Slow cooker recipe roundup & KitchenAid Giveaway – by Emma Stirling APD

Are you craving rustic, home cooked comfort food like soups and stews this winter? But are you often in a rush, cooking dinner fast, when you’d love more time to take it slow? Have we got the solution for you lovely readers -our bumper Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup. AND your chance to win a KitchenAid Artisan Slow Cooker. Oh yes. Really!

Slow Food Hands Free

Part of my winter survival strategy is to get my slow cook on. I can prep and forget in the morning and then come home to the wafting smells of a ragu, braise, curry or tagine with aromatics like garlic, rosemary, star anise, cinnamon and cumin.  Or more often these days chipotle and chilli.  Using secondary cuts of meat like oyster blade or beef cheeks, which tenderise divinely low and slow, I can pad out a healthy meal with winter vegetables like pumpkin, parsnips, cauliflower, beetroot, plus favourite legumes like lentils, chickpeas or kidney beans for pulled pork tortillas.  Our recent Facebook poll revealed Slow Cooker lovers in the scoop community, so I know amongst us we have a bumper collection of recipes to share. And how thrilled was I that KitchenAid offered to support our Recipe Roundup with a giveaway prize.

Share a recipe : For your chance to win

So we’re after your all time favourite slow cooker recipe.  And all you need to do to enter our KitchenAid Artisan Slow Cooker giveaway, is to share a link to the recipe below in the comments.  Yes, it’s that easy.

Kitchenaid giveaway OMG!

Competition terms:

1. Find a favourite online slow cooker recipe from your own or inspirational blog, favourite chef, restaurant or recipe site.

2. Paste the link in our comments below with a brief description of what makes this dish so perfect in winter or why it’s your top pick.  Make sure it screams “pick me”.

3. One lucky winner with the most creative entry will be chosen and receive a home delivered KitchenAid Artisan 5.7L Slow Cooker RRP $199.00.  Multiple entries accepted.

4. Competition is open to all Australian residents and closes 5pm Wednesday 10th July AEST.

Introducing the KitchenAid Slow Cooker

I’ve had loan of the newest member of the KitchenAid family for two months now and love the design and functions of the slow cooker.  The 5.7L capacity is ample and often means I double up a dinner recipe to serve our family and stock the freezer.  It has 24hr programability and a warm setting that keeps food safe at 62degree Celsius for up to four hours after cooking.  The innovative double sided lid is great for serving and the ceramic bowl is easy to clean and *sighs with delight* dishwasher safe.

Converting traditional, pot recipes to an electric slow cooker is easy.  As a rule of thumb, reduce the liquid by at least 1/3 and increase the cooking time – 1hr in oven = 6-8hours slow cook.

Recipes we love

So let me get us started and kick off our roundup cook up.  I loved testing and eating:

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu above from

Bouef Bourguignon from Rachel Khoo Little Paris Kitchen

Spanish Style Pulled Pork from KitchenAid Australia.   For more inspiration follow @KitchenAidAusNZ on twitter and Pinterest and sign up here for their monthly newsletter full of expert tips, product info, recipes and noms.

Last but not least, I’ve been loving make slow cooker soups, loads of hearty winter soups, like spiced lentil and sweet potato for a warming lunch.

So what are you waiting for? Link us into your favourite way of taking it slow and join in our Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup in the comments below.  I can’t wait to read all the entries and get inspired. Can you?

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