Slow Cooker recipe inspiration

By Chris Bennett | 09/11/2012 | Posted in Kitchen, Recipes, Slow Cookers


The weather’s definitely getting a bit nippier now, so what better way to enjoy an evening in than with a healthy and hearty meal that all the family can enjoy?

It’s time to make your slow cooker a permanent fixture on the kitchen worktop. It’ll allow you to cook up incredibly tasty, great value meals by getting the most out of cheaper cuts of meat, while you get on with whatever else you have to have to do!

If you’re in need of some inspiration, we’ve pulled together a couple of delicious recipes to try out. Whether you’re the owner of one of our innovative slow cookers or not, give them a try and let us know how you get on.

Thai Pork Curry

This dish is the perfect meal for frugal slow cooks. You can use inexpensive shoulder meat for the recipe, which will tenderise, thanks to the long cooking time.

Serves: 6

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 4 hours on high/8 hours on low


1 tbsp sunflower oil

800g pork shoulder, diced

1 onion, sliced

90g red Thai curry paste

6 tbsp lime juice

400ml coconut milk

2 tbsp soy sauce

8 dried lime leaves

1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped

3 baby aubergines, quartered

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

2 tbsp chopped basil leaves

4 tbsp fish sauce

Thai jasmine rice, to serve


First, cook the pork and onion in the Sear and Stew Slow Cooker for around five minutes, to brown it all over.

Combine the curry paste with half the lime juice and all the coconut milk, soy sauce and lime leaves. Heat until it’s simmering and pour it over the browned pork. Add the red pepper and aubergines. Cook it for four hours on the high setting or eight hours on low.

Stir in the additional lime juice, coriander, basil and fish sauce.

Spoon portions of the curry over the cooked Thai jasmine rice and serve up your delicious meal.

Sausage, Red Onion and Bean Casserole

This is a great meal which all the family are bound to enjoy. This particular version’s made with spicy sausages, but you could use ordinary sausages or even veggie ones, if you want.

Serves: 6

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 4 hours on high/8 hours on low


2 tbsp sunflower oil

2 red onions, diced

1 carrot, diced

450g merguez sausages

450g pork or veggie sausages

2 garlic cloves, chopped

½ tsp chipotle chilli paste

200ml beef stock

400g can of chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp chopped rosemary

100g pinto beans, soaked overnight, or 420g of canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Jacket potatoes, to serve

Sour cream, to serve


Cook the sausages in your Sear and Stew Slow Cooker for five minutes, to brown them, then add the onions and carrots, cooking for a further five minutes.

Add the garlic, chilli paste, stock and tomatoes to the sausages, onions and carrots, bringing the whole mixture to a simmer.

Season it well, then stir in the rosemary and pinto beans. Cook for four hours on the high slow cooker setting or eight hours on low.

Serve the casserole with jacket potatoes and sour cream.

So there you have it, two simple and delicious recipes to tickle your taste buds. If you’re in need of a versatile new slow cooker, why not check out or brand new Sear and Stew. It makes the whole process even more hassle-free, allowing you to brown your meat and slow cook in the same pot. 

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