.
Serve the casserole with green vegetables, mashed potatoes or beans or crusty bread.
(Friday is Fajita night, so on to...) Saturday, we're having Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Beef and this recipe was courtesy of Tesco.
- 2.2lbs/1 kilo slow cook beef joint
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 200ml bbq sauce
- 4tbsp soft brown sugar
- 2tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2tbsp American yellow mustard
- 1tbsp smoked paprika (pimenton)
Using the same frying pan heat the remaining oil. Add the onion, season and saute for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together.
Pour over the meat and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Do not remove the lid during cooking or it will take longer.
Remove the meat from the cooker. Shred the meat with two forks. Pour any excess off from the sauce and mix with the meat.
Serve the meat on toasted buns with rocket, tomato, peppadews or sliced pickles and red onion slices.
And on Sunday, the husband cooks our roast so it is down to him whether or not he uses the slow cooker for the gammon (ham).