After months of procrastination, searching for recipes I might use and trying to choose which model I prefer, I have finally purchased a slow cooker.
Since it’s something to experiment with (which could well end up not working for us at all) I went for a fairly low cost model, the Cookworks 6.5l slow cooker from Argos . It’s not very fancy, although I think it looks just as nice as much more expensive models, and it has near perfect reviews.
I have such a long list of recipes I want to try out. Last night, I had my first go at using it. I made Coq au Vin for myself and the Husband (I’ll pop the recipe further down) and we were both really pleased with it. I had to tweak the recipe a little bit since Husband can’t eat onions. The flavours were really rich and the meat was ridiculously tender – it fell apart when I tried to get it out with tongs and it could be cut up with fork!
I’m planning on trying out a beef stew this weekend. I don’t often cook beef as I’m always worried about it being tough. I reckon slow cooking is the answer. I’m always very keen to try some sweet recipes, such as rice pudding and poached fruit.
Here’s the recipe for Coq au Vin:
4 chicken breasts, each cut in half
2 tbsp oil (I used vegetable oil)
25g plain flour
200ml red wine
400ml chicken stock
- Heat the oil in a big pan and fry the bacon for a few minutes then remove from the pan.
- Coat the chicken in flour and cook in the pan for a few minutes on each side until nicely browned.
- Put the bacon back in the pan and add the wine and stock. Bring to the boil.
- Put everything in the slow cooker and cook for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low (timings might be different for your slow cooker, this is correct for my model).
- Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
I served the chicken with mashed potato and greens beans and gravy made from the cooking sauce mixed with a teaspoon or so of gravy granules.
I’ll add more recipes as I try them out. Do you have a favourite slow cooker recipe? Do share it below!