Do you slow cook? What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?

I mentioned to my editor at A String of Pearls that I had proposed to my slow cooker. She asked what it said. I told her the truth it has been rather slow to answer. Seriously though I don’t know what I would do without this little beauty. Most of our dinners these days, at least on days that I work, seem to come from the slower cooker. Set it up in the morning, enjoy in the evening.

This my basic recipe for slow cooker roast, you of course can adjust it as you see fit. Recipes are guidelines after all and not written in stone.


  • Roast (beef, pork, venison, etc)
  • Onions
  • Celery (cabbage if you don’t have celery)
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Fennel
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cooking sherry


  1. Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker, set to low and walk away.
  2. 8 hours later serve for dinner.
I do change up the seasonings a bit, I might toss in some garlic and/or rosemary. Occasionally I toss in some tomatoes as well. I do save the au jus to use in gravies or seasoning other meals. As I make more and more of the dog’s food I save it all for adding to her food.
Do you slow cook? What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?

4 thoughts on “Do you slow cook? What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?

  1. We love beans so I cook them through the night (when energy is the cheapest). When we wake up, they are done and can be used in all kinds of dishes throughout the week. Sometimes I set it up to make a chili or soup but most often, it's just beans. 🙂


  2. Chilies and soups win hands down for me this time of year. Though I do quite a bit of beans, they are good by themselves or in another meal. What do you put in your beans? Mine it depends on what I am going to use them for but most often it is a ham hock or something of that nature. I also soak mine in baking soda before cooking. Helps to lower the side affects. 🙂


  3. Well, we’re vegan so no ham hocks for us. I do put some liquid smoke in them which gives them a nice flavor. I’m all over the board with beans … sometimes I make my version of Cuban black beans & serve it with rice, a salad and plantains. Sometimes I’m in a real Indian mood so I make curry flavored lentils. I love ethnic flavors so I like to pick a country and investigate their bean dishes. And then, of course, sometimes I make them very basic with almost no added flavors so that I can use them throughout the week for bean burgers, salads, sandwich spread, dip, hummus, etc. I usually soak my beans for a full 24 hours … that also helps reduce the side affects. 🙂


  4. My kids will only eat homemade hummus now. I don’t quite make it the way most recipes suggest but apparently it tastes ok. 🙂 I also love to use garbanzo’s for a veggie burger. Lentils are probably one of my most favorites though, so very, very versatile. 🙂


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