Simplify mealtime with our favorite slow cooker dishes from the Cabot Kitchens
There’s nothing like a hot, wholesome meal to bring the family together at dinnertime. Given everyone’s busy schedule, it’s not always easy or practical to spend time in the kitchen at the end of a busy day preparing a meal.
Slow cookers can be the answer to your dinner dilemma. They facilitate a quick-prep, hands-off approach to cooking that makes everyone’s life easier.
There’s another benefit to preparing food in a slow cooker. It’s a great way to start kids on the road to learning real life culinary skills. With these easy-to-execute recipes and minimal supervision, your young chef can make a meal for the whole family with no danger of stovetop mishaps or oven disasters.
Slow cookers are also handy when it comes to make-ahead meals. Slow cooking a pork shoulder on Sunday can create the foundation for several meals throughout the week, like tacos, sandwiches, and salads.
Here are some of Cabot’s favorite slow cooker recipes.
Cabot’s Top 11 Slow Cooker Recipes
Cabot’s signature dish, Mac and Cheese, gets a slow cooker makeover for busy families. Try our Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese for comfort food made easier.
As days get a little cooler, chili is a perfect slow cooker choice. We have two great ways to enjoy a bowl full of yum. Turkey Chili with Colby Jack Cheese is a winner with just about everyone.
If you like your chili light and white, try our Lighten Up Rotisserie Chicken Chili.
For another hearty, cold-weather dish Cabot’s Cheddar Topped Sausage Stew will warm you from the inside out.
Here’s a slow cooker recipe that couldn’t be easier – or more fantastic. It takes only four simple ingredients to make these Slow Cooker Sausage Balls. It’s a simple way to make a dish that works for dinner, a potluck supper, or a game-day snack.
Want to try something deliciously different in your slow cooker? We have just the dish. Our Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa Casserole has great south-of-the-border flavor and is loaded with wholesome and totally tasty ingredients.
Polenta is gaining in popularity on the food scene and is makes a great slow cooker dish. We think you’ll love our Cheddar Polenta. It’s versatile – use it as a base for meat with gravy or as a simple side dish – inexpensive, and super easy to make.
Did you know that lots of seriously scrumptious side dishes can be made in your slow cooker? This one for Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole looks perfect for fall. You may want to bookmark it for Thanksgiving, too!
We just can’t get enough of one more super side. You won’t believe how full of flavor and goodness this Slow Cooker Loaded Creamed Corn is. This classic corn dish is amped up with bacon, Cabot Cheddar, and lots of delicious seasonings. In a word…yum!
Hearty soups are perfect for your slow cooker and this Spicy Hot Potato Soup is no exception. Its robust flavor with a subtle kick makes it a favorite of soup lovers everywhere.
If you’re thinking of making a lactose free stew for your family, consider this Dark Beer Braised Short Rib Stew with Winter Root Vegetables—it’s absolutely delicious!
Go to the Cabot website to find more delicious, family-friendly slow cooker recipes.
Cabot’s Top 10 Slow Cooker Tips
- Plan – Slow cookers can save time, but careful advance planning is key. Make sure you have all your ingredients ready the day before you plan to cook.
- Prep – If you want to throw your ingredients into the pot before heading out to work, spend a little time the night before on prepping ingredients, whether it’s chopping, measuring, or defrosting.
- Remember, Size Matters – Don’t overfill your slow cooker. If you’re often cooking for a crowd, invest in a bigger appliance that will accommodate larger meals.
- Preheat – Like your oven, slow cookers work better when they’ve had a chance to warm up. Turn yours to the proper setting 15 – 20 minutes before you add your ingredients.
- Layer Wisely – Tossing food into your slow cooker willy-nilly won’t yield the best results. Be sure your veggies are cut into uniform sizes for even cooking and put slower cooking foods like meat and root veggies on the bottom, where the temperature is hottest. Start with food at room temp, never frozen.
- Brown and Deglaze – Some recipes call for browning meat before the slow cooking process. If you are browning your meat, be sure to deglaze the pan with a bit of liquid and add it to the slow cooker.
- Go Easy on the Liquid – Since slow cooking releases moisture from all the foods cooking, be sure not to add too much liquid, especially if you’re using a smaller cooker.
- Don’t Peek – Slow cookers work best when they are left to do their thing in peace. Resist the urge to lift the lid to check the progress of the dish. Wait until a half hour before the food should be ready before you pop the top.
- Don’t Sweat the Soggy Stuff – If you meat comes out perfectly tender and juicy, but your veggies seem woefully overcooked, do not despair. Puree the veggies in a food processor or with an immersion blender in the juices. The added volume will thicken the juices and create a nutritious thickened gravy.
- Experiment – Slow cookers aren’t just for meat and potato dishes. There are lots of ways to change things up the easy way – not slaving over a hot stove.
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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.