Best 5 Slow-Cooker Recipes

by in Recipes, September 12th, 2013

Slow Cooker Beef PaprikashOn days when you know there’s not going to be any time to devote to cooking, there’s just one tool that makes it easy to get dinner on the table quickly: the slow cooker. This user-friendly gadget is perhaps the most go-to kitchen appliance in many families’ homes, as it will do most of the mealtime preparation for you. Once you slice and dice a few vegetables, season the meat, and add spices and liquids, all you have left to do is flip on the machine; you can leave the machine unattended for hours, then come home to a ready-to-eat meal. While soups and stews are classic slow-cooker favorites, the machine’s versatility is far-reaching, as it’s able to turn out pastas, pork and even candy with ease. Check out Food Network’s top-five slow-cooker recipes below to find both sweet and savory dishes that are easy enough to make on hectic weekdays.

5. Slow-Cooker Chocolate Candy — Trisha uses just four ingredients to make her salty-sweet treat, studded with peanuts for a welcome crunch. She lets the candy cook in the slow cooker before spooning it into cupcake liners and letting it cool.

4. Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos — Guarantee moist and tender shredded pork by cooking the meat in a richly flavorful sauce of pureed chipotles, honey and vinegar, and let your family members build their own tacos by serving the pork with a spread of classic toppings.

3. Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili — Filled with both white and kidney beans, plus hearty sweet potatoes and ground turkey, this comforting bowl is finished with a heaping pinch of chili powder, which “brightens the flavor of the chili,” according to Food Network Kitchens.

2. Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese — Trisha’s big-batch mac boasts an extra-creamy texture, thanks to a duo of milks — evaporated and whole — plus plenty of cheddar cheese.

1. Slow-Cooker Beef Paprikash — Satisfying and simple to make, this stew-like dish (pictured above) features tender meat cooked in a tomato sauce with paprika and caraway, then finished with a swirl of tangy sour cream. Make it an all-in-one supper by serving plain noodles or your favorite potatoes on the side.

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Comments (11)

  1. sueyoung says:

    It would be so helpful to add the recipe title near the photo….sometimes it never happens at all. sueyoung

  2. Eileen Stone says:

    WE ALL MISS PAULA DEEN…..GREAT SHOWS, BEST PERSONALITY AND HER FOOD WAS DELISH. ANYONE WATCHING THE SHOW HAD A CHOICE….COOK THOSE DISHES OR NOT..MODIFY OR NOT. SHE HAD A HUGE AUDIENCE. I MET HER EVERY YEAR AT SOBE IN MIAMI. LOVE HER..

    BRING HER BACK "PLEASE" SHE IS MISSED MORE THAN YOUR NETWORK REAZIZES. SOME OF YOUR NEW SHOWS ARE OK, NOT THE SAME.

  3. Eileen says:

    I WILL NEVER STOP ASKING TO BRING PAULA DEEN BACK….I SEE HER ON BOBBY'S SHOW..SO NICE TO SEE HER….SHE'S A GREAT CHEF AND CAN CREATE ANY RECIPE THAT'S HEALTHY AND WOULD BE DELICIOUS. IF PAULA HAD A SHOW WATCH YOUR RATINGS FLY…..

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  4. The Sad Six says:

    The Food Network will never be the same without Paula Deen. She gave you her all from cooking to laughter to a person that could relate to all of us. We all love her and I'm sure she has paid a price for many others that have done much worse. Paula has apologized many, many times and still continues to do so. We all make mistakes and even the Lord forgives.

    This comment comes from all the ladies (white and black) in our neighborhood who would pick a food network star and we would gather in our dens, livinging rooms or kitchen when the kids are in school and it seems that Paula Deen was the star most all the time and left us happy to return and try her recipes.

    We are begging you to please take her back.

    The six of us took a vote and we all agree your show will never be the same without Paula Deen.

  5. Glenda M. says:

    My friends and I agree that the Food Network is not the same without Paula. It looks like some new people have been added to the line up in your quest to replace her but it cannot be done. Paula is one of a kind and she is definitely missed. Please take a stand and bring her back. She apologized for making a mistake. I think you would be hard pressed to find someone from the South (or anywhere in the US) who has never used the "n" word! We always looked forward to Paula's show. So, bottom line looks like she would have been better off lying and saying she had never used it.

  6. marie says:

    paula deen is sorely missed. You should extend an olive branch to show your appreciation for her AND to help your network.

  7. tlperkins says:

    We all make mistakes! What happened to forgiveness? Is it really good business to not have her show aired any longer on Food Network? Please bring her back!

  8. Michelle says:

    Personally, I don't miss Paula. Her recipes were far too loaded with fat. She has a great TV presence, I'll give you that.. but I wouldn't ever make any of her recipes.

  9. estella says:

    Sorry, Paula's recipe were so unhealthy, I don't miss her,

  10. kathy sager says:

    If we're bringing someone back, let's get Anne Burrell in a cooking
    capacity. I've seen all her "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef" at least four times. Please put her show back on or remove the old, over-used shows. I love and miss Anne and I know I'm not alone.

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