Crock Pot Recipes, Reimagined

When you think of crock pot recipes do you think braises and stews for cold days?

They’re certainly perfect for that.

But wait. There’s more!

Your slow cooker is an awesome appliance for year-round cooking.

And you may be surprised by what dishes you can prepare in these versatile vessels!

Try these cool and unexpected crock pot recipes from some of our inspiring friends around the web.


1. Baked Potatoes

Well Plated

Preparing a satisfying potato dish doesn’t have to be difficult. Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes are simple, fluffy goodness. And easy to prepare. This method from Erin at Well Plated is great year-round without heating up the oven. 


2. Herbed Bread

Living Sweet Moments

There is nothing that compares to home cooked bread. Nothing.

It does take a few minutes of preparation to mix and knead your dough. But sometimes baking bread in a slow cooker has an advantage over the oven.

For starters, this recipe requires no rise time. Eliminating a step.

There’s no need to heat up the kitchen with your oven during hot summer months. No bread machine necessary. And for those who prefer a softer crusted bread, you will enjoy this version.

We recommend using an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of your bread before removing from the slow cooker.

Cook times can vary based on the age and model of your slow cooker. 


3. Caramelized Onions

Gimme Some Oven

Caramelized onions are a perfect ingredient to up your kitchen game.

Great as a burger or sandwich topper… these yummy morsels are amazing in soups, stews, dips, pasta, and scrambled eggs too.

But cooking caramelized onions on the cooktop is a labor of love… requiring constant attention. We love Ali’s Slow Cooker method for Caramelized Onions from Gimme Some Oven.


4. Molten Mocha Cake

Taste of Home

The slow cooker is a perfect vessel for this decadent dish that needs to be served warm. No need to stand at the cooktop melting butter and chocolate over simmering water. This Taste of Home, test-kitchen-approved recipe couldn’t be easier. It’s definitely on the menu for our next girlfriends’ night in!


5. Candy

Genius Kitchen

Who can resist a confection that’s crunchy, salty, nutty, chocolate bliss? Easy and perfect for gifting. Or as an unexpected dessert to delight party guests. Check out this editor’s pick from Elizabeth Fullerton at Genius Kitchen.



6. Asparagus and Zucchini Frittata


Perfect for brunch, lunch, breakfast or dinner… tender egg dishes like frittatas do well in a slow cooker because of the even, low temperature. Less fussy than an omelet requiring focus at the cooktop, frittatas are no less delicious. Authors of Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook, Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann created this delightful version.


7. Bone Broth

The Healthy Foodie

Homemade stock or bone broth is far superior to store-bought. But let’s be real, it takes time to develop depth of flavor on the cooktop. And a commitment not to leave your home. We love this recipe for slow cooker bone broth. The low and slow method delivers unbelievable flavor. It’s easy to pull together and cook overnight or while you’re at work.


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