Food & Drink

Things You Didn't Know You Could Make in a Slow Cooker

Published On 12/30/2016 Published On 12/30/2016
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Stews, pulled pork, women's liberation: The Crock-Pot has contributed some fabulous things to our lives. But most slow cookers are as underutilized as Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, which just showed me a really cool photo of the Crab Nebula. Thanks, Google. Your Crock is likewise a goldmine of untapped potential. See what that countertop bad boy can really do with these 15 low-and-slow recipes.

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Deep-dish pizza

Chicago-style deep-dish pepperoni is your new lazy weeknight dinner. And weekend party dinner. And  midnight snack. And Sunday morning hangover cure.

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Brownies

The low heat makes these brownies extra gooey and delectable. You might want to think about getting a bigger Crock-Pot.

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Fudge

Chocolate chips, condensed milk, vanilla extract, and butter are all you need for this recipe. And self-restraint. Lots of that.

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Cornbread

Slow-cooker cornbread comes out beautifully moist, and once you've mastered that you can move on to different loaves like this olive oil and rosemary focaccia.

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Cheesecake

This is the recipe to pull out when you've got someone to impress. It's a fancy cheesecake with sour cream, but if that's too bougie for you just use cream cheese instead.

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Creme brulee

It's surprisingly easy to turn your slow cooker into a bain marie (a hot water bath for cooking). Then hack that restaurant-level torched crust by toasting the custards under the broiler.

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Caramel sauce

While the sauce is still warm, dip salted pretzel sticks for homemade caramel Pocky (!!) or whole apples on a stick for old-timey caramel apples.

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Bacon jam

The Paul Simon to that slow-cooker cornbread's Art Garfunkel. (Don't argue with me on this one, the bacon is clearly Paul Simon.)

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Pumpkin butter

This one's for all you out-and-proud PSL drinkers. For everyone else, try making a slow-cooker fruit butter with cranberries or apples instead.

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Cannabutter

All this time you were making pot roasts when you could have been making cannabis-infused edibles. On the other hand, you probably got some stuff done so it's not all bad.

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Yogurt

Your intestinal flora is going to look like an English rose garden after this. You'll need one store-bought yogurt for a starter culture, but it will be the last one you ever have to buy.

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Holiday ham

This honey mustard-glazed ham recipe is ridiculously easy. And it frees up your oven space so you can roast a turkey as well, which basically means you win the holidays.

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Chicken wings

These super-sticky wings will be falling off the bone after a couple of hours in the slow cooker. Char them under the broiler for two minutes before serving.

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Grits

Down-home cooking at home is easier than you think. These need seven or eight hours in the slow cooker, so leave them on overnight and they'll be ready for breakfast.

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Risotto

Stovetop risotto requires constant stirring and ladling in small quantities of stock. It's like a needy girlfriend and you need to break up with it and date this instead. Well maybe don't date it, but if you want to keep a photo of it in your phone we think that's totally fine.

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Sarah Theeboom is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer who is now very seriously considering buying a slow cooker, mainly for the yogurt. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter.

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